island of love will return to screens on Monday June 6th for its eighth season.
The first 11 contestants set to move into the show’s brand new mansion include Michael Owen’s daughter Gemma Owen and the show’s first deaf contestant, Natasha Ghouri.
Although the location of the show has been moved to another luxury property in Mallorca, Spain, many elements, including the presenter, will remain the same for the 2022 event.
Laura Whitmore will resume her position as presenter while Iain Stirling will continue to provide voiceovers.
Ahead of the show’s launch, Whitmore shared her excitement about the new season.
According to the moderator, it is particularly exciting to get to know the new Mallorcan villa.
“Last year I was never allowed to enter the villa because of Covid,” she explained.
“In the previous series I was in South Africa. So I didn’t really know the previous villa on Mallorca. So it’s quite nice to go in with a fresh villa.”
In addition to visiting the villa and speaking personally to attendees, Whitmore will also be hosting the companion show. Love Island: Aftersunon Sunday evening.
“I love talking to friends and family,” she mused. “There is so much to unpack in each episode.
“I love talking to the islanders after they come out. You could easily talk to all of them for at least half an hour.”
Speaking about adjustments to the program after restrictions were lifted, the presenter continued: “We have a larger studio audience than last year due to the lifting of restrictions.
“I think that will really help the islanders if they come back too to see the support that they have.”
As announced by ITV, the islanders will take part in pre-show preparations designed to help them cope with the attention they will receive during the show and beyond.
In addition, islanders receive coaching on inclusive language in relation to disability, sexuality, race and ethnicity.
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