island of lovewhich was last seen in August 2021, has returned for an eighth series.
On Monday (6 June) the ITV2 series returned with a new batch of contestants entering the Spanish villa hoping to find romance or at least get a nice tan.
Fans of the show – or those deciding to attend for the first time – met the hopefuls, introduced by host Laura Whitmore and narrator Iain Sterling.
Find all the talking points from the island of love Season 8 launch show below.
1. The audience chose the first couples
The first island of love Twist was weird. Moments into the new series, Whitmore revealed that unlike the boys they teamed up with, the decision was actually in the hands of the public. This ultimately took some of the drama out of the episode, leaving viewers wondering who actually liked who. The couples were: Amber and Dami, Gemma and Liam, Indiyah and Ikenna, Tasha and Andrew, and Paige and Luca.
2. Gemma withheld an important detail
Every year there seems to be a contestant with a celebrity connection and in this series it’s Gemma, whose father is ex-footballer Michael Owen. In meeting Liam, he seemed to pick up on the fact that she has a history that she doesn’t share. “I have a feeling you have a big house,” he told her, before wondering if she had an ex who was a footballer. Not quite. Whenever Gemma decides to reveal her family history remains to be seen, but it will surely scour the new series of a fun sense of dramatic irony.
2. Tasha supportive as she tells her story
One contestant who chose to open up about her past was Tasha, who gathers her fellow stars around the fire pit to tell them a little bit about herself — namely the fact that she was born completely deaf. Tash, who got a cochlear implant when she was five, was supported by all, who praised her for choosing to tell them so early.
4. All the girls revealed they like the same boy
When the couples agreed on who the audience had chosen for them, a cat in the form of a self-proclaimed “Italian stallion” named Davide was thrown between the pigeons. The girls couldn’t contain their excitement: Gemma was “blown away” by Davide, with Indiyah commenting that she thinks he’s “really handsome”. Meanwhile, Tasha called him “fit” and compared him to Hercules, while Paige said she was ready to “marry” after seeing him. Well, at least they all have something in common.
5. Davide now holds power
“I got a text,” Davide said after hearing the famous news alert. “In 24 hours you will meet a girl of your choice. leaving a boy alone and vulnerable,” he told his competitors, leaving the boys in danger and the girls extremely agitated. Who he chooses will be revealed in the episode on Tuesday evening (January 7th).
island of love airs on ITV2 every night bar on Saturdays. Episodes are available to stream on Britbox the next morning.
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