Warning: Too Hot to Handle Season 5 spoilers ahead. As one of the most dramatic (and toxic) couples this season, viewers have been wondering from the start if Louis and Christine are still together from Too Hot to Handle Season 5 and where they are now in 2023.

Louis Russell and Christine Obanor were two contestants on Too Hot to Handle Season 5, and one of three couples who left the series together. Too Hot to Handle is Netflix’s reality TV dating series following 10 adults — all of whom have a history of meaningless flings and an inability to form long-lasting relationships — at a retreat for four weeks where they’re prohibited from kissing, sexual contact, self-gratification by the series host, a traffic cone-shaped virtual assistant named Lana. The series sees the contestants go through workshops and date each other as they learn what it means to form a serious connection. In the finale, the contestants vote on a winner who receives a prize fund for experiencing the most growth throughout the series. As of Season 3, the prize fund starts at $200,000 and is reduced throughout the season whenever contestants break Lana’s rules and have sexual contact with each other or themselves.

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In an interview with People in 2020, executive producer Jonno Richards and director Charlie Bennett explained the inspiration for Too Hot to Handle. “About two years ago, Laura Gibson [the creative director at [production company Talkback] and myself had a conversation over the phone about an episode of Seinfeld called ‘The Contest,’ Basically, the idea is that the core cast makes a bet with each other that they can avoid self-pleasuring for longer than the rest of them,” Bennett said. “It was a very funny episode, and it made us think that there was possibly something reality-based to make from it. So that’s where the idea came from. Then this show Love Island, that is very successful in the U.K. and is in the U.S. now, that felt like a sort of good template to put on it. And it grew from there, really.”

Richards continued, “I think it was always about trying to find a show that was funny, but also something that felt timely and would speak to people who are out in the dating scene now. Nowadays, people who are dating a lot and are hooking up a lot, they move quite quickly. So the idea was, how can you use that funny concept to perhaps help people form deeper connections, as well as it being entertaining as a social experiment? So it’s funny, but there’s something—you hope—real happening there as well.”

But back to Louis and Christine from Too Hot to Handle Season 5. So… are Louis and Christine still together from Too Hot to Handle Season 5? Read on where Louis and Christine are now and if they’re still dating.

Are Louis and Christine still together from Too Hot to Handle Season 5?

Are Louis and Christine still together from Too Hot to Handle Season 5? The answer is unclear. Louis Russell, a 22-year-old from Hampshire, England, and Christine Obanor, a 22-year-old from Texas, were two original contestants on Too Hot to Handle Season 5 and entered in Episode 1. Louis and Christine coupled up at the start of Too Hot to Handle Season 5 and agreed to spend the first night in bed together. However, instead of sleeping with Christine, Louis instead slept with Hannah and coupled up with her. Christine and Louis coupled up later in the season when they shared a beach kiss together, and Hannah broke up with Louis. Christine and Louis stayed together until Louis got physical with Linzy in Episode 7 when she chose Louis to go on a date with her. Louis apologized to Christine, and the two got back together. At the end of Too Hot to Handle Season 5, Louis told Christine that he wanted to date her, but made sure to clarify that they weren’t boyfriend and girlfriend. Louis and Christine both made it to the Too Hot to Handle Season 5 finale but neither of them won. 

So are Louis and Christine still together from Too Hot to Handle Season 5? The answer is unclear. Louis and Christine haven’t confirmed their relationship at the time of writing this, however, they seem to at least be on good terms and follow each other on Instagram. Both Louis and Christine have also joked about their relationship on Too Hot to Handle Season 5 on their TikToks accounts. After The Too Hot to Handle Season 5 finale, Christine posted a video with the text “What are you and Louis going to do in the private suite ?” The video included the audio of a reporter asking Miranda Cosgrove what her favorite curse word is. Cosgrove responds, “Probably fuck,” which Christine lip syncs in the video.

Who is the Too Hot to Handle Season 5 host?

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Who is the Too Hot to Handle Season 5 host? Too Hot to Handle is hosted by a virtual assistant named Lana, who appears in the form of a cone and makes sure that the cast doesn’t break any of the retreat’s rules, including no kissing, sexual contact and self-gratification. The series is narrated by comedian Desiree Burch. 

In an interview with People in 2020, executive producer Louise Peet explained the inspiration for Lana. “Going back to Big Brother, we thought that an AI [artificial intelligence] way to communicate with the cast would be amazing,” she said. “Our senior producer Andy said he has quite a good relationship with the Alexa in his house. He feels like his Alexa is a part of his family, as we all do. We’re used to being directed by AI, and somehow we don’t get annoyed at them. So we were just thinking of interesting ways that people have these relationships with inanimate, artificial intelligence objects. And we thought, for this generation, it was the most clever way to communicate with our cast and also create a new character in the show, which is fun.”

She continued, “We can tell you why her voice was chosen. We definitely chose a Mary Poppins-esque, non-judgmental British female voice. Just for the authority and lack of judgment that we hoped would come across.”

Louise and executive producer Jonno Richards also explained when Lana decides to give contestants the green light, which allows them to make physical contact with each other. “When a couple showed that they were forming a deeper connection, then Lana would decide that they would get a green light,” Louise said. Jonno added, “It couldn’t all be the stick. It couldn’t all be punishment—there had to be a little bit of carrot, a little reward.”

Jonno and Louise also confirmed that Burch wasn’t on set for Season 1 when she narrated the series. “Desiree wasn’t on set. We would edit the show, then we would get writers to look at it,” Louise said. “Then Desiree would come in and add her take on things and her tone to it. You’ve got Lana in there, so you wanted the [narrator] to almost feel as if she was watching at home and commenting on it and sort of taking the mickey out of people a little. Not [just] telling you what was going on, but she had to be adding something to it. So that’s why Desiree was so good, because she’s got that tone. She can be warm and she can be a little snarky, but it’s done with a wink and never too harsh.”

Jonno added, “And she’s perfectly international. She was born in California, grew up in New York, and she lives in London. So she has this really amazing international accent that comes out now and again. She’s brilliant.”

Who’s in the Too Hot to Handle Season 5 cast?

Too Hot to Handle Season 5 Cast
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The Too Hot to Handle Season 5 cast includes 14 contestants from across the world. Meet the Too Hot to Handle Season 5 cast ahead.

  • Elys Hutchinson, 23; Lausanne, Switzerland — Entered: Episode 1
  • Dre Woodard, 23; Georgia, USA  — Entered: Episode 1
  • Alex Snell, 28; London, England — Entered: Episode 1
  • Bryce Saltmarsh, 22; Gold Coast, Australia — Entered: Episode 7
  • Christine Obanor, 26; Texas, USA — Entered: Episode 1
  • Courtney Randolph, 25; Texas, USA — Entered: Episode 1
  • Hunter LoNigro, 24; Arizona, USA — Entered: Episode 1
  • Linzy Luu, 24; Hawaii, USA — Entered: Episode 7
  • Louis Russell, 26; Hampshire, England — Entered: Episode 1
  • Megan Thompson, 26; Cambridge, England — Entered: Episode 1
  • Trey Rodgers, 22; Illinois, USA — Entered: Episode 4
  • Yazmin Marziali, 25; Montevideo, Uruguay — Entered: Episode 4
  • Hannah Brooke, 24; California, USA  — Entered: Episode 1
  • Isaac Francis, 24; New Jersey, USA — Entered: Episode 1

Too Hot to Handle is available to stream on Netflix. 

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