Love Island fans are not impressed by the baby challenge featured on the show. Since Love Island premiered, viewers have witnessed the introduction of many challenges to the show to increase the fun and spark viewers’ interest. Many of the challenges mimic real-life situations — as the show tries to test how the couples would react in such situations. One of the Love Island challenges that perfectly fits that description is the “baby challenge.” The challenge sees each couple given a baby doll and saddled with the responsibility of tending to its every need.
Although some Love Island couples proved their parenting credentials through the challenge, there have been more mishaps during the challenge. Most contestants tend to take it flippantly as they can’t stand the crying and nearly everything linked with the challenge. This has led to some serious cases of baby abuse on the show. There have been instances where arms were ripped off or babies were thrown around carelessly. For obvious reasons, the challenge has become a polarizing topic amongst the fanbase, with many of them feeling it is pointless.
However, during the last week of Winter Love Island 2023, the five remaining couples faced the baby challenge. At first, the couples had mixed reactions, but they quickly adjusted and picked lovely names for their babies. Although the Winter Love Island couples mostly took the challenge seriously, fans have again brought up conversations about the usefulness of the challenge. Many of them can’t stand the constant crying from the babies and feel it adds no value to the show.
Love Island Fans Hate “The Baby Challenge”
Following the “baby challenge” episode on Winter Love Island, fans assembled on Reddit to give their thoughts about the famous challenge. Reddit user u/spicypangolins opened the floodgates as they started a thread with the tagline, “Why is the baby challenge still part of the show?”
The OP went on to rip through the challenge, dubbing it “100% the worst part of the show.” The user also noted how cringing it was to watch grown adults pretending to care for plastic dolls. However, the most annoying part seemed to be watching an hour of a fake baby crying. Most of the users agreed with the points raised by the OP. One particular fan u/mytypeonpaper_ quipped:
“THANK YOU I literally screamed “NOOOO” when I saw this was the next episode. It’s actually painful to watch (both to my ears and my eyes).”
Another user u/Birthday_cake1997 added:
“yeah, I don’t get it either, I always skip it. I did not just work all day to come home and relax to the sound of fake babies screaming and crying.”
Some of the fans even brought up suggestions of what producers can introduce to the show to replace the baby challenge. Most would rather watch anything than endure one hour of the challenge.
Winter Love Island Fans Want More Creative Challenges
As the conversation continued on the Reddit thread, the users soon focused on the producers. Many fans expressed their displeasure at their performance and called them out for lack of creativity. Many Love Island fans questioned why the producers seemed comfortable putting up the same scenarios and challenges every season. They labeled it boring and claimed if changes weren’t made, it would eventually affect the show’s viewership.
One user, u/Hoggos, put the situation into proper perspective with their submission. The user noted how movie night was the only event/challenge introduced in over six seasons that is at par with Casa Amor. Another section of users felt more generous as they decided to share some ideas with the producers. One of the users, u/shouldvehadavh, wrote:
“this would be so good!!! What happened to the challenges where one person is blindfolded, and the other gives directions? I swear season 5 or 6 had one of these obstacle course-type challenges.”
Meanwhile, this won’t be the first time Love Island fans will complain about the quality of “challenges” on the show. At this point, adding one or two tweaks to the show will do more good than harm. Too much predictability for a reality TV series only kills the fun.