Explosive shock for Love Islanders in first episode as ITV2 series returns
The new generation of Love Island contestants will find out who they are paired with as the new series begins, and the villa is rocked by the surprise arrival of the first bombshell.
The eighth series of the popular ITV2 dating show will launch on June 6 at a new location in Mallorca, with Laura Whitmore returning as host.
This year, the first pairing of the series will be decided by the viewers, without the knowledge of the contestants.
This year’s lineup includes Gemma, the daughter of England footballer Michael Owen, and dancer Tasha Ghouri, who has a cochlear implant and is the show’s first deaf contestant.
Monday night’s kickoff episode will see the girls – Paige, Indiyah, Amber, Gemma and Tasha – talking to Whitmore around the fire pit, as she tells Gemma, “Tell me about the type of guy you’re looking for.”
The 19-year-old international dressage rider and business owner tells Whitmore, “I’m looking for a guy who’s really family oriented – that’s so important. Good morals.”
As the girls line up outside the villa’s pool before meeting the other contestants – Dami, Liam, Ikenna, Andrew and Luca – Whitmore says, “Well girls, it’s time to pair up. There’s something I haven’t told you yet – things are a little different this year.
“You thought you would all step up to the boys you like the most. However, this is Love Island and you never know what to expect.
“For the first time ever, we asked the public to play Cupid and choose the boy they thought you should partner with.”
After being paired up, the islanders are in for another shock as the first bombshell candidate – Davide – makes his entrance.
Indiyah, 23, a hotel waitress from London, says in the Beach Hut: “When I saw him I was very confused because I had no warning but he is very handsome!”
The other girls also give their thoughts on the new contestant with comments ranging from “Hot.” Sexy. Hercules to Paige, 24, a paramedic from Swansea, saying: “I’m done. I am ready to get married. I am ready to have babies.
The Love Islanders play a dare game shortly after Davide arrives, who sees him doing a striptease.
After the match, Davide receives a text message saying that in 24 hours you will be dating a girl of your choice, leaving a single and vulnerable boy #italiansnack #ciaobella”.
Last year’s series saw Millie Court and Liam Reardon crowned winners.
– Love Island airs from June 6 at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub, with episodes available the following morning on BritBox.