Shoeys could soon be an international delicacy now that Married at First Sight Australia 2022‘s Al Perkins has joined Love Island Australia for its newest season.

Al certainly had no luck in love while he was wed to Samantha Moitzi on MAFS; however, it seems the 26-year-old is moving on to bigger and better things. E.g. Swapping out the Sydney dating scene for Spain!

As reported in episode 211 of the So Dramatic! podcast, a source confirmed to host Megan Pustetto that Al has signed onto Nine’s hit dating series.

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Married at First Sight Australia 2022‘s, Al Perkins has joined Love Island Australia 2022. Source: Nine.

Adding more fuel to the fire, Al’s typically active Instagram page has been verrrrrry quiet, with no posts since August 23.

You may be thinking, “wait, Love Island is broadcast live and typically doesn’t air until late in the year why is Al already MIA online?” We’re glad you asked!

For the first time, the Aussie iteration of Love Island is being filmed ahead of time, with the show already unfolding in Mallorca at the time of publication.

Sources Reveal Why Love Island Australia 2022 Is Being Filmed Ahead of Schedule

In a statement provided to So Dramatic! from the show’s production company, ITV Studios, a spokesperson said the show has already commenced in a “stunning new villa in Mallorca in Spain”.

“We have assembled an amazing cast, and Sophie Monk is back hosting in what is set to be a hot and sizzling season with more secrets from the new Love Island villa to be revealed soon!”

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ITV Studios confirmed that Sophie Monk has returned as host. Source: Nine.

Another source told So Dramatic! that the reason for the early filming of the show was the availability of the Mallorcan villa.

The OG UK series is also filmed in the popular holiday location.

Love Island Australia returns to Spain for the first time since its inaugural season in 2018.

Season two was filmed in Fiji, while 2021’s season was filmed Down Under in Byron Bay, following COVID restrictions.

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Love Island Australia returns to Mallorca for the first time since 2018. Source: Nine.

The decision to film ahead of time is particularly bizarre, considering audience participation is a valued part of the series.

So, we’ll have to stay tuned to see how the new format will unfold!

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