With no major men’s football tournament taking place this summer, Love Island is sure to dominate plenty of households’ television sets for the next 10 weeks.
The hit ITV2 show’s eighth season began on Monday 6th June, with England and Liverpool legend Michael Owen’s 19-year-old daughter Gemma one of the first 13 contestants to enter the Majorca-based villa.
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Gemma, who is an international dressage rider herself, is already on her third partner and last night was stunned to see her ex-boyfriend Jacques O’Neill, who is a professional rugby league player for Castleford Tigers, enter the villa.
Three couples who partnered up on Day 1 remain together – Andrew Le Page and Tasha Ghouri, Dami Hope and Amber Beckford, and Ikenna Ekwonna and Indiyah Polack – while the villa has seen two other new additions arrive, with Liam Llewellyn opting to leave the show.
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Three of the previous seven winning couples of Love Island were together from Day 1, suggesting those aforementioned three couples in this year’s series have a good chance of going the distance.
However, it’s very early days and the odds ultimately reflect that, with no short-priced favourite emerging from the pack yet.
Let’s take a look at the early contenders!
Andrew and Tasha
27-year-old estate agent Andrew and 23-year-old model Tasha, who is the first partially deaf contestant in Love Island, haven’t had the smoothest ride so far.
Tasha felt Andrew was moving too quickly, particularly when laying a snog on her early on, and asked him to slow down.
She also made it clear she was attracted to Luca Bish, who has since moved on from Paige Thorne to Gemma, with Andrew twice opting to kiss Paige in a beer pong task.
However, in a recent episode, Tasha opened up to Andrew, revealing she has been hurt in the past and may be subconsciously scared of this happening again.
Andrew, to his credit, seems loyal to Tasha and clearly likes her a lot.
Of the Day 1 couples, they definitely look to have the most legs and are understandably the bookmakers’ favourite at 9/2 (Sky Bet).
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Luca and Gemma
They’d only been coupled up a day before Jacques made his dramatic entrance into the villa.
Poor Luca. Having made the bold move of dumping Paige for Gemma in the most recent recoupling episode, he was clearly smitten and woke up with a beaming smile.
It did not take long for this to change, with the 23-year-old fishmonger revealing he felt “fed up” when seeing Jacques and Gemma chatting one-to-one.
Being around someone’s ex is the ultimate test for any relationship, let alone one which is barely a day old.
However, Gemma must be into Luca to have risked losing 27-year-old Italian stallion Davide Sanclimenti by opening up to Luca in the first place.
Time will tell whether it lasts. At 13/2 (Sky Bet), it’s surely too risky to be placing any money on it at this early stage, even if they do feel like the leading protagonists of the show at the moment.
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Jacques and Paige
They’re not a couple yet, but there did look to be plenty of sexual chemistry on Jacques and Paige’s first date.
23-year-old Jacques is clearly a cheeky chappy, while 24-year-old paramedic Paige has all the makings of this summer’s national sweetheart given her journey so far.
The Welshwoman has taken her dumping by Luca in her stride, remaining a smiley, kind and positive person throughout the process so far.
However, it’s not clear whether Jacques is into her yet. He seemed to be acting more flirtily with his former flame Gemma and Ekin-Su Culculoglu, who is coupled up with Davide.
A much better bet would be backing Paige to be top female at 15/8 (William Hill). If she finds the right partner for her, she is going to be tough to stop.
The only other single-priced contending couple at the time of writing are Jacques and Gemma, who clearly still had plenty of chemistry in their conversation.
Both have suggested they have no interest in rekindling any romance but given it has been 18 months since they last saw each other, it would be foolish to rule anything out on that front.
I can’t see that being a particularly popular move with the viewers, though, so would steer clear of backing them in the winners market myself.
What is Love Island?
Love Island is a popular reality television show. The show is based on an elimination-style dating competition where contestants try to find love. The show originally aired on the British network ITV, but has since been adapted for American audiences and now airs on the CBS network.
The show became popular in Britain and then in America for its unique take on dating and relationships. The show has also been controversial for its depiction of women and how it portrays relationships.
What Happened in Love Island 2021?
With another season of Love Island in the books, it’s time to start looking ahead to next year’s crop of islanders. But before we do that, let’s take a look back at what happened in Love Island 2021.
For those who need a refresher, the 2021 season of Love Island featured a group of singles who were stranded on a remote island together in an attempt to find love. The show was full of drama, both on and off the island, and ended with a surprise twist that no one saw coming.
Here’s a quick recap of everything that went down in Love Island 2021:
- The show started with a bang, as two couples immediately hooked up on the first night
- There was plenty of drama throughout the season, both on and off the island
- The final twist saw two couples eliminated from the competition, leaving just four couples remaining
- In the end, it was Hannah and Connor who were crowned the winners of Love Island 2021
Who are the Contestants for Love Island 2022?
Love Island will return to our screens in just a matter of weeks, with a brand new set of islanders set to take over our TV screens and provide us with some much needed summer loving.
But who are the lucky contestants who have been chosen to take part in the 2022 series?
Here’s everything you need to know about the hopefuls…
- Amber Gill is a 21-year-old beauty therapist from Newcastle. She is currently single and says her ideal man is “tall, tanned and handsome”.
- Brooklyn Beckham is a 22-year-old model and social media influencer from London. He is the eldest son of David and Victoria Beckham, and has previously been linked to Chloe Moretz and Rita Ora.
- Cara Delevingne is a 25-year-old model and actress from London. She has previously dated Jake Bugg, Harry Styles and Michelle Rodriguez.
- Dani Dyer is a 23-year-old barmaid from Essex. She is the daughter of actor Danny Dyer, and rose to fame after appearing on the 2018 series of Love Island. Dani is currently pregnant with her first child with boyfriend Sammy Kimmence.
- Gigi Hadid is a 24-year-old model from Los Angeles. She has previously dated Joe Jonas, Zayn Malik and Cody Simpson. Gigi is currently expecting her first child with boyfriend Zayn Malik.
- Iain Stirling is a 31-year-old comedian from Edinburgh. He has been the voiceover on Love Island since its launch in 2015, and also presents I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! NOW! on ITV2. He is dating fellow presenter Laura Whitmore.
What are the Rules of Love Island?
Love Island is a dating reality show where a group of singles (usually between the ages of 21 and 35) live together in a villa for a set period of time (usually about 2 months).
The singles are regularly given tasks, or challenges, to complete in order to win prizes. These challenges often involve couples trying to communicate and work together in order to complete them.
At the end of each week, the islanders vote for the couple they think is least compatible.
The couple with the most votes is then split up and one member of the couple is sent home.
The cycle then repeats itself until there are only two couples left, who then compete in a final challenge.
The winning couple is crowned the ‘Love Island’ champions and wins a cash prize.