An outrageous new American TV show which tempts participants to be unfaithful to their partners and have sex with other people is causing a storm of protest.
Temptation Island, which starts today in the US, consists of six, one-hour long episodes.
Four young, unmarried couples test the depth of their commitment by separately spending time on a steamy island paradise off the coast of Belize.
There they date members of a 26-strong team of scantily-clad hunks and babes. The contestants then have the chance to vote off the island the people they think their partners find most attractive.
The winner – the person who avoids all temptation – will walk off with a cash prize.
Among the attractive ‘bait’ brought on to the island to tempt the contestants are a former cheer-leader of a US basketball team, a former Playboy model, a beauty queen, the founder of an online dating service and a massage therapist.
Religious leaders and family groups have condemned the show as ‘trash’ and say it endeavours to prise couples apart.
Yet Sandy Grushow, chairman of the Fox Television Entertainment Group which is broadcasting the show, insists: ‘This is not a show that is about sex. This is a show that is exploring the dynamics of serious relationships.’
However, participants have been tested for sexually transmitted diseases.
One of the unmarried couples was dropped from the show after the programme makers learnt the pair had a child. The producers had decreed that no married couples or those with children could take part.
But the couple ‘misrepresented information about their background – specifically, the fact that they had a child together,’ said Fox.
Fox has refused to reveal whether participants in the show, which has already been recorded, give in to temptation.
It is not yet known whether there are plans to bring the show to Britain.
Temptation Island is being broadcast less than a year after another Fox show, Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?, caused a controversy when it was learned that the groom was under a restraining order sought by a previous girlfriend.