Shipwrecked ‘sexed up’ with flirtation and boozy beach parties as E4 show is praised by viewers as ‘Love Island without the fakeness’

SHIPWRECKED returned to TV tonight after 7 years away from our screens and viewers couldn’t help but compare the show to Love Island.

It’s not just the skimpy bikinis and six-packs that caused the comparison – there were already some hints of romance on the island.

Shipwrecked is back and more about flirtation than survival

And while the Sharks and Tigers are battling to become the biggest tribe and win £50,000, it seems some of the islanders are already looking to couple up.

Liv and Chris appeared to kick it off straight away and Holly admitted she’d be up for romance on the island, meanwhile international model Harry described himself as a “single pringle, ready to mingle”.

The group were also invited to host their own boozy island party as the show appeared to veer away from survival and towards titillation.

But viewers were loving the flirtations and took to Twitter to call the show Love Island without the “fakeness”.

Things are already hotting up
The show is sexier than ever
Harry is single and ready to mingle
There’s already been some flirting

Meanwhile, some original fans of the programme were annoyed the show has been “sexed up” for younger audiences.

The show was first broadcast on T4 back in 1999 and some of the show’s original viewers tuned in to see how the new version would compare.

Shipwreck kicked off tonight with a huge row, where one girl threatened to knock out her rival in a fight about whether mermaids exist.

Tensions on the Island are already fiery, as the Tigers and the Sharks battle it out.

Liv is a 19-year-old model who describes herself as “fiery” and a “hot head” and threatens to knock Big T out
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The unlikely fight begins when the group play a getting to know you game and Liv reveals that she believes in mermaids, which angers Tula – also known as Big T.

Liv says: “95% of the ocean is still undiscovered so you can’t even say that there’s not.”

To which Big T responds: “That is so dumb!”

But then it gets out of hand, as Liv asks: “Does she want me to knock her out? ‘Cause I will knock you out.”

Big T tries to keep it cool as Liv threatens her
The feuding pair had to be kept apart
E4 teased a first look earlier today, where Liv loses her temper
Big T is called a dog by Liv
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Tom, Tula, Kush, Liv, Chris, Kalia, Emma, Hollie and Harry are the contestants starting out on Shipwrecked this year
Channel 4

She then continues to call Big T, a ‘dog’, and says: “Just remember, I was first on this Island, b***h. Remember that.”

Other camp members then try to intervene before it gets too nasty.

Speaking about why she was chosen to star on the show, Liv previously said: “I am from a council estate and I have never done anything like this before.

“I am a very strong person, I know who I am and what I am about. If I want something I will get it.”

The Sun revealed in April 2018 that Channel 4 bosses had earmarked Shipwrecked for a “supercharged” return in 2019 after being inspired by the success of Love Island.

And The Sun’s Bizarre column exclusively revealed the 2019 line-up on Sunday, January 20 – and there are models and influencers galore.

The show will air every weeknight for the next three weeks at 9pm on E4.

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