Temptation Island (TV series)

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Temptation Island
Genre Reality television
Written byAliyah Silverstein
Brendan Wentworth
Presented by Mark L. Walberg
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes36
Production locations Ambergris Caye, Belize and Roatán, Honduras and Maui, Hawaii
Running time60 minutes
Production companies Fox Television Studios
Rocket Science Laboratories
Distributor 20th Television
Original network Fox (2001–2003)
USA Network (2019–present)
Original releaseJanuary 10, 2001 (2001-01-10) – September 29, 2003 (2003-09-29);
January 15, 2019 (2019-01-15) 

Temptation Island is an American reality television program broadcast on Fox and USA Network in which several couples agree to live with a group of singles of the opposite sex, in order to test the strength of their relationships. It is based on the Dutch TV-program Blind Vertrouwen (translated as Blind Faith) created by Endemol and has been adapted in various countries.



The first season of the show was taped on Ambergris Caye in Belize. Season 1 premiered on January 10, 2001 and aired its finale on February 28, 2001. The debut episode drew 16 million viewers. [1] The show was controversial from the get-go, [2] [3] something that Fox hoped would drive ratings. Four male contestants lived in one section with a dozen female models, and the four female contestants lived in another section with a dozen attractive men. The initial couples were Kaya Wittenburg and Valerie Penso, Mandy Lauderdale and Billy Cleary, Ytossie Patterson and Taheed Watson, and Andy Lukei and Shannon Roghair. Patterson and Watson were removed from the show when the producers learned that the pair had children together. The remaining three couples continued.

Season 2 premiered on October 31, 2001 and delivered poor ratings. [4] After a nearly two-year layoff, a third edition of the series premiered on August 28, 2003. Like Season 2, Season 3 also delivered poor ratings. [5]

Mark L. Walberg hosted all three editions. Reruns once aired on Hulu, but are no longer available there.

A revamped version of the show, once again hosted by Walberg, [6] premiered on the USA Network on January 15, 2019. [7] USA Network announced the show was renewed for a fifth season on February 26, 2019. [8] On August 22, 2019, it was announced that the fifth season would premiere on October 10, 2019. [9] [10]

On January 28, 2021, it was announced that the sixth season would premiere on February 16, 2021. [11] [12]

Series Overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
111January 10, 2001 (2001-01-10)February 28, 2001 (2001-02-28)
211October 31, 2001 (2001-10-31)December 0, 0000 (0000-00-00)
311August 28, 2003 (2003-08-28)December 0, 0000 (0000-00-00)
412January 15, 2019 (2019-01-15)March 26, 2019 (2019-03-26)
512October 10, 2019 (2019-10-10)December 19, 2019 (2019-12-19)
612February 16, 2021 (2021-02-16)April 27, 2021 (2021-04-27)


Seasons 4 and 5 were filmed on Maui, Hawaii. The couples were:

Season 4

#CoupleOccupationHometown# Years DatingStatusNotes
1Javen ButlerSenior Records Clerk San Francisco, CA8 yearsEngagedThey got engaged on the show. [13]
Shari LigonsRecruiter / Human Resources
2Karl CollinsPara-Professional Educator Chicago, IL2.5 yearsDatingThey broke up on the show, but later got back together. [14] [15]
Nicole TutewohlSales Executive
3John ThurmondBusiness Owner Fort Worth, TX 3 yearsSplitOn the show, John dated Katheryn and Kady dated Johnny. Both are now single. [16]
Kady KrambeerMarketer
4Evan SmithProfessional Trainer Los Angeles, CA5 yearsSplitEvan is the son of Gavin Smith. On the show, Evan broke up with Kaci to begin a relationship with Morgan Lolar. Evan and Morgan became engaged after the show but they ended the relationship the following year. Morgan and Kaci are now on good terms. [17]
Kaci CampbellBusiness Owner

Season 5

#CoupleOccupationHometown# Years DatingStatusNotes
1Kate GriffithSales Executive Hoboken, NJ 3 yearsSplitDavid left with Toneata, but the two later split; David and Kate got back together, but later split again.
David BenavidezSales Executive
2 Esonica Veira Miss Universe US Virgin Islands 2017Decatur, GA6 yearsSplitEsonica left with Kareem, but the two later split.
Gavin RockerPrivate Security
3Ashley HowlandDental AssistantDeland, FL1.5 yearsSplitCasey proposed to Ashley who rejected the proposal; Ashley left with Ben, but the two later split.
Casey StarchakOnline Sales
4Ashley GoldsonStore ManagerBoston, MA4 yearsSplitAshley and Rick decided to leave together, but the two later split.
Rick FleurModel

Season 6

#CoupleOccupationHometown# Years DatingStatusNotes
1Chelsea OrcuttMarketing Coordinator West Hollywood, CA 1 yearDatingChelsea and Tom decided to leave the island together.
Thomas GipsonInvestment Trader
2Erica WashingtonPersonal Assistant Los Angeles, CA 2 yearsSplitErica broke things off with Kendal and left the island alone. Kendal left the island with Alexcys, but Alexcys broke things off shortly after.
Kendal KirklandBusiness Owner
3Erin SmithBehavioral Therapist San Diego, CA 1.5 yearsDatingThe couple left the island together. Erin broke up with Corey at the reunion. However they are now back together
Corey SobczykConcierge Manager
4Kristen RamosPhysical Therapist Sewell, NJ 11 yearsEngagedKristen and Julian are high school sweethearts. Before they left the island together, Julian proposed and Kristen accepted.
Julian AllenPersonal Trainer

International versions

CountryNameHostChannelFirst year aired
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Confianza ciegaJuan Castro Canal 9 2001
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Temptation IslandPeter Colquhoun 7 Network December 21, 2002
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Ilha da SeduçãoBabi Xavier SBT 2002
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Островът на изкушението
Ostrovat na izkushenyeto
Vitomir Saraivanov Nova TV November 1, 2007 – January 18, 2008
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Amor a Prueba Karla Constant Mega December 1, 2014
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Temptation Island SuomiSami Kuronen Nelonen 2015 – present
Flag of France.svg  France L'Île de la tentationStéphane Bouillaud
Céline Géraud
TF1 July 6, 2002 – August 26, 2008
Laurent Fontaine Virgin 17 April 27, 2010 – June 18, 2010
Julie Taton W9 July 2019
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Temptation Island – Versuchung im Paradies Angela Finger-Erben RTL March 6, 2019 – present
Temptation Island VIPOctober 18, 2020 – present
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary A Kísértés Balázs Sebestyén RTL Klub 2004
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Vero amore
Temptation Island
Maria De Filippi
Filippo Bisciglia
Canale 5 May 19, 2005 – June 9, 2005
July 3, 2014 – present
Temptation Island VIP Simona Ventura
Alessia Marcuzzi
September 18, 2018 – present
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Confianza Ciega SKY 2004
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium (Flanders)
Temptation IslandTine Van den Brande and Ton van Royen VT4
Tine Van den Brande and Viktor Brand VT4
Hans Otten and Tanja Jess VT4
2005 – 2006
Véronique De Kock and Co Roworth2007
Annelien Coorevits and Rick Brandsteder VIJF
2016 – 2020
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Temptation Island VIPSKaj Gorgels and Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau Videoland 2018 – 2019
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Temptation Island: Love or LeaveKaj Gorgels and Monica Geuze Videoland 2020 – 2021
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines Love In Temptation IslandNone TV5 Supposed airdate was on 2012; Cancelled
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Confiança CegaFelipa Garnel SIC 2001
Ilha da TentaçãoCarlos Ribeiro TVI 2002
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Temptation Island - Insula IubiriiRadu Vâlcan
Iulia Gheorghe
Antena 1 2015 – present
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Остров Искушений
Ostrov Iskushenij
Vladislav Galkin REN TV 2005
Flag of Sweden.svg Flag of Norway.svg Flag of Denmark.svg
Temptation IslandPontus Gårdinger (2002)
Pernille Aalund (2002)
Martin Björk (2003)
Kanal 5
2002 – 2003
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Confianza CiegaFrancine Gálvez Antena 3 January 2002
La Isla de las Tentaciones Mónica Naranjo (1)
Sandra Barneda (2-)
January 9, 2020 – present
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Temptation Island UKEd Hall Sky1 September 23, 2001 – March 24, 2002

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