Love Island U.S.A.: Zac Mirabelli and Elizabeth Weber Win the Inaugural Season
WARNING: The following post contains spoilers from the Love Island finale.
Love Island fans, meet your stateside winner.
After five weeks of watching the first cast of American Islanders navigate the beloved British show’s tried-and-true format, fans crowned their favorite couple on Wednesday night’s finale on CBS: Zac Mirabelli and Elizabeth Weber, who took home a check for $100,000.
Now a cultural phenomenon, the show begins with a group of sexy singles who couple up (sharing beds!), while their every move is monitored, Big Brother-style. Every few days, a re-coupling ceremony takes place and those who fail to find a partner risk being dumped from the island. Challenges abound with new Islander arrivals, all while viewers vote on who stays and who goes.
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CBS announced last week that the network had renewed Love Island for a season 2.
Speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour, entertainment president Kelly Kahl said the audience is “comprised of people who don’t watch CBS” and is “our most-streamed show of the season, outpacing Big Brother, Survivor and even The Big Bang Theory,” Entertainment Weekly reported.
“The passion of Love Island‘s audience is incredible,” he added in a statement. “The intensity of their social media engagement has created tremendous enthusiasm for the series here at the network. We love the show’s creative execution and can’t wait for next season.”