It was about playing in the Division 2 College World Series or appearing on the “Love Island 3” reality show, which is filmed in Ninole, Hawaii, and begins Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. on CBS.
Unsurprisingly, Joshua Goldstein of Haverhill, captain of the mighty Southern New Hampshire University baseball team, knew his priority: baseball.
In light of his decision, the producers of “Love Island” were so impressed with Goldstein’s photos, videos and reunions that they decided to wait and allow him to come to Hawaii later than he only would have done it so he could finish the baseball season. .
And now the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Goldstein, 24, will be among 12 men and women ages 23-28 vying for love and $ 100,000, which goes to the winning couple.
Goldstein hadn’t even seen the previous two seasons of “Love Island”. But he was introduced to the show when his older sister Lindsey called him after watching the UK version.
âI was with my friend and we couldn’t believe how much Josh looked like one of the guys on the show,â Lindsey said. âI told him everything about the show and told him he should fill out the application. And he did. And he has continued to move forward with the process until now.
It was not an easy trip because Goldstein was not only playing baseball, but working on his graduate degree in business.
âIt’s been a crazy few weeks,â Goldstein’s mother Lynn said. âThey wanted him to be in Hawaii earlier while his baseball team made it to the (Div. 2) College World Series. He said he wasn’t going to miss the World Series with his teammates. He’s a captain. He had a great career there. If they wanted to, they were going to have to wait.
Goldstein’s baseball exploits will undoubtedly be a part of his history on the show – and they should.
He finished the last three full seasons with the SNHU Penmen as a starting second baseman, reaching 0.317 over his career. The team won the Northeast-10 regular season championship all three years it was a starter and last month won the NE-10 tournament.
After SNHU was eliminated from the World Series in North Carolina on June 8, Goldstein got a call from the show’s producers the next day about him jumping on a flight that night. But he needed to leave his school apartment, so he postponed it for 36 hours.
âThe day before she left was so stressful with all the moving and then getting ready to go to Hawaii the next morning,â her mother said.
When they arrived at the venue, each of the 12 participants had to return their cell phone. They are not allowed to contact their family and friends, nor to use social networks.
The premise of the reality show is that men and women to this day eventually find their “true love”.
âLove Islandâ has significant differences from other reality TV shows. A key point is that most parts of the episodes are from the same day and go unrecorded for weeks or even months before they air.
The show will run for three weeks with four episodes this week, five next week and three for the final week. The final episode will air on Thursday, July 22 and will be 90 minutes each.
While Goldstein’s appearance, athleticism, and outgoing personality played a key role in making the final cut, his adoration for his family was apparently well received by the producers as well.
âWe are a very close family,â Lynn said. “Not only him and my daughter and my husband [Marc], but also our extended family. We do a lot of things together and have a lot of fun. Watching Joshua’s hockey and baseball games was so much fun for all of us. He really is a great person. I can see why he arrived at the show.
Goldstein’s sister, who initiated this process, agrees.
âHe really deserves it,â Lindsey said. âHe focused so much on baseball and then got his masters degree that he couldn’t really focus on relationships,â she said. “I can not wait to see it.”
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The attraction of “Love Island”
The reality show “Love Island” brings together a group of contestants called “Islanders” who live in a villa in Hawaii.
Islanders are cut off from the outside world and under constant video surveillance. To survive in the villa, they must be in a relationship with another islander. So, they pair up on first impressions, but later have the chance to “re-pair” in special ceremonies where they can choose to stay with their current partner or switch to a different one.
At the villa, the couples share a bed and get to know each other. During this time, they can talk and get to know other participants.
Islanders are offered plenty of games and challenges designed to test their physical and mental prowess, after which the winners are sometimes awarded prizes.
Islanders are given a phone specifically to contact other participants by text message, and also to receive text messages informing them of the latest challenges, “dumping” and recouplings. Otherwise, they cannot use cell phones to contact those at home. They are also not allowed to drink a lot of alcohol.
Islanders can be eliminated or dumped for several reasons, including staying single after a recoupling session and by public voting through the âLove Islandâ mobile app.
In the show’s final week, viewers vote and the favorite couple wins.
During the ceremony during the final, the winning couple receives two envelopes, one for each partner. One envelope contains $ 100,000 and the other contains nothing.
The partner with the $ 100,000 envelope chooses to share the money as a test of trust and commitment.