18 wild behind-the-scenes facts, too hot to touch, that explain how the show really works

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The premise of Too hot to touch is pretty simple: get a bunch of hot and horny singles, tell them not to have sexual contact, and peak reality TV hijinks will ensue. If you’re a little obsessed with the latest season too, look no further – we met Cam Holmes on Zoom to find out all about how the hit Netflix show is made.

1. The audition included two video calls – one asking Cam about his sex life and another asking if he might be interested in making more meaningful connections.

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“Because of the premise of the show, they want people who are very sexual, very excitable partiers – and they also want people to be on a different side. My first call was obviously: ‘Girls, Girls, Girls, Dating, Dating, Dating’ and then the second more was: ‘What else do you have to offer? Do you have another side of you? ‘”

2. Participants really think they are going on the show Parties in paradise and crew members even wear counterfeit goods to convince them.

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“I had a hunch beforehand when I thought, okay, that might be Too hot to touchbut, frankly, they threw us off so well. I was picked up from my quarantine period to go to the villa and the guy had one Parties in paradise Hat and it was pointed backwards, staring into my face the whole time. Apparently the presenter Jeff came out and I remember thinking what is the show? I can’t go on here, that’s a terrible premise of a show! Nobody will look at it! “

3. Cam was previously cast Love island and Ex on the beach.

“It was just never the right time. Honestly, I’m so glad I was on this show because I think the premise is much better.”

4. Too hot to touch was filmed in Turks and Caicos Islands in November 2020.

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“[It was] when COVID was just really bad so it was just so nice to go there – but coming home was horrible because we got banned the day after! “

5. Before filming, there was a quarantine period during which participants had their own chaperones in individual villas. Phones weren’t allowed, but there was a TV – cam looked different avenger Film every night with his chaperone.

“Me and my chaperone smashed all of the Marvel movies. In the old days you just worked out – I’d say I would swim, but unfortunately I had probably the smallest pool I’ve ever seen, it was a plunge pool so you could swim not in it. I worked out probably three times a day and then read – that’s a lie, I haven’t read. I bought four books, I didn’t touch any of them. “

6. And the crew would contact to make sure the attendees didn’t see each other before filming.

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“I asked to go jogging and I think there must have been someone on my street too, [because they said]”You can’t really go down there.” I was literally jogging around the table in the back garden. “

7. The show will be filmed using remote rig cameras and operational cameras that require an IRL cameraman. It was easy to forget that the rig cameras were even there – and then rules broke.

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“All rule breaks were never functional cameras. That would be really weird – ‘Okay, Cam, get in the shower! We’ll all just watch you! ‘”

8. The operational cameras would be used for appointments and important conversation scenes.

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“It’s weird because you have a date with a girl and there are eight sweaty men around you with their cameras and they don’t tell you anything. You just have to remember that this is theirs.” Job and they are used to it. “

9. Cam had to see a doctor three times because of his “blue balls”.

“It was a really bad problem, I couldn’t eat, my stomach hurt and I felt sick. I actually couldn’t walk for a day. It got so bad that I had to see the doctor about it and be given pain medication. It was the worst in the world, and it actually has a name – epididymal hypertension. “

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10. There were no clocks in the mansion so the participants told the time when they had eaten their meals.

“I really had no sense of time. We had no clocks, no clocks, nothing.”

11. The days in the actual villa included a lot of sunbathing and exercising.

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“It depends on your action – if you’re in scenes or doing social media, some days will be busier than others. If not, I’ve literally been exercising and sunbathing – half the time you’re walking around, literally like a headless chicken. “

12. There is a chef who cooks for everyone and a fully stocked snack box with things like Animal Crackers and Gatorade – snacks Cam had never eaten before.

“We had burgers one day and that was a good day. We’re still talking about burger day.”

13. The confessional talks are filmed as close to – or during – the events as possible.

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“It was mostly done now, otherwise it’s just really hard to try and get your head back into this room.”

14. There were no smoking restrictions – unless someone took a cigarette break, security would go with them.

“Anyone who had to have a cigarette had to be safe there.”

15. Performers were allowed to drink two alcoholic beverages per night.

“Two glasses a night, whatever you wanted, really.”

16. Lana’s voice that we hear on the show is actually what the participants hear.

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“What you hear is what we heard, and it’s terrifying. You are honestly afraid of it – it scares me a little, that [mimics Lana noise]. “

17. The cast is apparently still in contact.

“There’s no beef or drama between anyone, which is a really nice thing. We just enjoy it all together on the same trip.”

18. Cam says the process helped him make more meaningful connections.

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“Reality shows often get a lot of stigma because they’re wrong and have no meaning, but I would say it was literally like therapy to me. I think you had to accept it and allow it to be therapy – you are. When you go to these workshops, you learn a lot about yourself. It definitely helped me make many more meaningful connections. I know a lot of the people I speak to from the show said the same thing. “

Thanks for talking to us, Cam! Season 2 of Too hot to touch is now available to stream on Netflix.

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