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'Temptation Island' Season 4 Is 'Much More Emotional' Than Expected, Says Mark L. Walberg

Host Mark L. Walberg reveals his first impressions of the couple of "Temptation Island" Season 4.

By Becca van Sambeck
Mark Walberg With A Pensive Expression On His Face

Fans generally know what to expect from each season of "Temptation Island": tearful connections, steamy hookups, emotional catharsis, and sage advice from host Mark L. Walberg.

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However, that doesn't mean each season is the same. No, each season abounds with shocking moments, and Season 4 of USA Network's "Temptation Island" is no different. One aspect that really surprised Mark L. Walberg was the amount of tears.

"I think this season is far more emotional out of the box. It was a heavy, emotional heart and head experience this year," Mark told USA Insider. "I think out of the gate that the guys, for the most part, were so emotional. Normally — and I don't like to really divide it by gender — but normally the women are quicker to be emotional and tear up and talking about stuff, and the guys are like, 'I don't feel anything.' But that was not the case with these guys. So that made for an interesting, different dynamic."

When asked about his first impressions of the couples, he said he really liked all of them — but when it came to determining who would stay with who, he admitted he's usually horrible at drawing those initial conclusions.

"For me, it's easier to empath people. So the first thing for me is that I have an intention when the show starts. My intention is that everybody leaves the show in a better place than when they came. They're not necessarily together. I don't care if they're together or not. That's not my goal. It's not my goal to break anybody up, but it's also not my goal to fight for something that may not be good. So my first impressions are really less of an impression and more of a listening to, 'Who are you? What are you telling me without telling me in words?' So the first thing I do is make an intention that I already love them before they arrive, so that when they arrive, I'm just like, 'I'm here for you, and I can be here for you without any judgment of what you've done or thinking what your value system is,'" he explained.

Still, he was willing to share what he was initially thinking when he welcomed our four couples to Temptation Island. So, what were his thoughts?

Edgar and Gillian

"My first impression was Edgar and Gillian scared me because that first love thing is dangerous. It's just difficult. How many of us are still with the first loves of our life? It's not many, and they're young. So I was concerned about that."

Ash and Hania

"I was intrigued with Ash and Hania because they weren't 20 years old and their relationship is non-conventional. And I could sense from Ash right off the bat, there was a lot of pain there. I want to make sure that I handle them [gently]."

Lascelles and Ashley

"Lascelles and Ashley, I was overwhelmed by how beautiful they were together and concerned about the dangers of being comfortable. That was my first impression: Gosh, these guys, I wonder if they're acquiescing to being comfortable as opposed to growing."

Luke and Iris

"Luke and Iris, I think I was more turning to Luke because he was more expressive, and everything he was saying to me was leading me to what wasn't being said. And that's why the first dinner, I said, 'You mentioned family, and you get choked up, and all of a sudden you just lost it.' So I guess it's something more ... Being at my age, the ability to listen a little deeper through things that aren't necessarily words, that gives me an advantage when talking to these guys."

"Temptation Island" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on USA Network. Catch up now on USA Network.

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