The Survival Of The Fittest Ain’t No Love Island, But It’ll Have To Do

The contestants have been announced and yes, they're all young, fit, single and very likely to mingle

The Survival Of The Fittest Ain't No Love Island, But It'll Have To Do

by Jazmin Kopotsha |
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It was only a matter of time before another showcase of Britain’s ripped, tanned and beautiful hit our screens. And while many of us are secretly yearning for the return of last year’s reality TV phenomenon, Love Island – let’s be real, I don’t think anyone could have predicted how dramatically it was going to take over our lives – ITV2 is offering something similar. Kind of.

Many are calling it the 'Winter Love Island' but to avoid confusion let me clarify that it is most definitely not...

Introducing Survival Of The Fittest, what seems to be ITV’s Love Island-esque follow up to that weird [Bromans](https://thedebrief.co.uk/things-to-do/tv-and-film/bromans-trailer-itv2-gladiator-show/or-show/) sho (Where guys competed in physical, clothing-less tasks but set in the Roman empire. So, like, Romans. But for bros) that aired towards the end of last year.

‘From the makers of Love Island, comes the ultimate battle of the sexes’, the voice over says in the show’s trailer. Then the girls strut and the boys flex a bit. ‘Under the African sky, sparks will fly’, the voice over continues.

WATCH ITV2’s Survival Of The Fittest Trailer

The premise of it all transpiring to be a hook up show is set by ‘Steve’ in the back who instead of stepping up to the plate to compete is found to be snogging one of the female contestants. Don’t worry, everyone recruited for the show is single so it would seem this sort of behaviour is encouraged – ‘cause its prime-time TV, ain’t it.

What’s the point, you ask? Well beyond some easy week night telly watching disguised as an excuse to give the Netflix account a bit of a break, the contestants are in with a chance of winning a cash prize.

Who’s On Survival Of The Fittest?

Laura Whitmore will be hosting the fun in the sun. As for the participants, we have six boys and six girls, among who you’ll find Danny Dyer’s oldest daughter, Dani, and Georgia Toff Toffolo’s ex-boyfriend James Middleton.

Then there’s a guy called Warren Phillips who won The Face Of Gloucester competition (yep, a real thing) back in the day. Mariam Musa who went to the same school as Disclosure, Tia Latham who is a model, Jenny West of The West Twins (social media double act) Georgie Clarke who works as a Tax Credit consultant in real life and Business Development Manager Georgia Cole.

Other names to look out for are Tristan Jones who is a model too, PT David Lundy, Ryan Cleary who is a Jeweller and Callum Pardoe from South Wales.

When is Survival Of The Fittest On?

Sunday 11th February is the day, ladies and gents. Tune in to ITV2 at 9pm for the hot, sweaty and anticipatory raucous festivities.

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The Debrief Celebrity Cameos In Friends

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Janine, aka Elle Macpherson

Joey's Australian dancer roommate who is the real reason we got to witness Ross and Monica perform 'The Routine'.

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Philip Schofield?!

Phillip Schofield shocked This Morning viewers by admitting he'd been on Friends, well, kinda. He's a superfan of the show, and so he actually went along to a viewing of Friends in the 90s. His laugh can be heard in a scene between Jennifer Aniston's Rachel and Matt Le Blanc's Joey in series three.He said: 'I have actually been on Friends. I've been in an episode of Friends. The one where they keep the scary books in the fridge. When I say I was on Friends... my laugh was on Friends.'

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Sandy, aka Freddie Prinze Jr.

The male nanny who Ross had an uncomfortable, definitely not okay, problem with.

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Melissa Warburton, aka Winona Ryder

Remember the big kiss? The one that Rachel apparently had in college with Melissa but no one believes her? That was with Winona.

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Ben, aka Cole Sprouse

Ross's son with Carol was not in the show anywhere near as frequently as he should have been. But the episode where Rachel teaches him how to pull pranks is gold.

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Ralph Lauren, aka Ralph Lauren

Kind of makes sense to have the real life fashion person referred to in Rachel's TV world job, played by the real life person.

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Susie Moss, aka Julia Roberts

Susie stole Chandler's clothes after having him undress in a cubicle in some restaurant toilets as revenge for teasing and pulling up her skirt when they were at school.

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Officer Goodbody, aka Danny Devito

Phoebe's last minute stripper for her bachelorette party was a fantastic dancer, and I won't hear otherwise.

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Dr. Michael Mitchell, aka George Clooney

Meet hot doctor number one who somehow finds himself in the middle of Rachel and Monica's identity swap after Monica loses her health insurance.

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Jamie, aka Helen Hunt

Helen popped up way back in the first season to give Friends a weird cross over into the Mad About You world. She tries to order coffee from Phoebe. It's a bit awks.

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Cousin Cassie, aka Denise Richards

Ah cousin Cassie Gellar. A relative who comes to stay with Monica but is oogled at a bit too much by Chandler so then goes to stay with Ross and has a weird moment over there too.

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Andrea Waltham, aka Jennifer Saunders

What a role, eh? Andrea played mother to Emily (Ross's wife who's name he did not say at the alter) and answers the phone to poor pregnant Phoebe who wasn't able to fly to London for the wedding.

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Tim and Tomas, aka Billy Crystal and Robin Williams

The award for the most out of nowhere cameo probably goes to these two guys who sat on the gang's sofa in the coffee house. Robin's character thinks his wife is cheating on him and for such an impromptu skit, it's pretty funny.

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Will Colbert, aka Brad Pitt

Aka co-president of the 'I Hate Rachel' club and lover of Thanksgiving food.

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Paul Stevens, aka Bruce Willis

Paul is dating Rachel after she breaks up with Ross who is dating Paul's daughter Elizabeth. It's one of the best awkward relationship squares that I can think of and that pep-talk moment in the mirror is A-grade brilliance.

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Richard Crosby, aka Gary Oldman

If you thought the guy who plays opposite Joey in a film then here's why. There's an awkward joke about an Oscar that he hasn't won (in real life and on the show).

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Leonard Hayes, aka Jeff Goldblum

Leonard/Jeff ends up getting peed on by Joey while congratulating him for a great audition, and I think we'll leave it there.

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Erica Ford, aka Brooke Shields

Yep, Joey's creepy Days Of Our Lives stalker is played by the Brooke Shields.

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Zack, aka John Stamos

To jog your memory, Zack is someone Monica and Chandler want as a sperm donor - they just don't tell him this!

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Amy Green, aka Christina Applegate

Here we have one of the Green sisters. We only meet Amy twice, and she has a real issue with getting Rachel's daughter Emma's name right.

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Jill Green, aka Reese Witherspoon

And here we have the other Green sister. She's Rachel's younger sister who comes to find her in the city hoping to start a new life like Rachel did but, well, doesn't. We think dating Ross to spite Rachel might have had a little something to do with it...

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Tommy, aka Ben Stiller

Remember Tommy the screamer?

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Erica, aka Anna Faris

Fun fact, Monica and Chandler's baby girl (one of the twins they adopted from Erica) would be about 17 now.

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Ryan, aka Charlie Sheen

Ryan, one of Phoebe's old flames, comes into town for a couple of weeks and hangs around even though Phoebe has the chicken pox. I suppose you could say it's kind of sweet.

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Kristen, aka Gabrielle Union

Kristen is one of the many women that Joey and Ross bicker over. She appears in The One With The Cheap Wedding Dress (when the girls go to that crazy discount store to help Monica find her dress) and ultimately choses to date neither of them.

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Wendy, aka Selma Blair

Miss Oklahoma runner up and causer of Christmas friction between Chandler and Monica.

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Jessica Lockhart, aka Susan Sarandon

We really hope no one took Jessica's screen kissing tips seriously. She's one of Joey's Days of Our Lives co-stars who is involved in that weird brain swap scenario.

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Mackenzie, aka Dakota Fanning

Nine-year-old Dakota Fanning played the little girl who chats to Joey when he's taken by Chandler and Monica to visit a house out in the suburbs. Neither of them wanted the sale to happen so they bonded.

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Guy on plane, aka Hugh Laurie

Let's have a moment for the unfortunate, nameless guy who has to sit next to Rachel on the flight from New York to London when she's adamant about telling Ross how she feels.

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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