Temptation Island (TV series)

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's based on the Dutch TV-program Blind Vertrouwen (translated as Blind Faith) created by Endemol and has been adapted by different countries.

Temptation Island
GenreReality television
Written byAliyah Silverstein
Brendan Wentworth
Presented byMark L. Walberg
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes38
Production location(s)Ambergris Caye, Belize and Roatán, Honduras and Maui, Hawaii
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Fox World
DistributorFox Television Studios
20th Television
Original networkFox (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) 


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, 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.[2] 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.[3]

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,[4] premiered on the USA Network on January 15, 2019.[5] USA Network announced the show was renewed for a second season on February 26, 2019.[6] On August 22, 2019, it was announced that the fifth season will premiere in October 10, 2019.[7][8]

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
18January 10, 2001 (2001-01-10)October 31, 2001 (2001-10-31)
212November 7, 2001 (2001-11-07)February 14, 2002 (2002-02-14)
38August 28, 2003 (2003-08-28)September 29, 2003 (2003-09-29)
411January 15, 2019 (2019-01-15)March 26, 2019 (2019-03-26)
511October 10, 2019 (2019-10-10)December 19, 2019 (2019-12-19)


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

Season 4

CoupleHometown# Years DatingStatusNotes
Javen Butler & Shari Ligons San Francisco, CA 8 years Engaged
Karl Collins & Nicole Tutewohl Chicago, IL 2.5 years Split
John Thurmond and Kady Krambeer Fort Worth, TX 3 years Split On the show, John dated Katheryn and Kady dated Johnny. Both are now single.[9]
Evan Smith & Kaci Campbell Los Angeles, CA 5 years Split Evan is the son of Gavin Smith. On the show, Evan broke up with Kaci to begin a relationship with Morgan Lolar. Evan and Morgan are currently engaged.

Season 5

# Couple Occupation Hometown # Years Dating Status notes
1 Kate Griffith Sales Executive Hoboken, NJ 3 years TBD
David Benavidez Sales Executive
2 Esonica Veira Leasing Professional and former beauty pageant queen Decatur, GA 1 year TBD
Gavin Rocker Private Security
3 Ashley Howland Dental Assistant Deland, FL 1.5 years TBD
Casey Starchak Online Sales
4 Ashley Goldson Store Manager Boston, MA 4 years TBD
Rick Fleur Model

International versions

CountryNameHostChannelFirst year aired
 Argentina Confianza ciega Juan Castro Canal 9 2001
 Australia Temptation Island Peter Colquhoun 7 Network December 21, 2002
 Brazil Ilha da Sedução Babi Xavier SBT 2002
 Bulgaria Островът на изкушението
Ostrovat na izkushenyeto
Vitomir Saraivanov Nova TV November 1, 2007 – January 18, 2008
 Chile Amor a Prueba Karla Constant Mega December 1, 2014
 Finland Temptation Island Suomi Sami Kuronen Nelonen 2015–present
 France L'Île de la tentation Stéphane 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
 Germany Temptation Island – Versuchung im Paradies Angela Finger-Erben RTL March 6, 2019 – present
 Hungary A Kísértés Balázs Sebestyén RTL Klub 2004
 Italy 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
 Mexico Confianza Ciega SKY 2004
Belgium (Flanders)
Temptation Island Tine Van den Brande and Ton van Royen VT4
Tine Van den Brande and Viktor Brand VT4
Hans Otten and Tanja Jess VT4
Véronique De Kock and Co Roworth 2007
Annelien Coorevits and Rick Brandsteder VIJF
Netherlands Temptation Island VIPS Kaj Gorgels and Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau Videoland 2018–2019
 Philippines Love In Temptation Island None TV5 Supposed airdate was on 2012; Cancelled
 Portugal Confiança Cega Felipa Garnel SIC 2001
Ilha da Tentação Carlos Ribeiro TVI 2002
 Romania Temptation Island - Insula Iubirii Radu Vâlcan
Iulia Gheorghe
Antena 1 2015–present
 Russia Остров Искушений
Ostrov Iskushenij
Vladislav Galkin REN TV 2005

Temptation Island Pontus Gårdinger (2002)
Pernille Aalund (2002)
Martin Björk (2003)
Kanal 5
 Spain Confianza ciega Francine Gálvez Antena 3 January 2002
La Isla de las Tentaciones Mónica Naranjo Telecinco January 2020
 United Kingdom Temptation Island UK Ed Hall Sky1 2001

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