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'Big Brother' Host Emma Willis Plays Down 'Love Island' Rivalry, After Getting Hammered In The Ratings

She even hopes 'BB' can make it to its 20th series.

01/08/2017 08:26

‘Big Brother’ host Emma Willis has attempted to play down the show’s rivalry with ‘Love Island’, after it was slaughtered in the ratings by the ITV2 series. 

The latest civilian run of the Channel 5 show drew some of its lowest figures in its 17-year history throughout June and July, as ‘Love Island’ pulled in record ratings for ITV2, attracting over 2.5million people an episode. 

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'Big Brother' presenter Emma Willis

But Emma doesn’t seem disheartened by the fact less than a million people often tuned in to ‘BB’, revealing her hopes it will reach its 20th series. 

Her comments were markedly different to those made by ‘Love Island’ voice over guy Iain Stirling last month, who claimed his show was “more relevant”.

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Speaking to HuffPost UK, he said: “It’s summertime, we’ve got beautiful people, big characters, the villa is gorgeous. What do you want to watch - a load of people in the arse end of England in a little house, or just beautiful people with six packs running around a luxury, multi-million pound villa?

“It’s just more visually entertaining.”

Meanwhile, Emma will be back on screens tonight (1 August) for the launch of the latest ‘Celebrity’ run of ‘Big Brother’, which will be unchallenged in the ratings, following Love Island’s final last week. 

‘Celebrity Big Brother’ launches tonight at 9pm on Channel 5. 

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