Love Island gets more applicants than top universities

Once again the British nation has been struck with a case of Love Island fever with recent statistics showing that more than double the number of people applied to star in the raunchy reality television programme than they did to study at Oxford and Cambridge universities combined, writes Abigail Rabbett for Cambridge News.

According to statistics published by The Daily Mail, 85,000 hopeful contestants applied to appear on the ITV Mallorca-based show this year alone. That’s compared to 36,000 who applied to study at Oxbridge. The surprising statistic has caused a bit of a stir on social media, sparking controversy. BBC presenter Dan Walker has negative views on the latest statistics, tweeting: “I’ve just read that more people applied for Love Island this year than Oxford and Cambridge! What is happening to us?”

Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys Williams responded to Walker’s tweet, writing: “But Oxbridge isn’t a realistic aspiration for 99% of people. Anyone can fill out a form and apply for Love Island – gain 10,000 followers on Instagram and get sponsored by BooHoo.com, compared to the strenuous process of applying for those universities.”
Full report on the Cambridge News site