The UK’s most popular dating show is back, returning to TV screens across the country for the next eight weeks with a shiny new lineup of singles looking for love. Monday night marked the first episode of the hit ITV show, where viewers were introduced to the top five girls and six boys of the season, all hoping to win the £50,000 cash prize and be catapulted into TV stardom .
During the one-and-a-half-hour installment, the islanders were paired off by public vote. Amber and Dami Hope became Love Island’s first couple in 2022. The next couple to be paired up was Liam and Gemma. Ikenna was paired with Indiyah and Andrew teamed up with Tasha. Finally, Paige was in a relationship with the fishmonger Luca.
The couples were then left to get to know each other, with some of the girls happy with the audience’s choice, while others weren’t too impressed. Later in the episode, the islanders prepared for a night of drinking and gossip, which was quickly interrupted when new contestant Davide arrived at the villa in a surprise arrival.
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The five girls and six boys decided to break the ice by playing Truth or Dare. Gemma chose to kiss Davide instead of her partner Liam when she dared to kiss the boy she would most like to share a bed with.
Davide soon received a text telling him he had 24 hours to choose a girl he would like to date – leaving a boy vulnerable. But what else is there to know about this year’s series? Scroll down to find out everything you need to know about Love Island season eight so far.
The Love Island contestants in 2022 (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock) Who are the girls so far? Paige Thorne, 24, a paramedic from Swansea. Indiyah Polack, 23, a hotel waitress in London. Tasha Ghouri, 23, model and dancer Thirsk – she is also Love Island’s first-ever deaf contestant. Gemma Owen, 19, from Chester – who is the daughter of English football icon Michael Owen. Amber Beckford, 24, a nanny from London. Who are the boys so far? Dami Hope, 26, microbiologist from Dublin. Liam Llewellyn, 22, Masters student from Newport. Ikenna Ekwonna, 23, is from Nottingham and works in the sale of pharmaceuticals. Andrew Le Page, 27, estate agent from Guernsey. Luca Bish, 23, fishmonger from Brighton. Davide Sanclimenti, 27, lives in Manchester and is originally from Rome. Where is the villa?
The previous villa from last year was located on the outskirts of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar in Mallorca. But this year’s Love Island villa is brand new, and although it’s still based in Mallorca (just 10 minutes from the 2021 villa in fact), it’s embedded in a historic Spanish villa. During the summer, average temperatures can reach scorching highs of 26-29°C in June and July in Mallorca.
What are the biggest changes this season? Where islanders will lay their heads (Image: ITV)
Love Island has announced that series eight will be a bit different from previous series when it comes to its fashion choices. The show will partner with eBay instead of the usual fast fashion sponsors, with contestants expected to wear second-hand clothes stored in shared wardrobes while at the villa.
Commenting on the change, Mike Spencer, the executive producer of Love Island, said: “As a series, we are striving to be a more environmentally friendly production by focusing more on ways to show that in a way visible on the screen.”
Prior to the first episode, viewers were also given the option to vote for which islanders they wanted to be paired up, instead of the islanders being able to choose themselves in the first episode.
Iain Stirling, who narrates the show, appeared on Lorraine to announce the change, saying: “I’m coming to you right now with a big exclusive. We’re mixing things up this year, can I tell you? This year, For the first year ever, we want you to be home playing Cupid and you’ll have a say in which boy pairs up with which girl.”
Who is the host? Laura Whitmore on set (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
Laura Whitmore is back to host the latest series of the dating show and is joined by husband Iain who does all the voiceovers. Taking to her Instagram account on May 14, Laura confirmed the news in a post to her followers, writing, “This summer…We own LOVE.”
When does each episode air?
The hit ITV show airs every night of the week – except Saturdays – from 9pm for one hour. However, the first episode lasted over an hour and aired until 10:35 p.m. On Saturday nights, ITV2 airs Love Island: Unseen Bits, which gives fans a look at the behind-the-scenes antics that aren’t shown during the week.
When is the last episode?
Love Island returned for its eighth series on Monday June 6 on ITV2 and ITV Hub and is set to end around August 1, although an official end date for the season has yet to be confirmed.
Where can fans buy the Love Island 2022 water bottle? The new Love Island water bottles
The official Love Island store reopened earlier this year, meaning fans can purchase merchandise featured on the show, including bathrobes, accessories, suitcases and the famous personalized water bottle. With a slimmer design and matte white finish, the official Love Island water bottle is back with an all new look.
The double-walled stainless steel body means the bottle is suitable for hot and cold drinks. Simply twist your flip-top straw lid for cold drinks or the hook carabiner lid for something warmer. You can buy the official personalized water bottle here for £20 and it’s available in pink, blue or orange
Who won Love Island 2021?
The most recent couple to walk away from the Love Island villa with £50,000 were Liam Reardon and Millie Court. Liam and Millie beat fellow contestants Chloe Burrows and Toby Aromolaran, Teddy Soares and Faye Winter, and Kaz Kamwi and Tyler Cruickshank.
What are the show’s wellness protocols?
ITV has outlined its duty of care protocols for contestants in 2021, which include access to a wellness team during and after the show and a minimum of eight therapy sessions offered to all contestants after leaving the show. spectacle. ITV says it will also stay in contact with the islanders for a period of 14 months after the series ends.
It comes after the suicides of two former Love Islanders Mike Thalassitis in March 2019 and Sophie Gradon in June 2018. As well as the show’s original presenter Caroline Flack, who died by suicide in 2020.
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This notice was published: 2022-06-07 19:01:50