Love Island 2022 latest: HUGE twist revealed plus Gemma Owen & Paige Thorne star in first look

LOVE Island has revealed a huge change to the show this year – with viewers given the power to choose who couples with who.

Voiceover man Iain Stirling explained a massive twist that will see the British public play Cupid.

He revealed the news to Christine Lampard on Lorraine – with voting already open via the show's app.

Iain, who appeared live from the Love Island villa in Majorca, was given the job of revealing the news.

Airing on ITV2, the first episode of Love Island 2022 will be a bumper one, starting at 9pm on June 6 and going on until 10.35pm.

Read our Love Island blog below for the latest news, gossip and updates…

  • henry moore

    Laura Whitmore to return for Love Island 2022

    Host Laura Whitmore is back to present the new series, after signing a £500,000 deal.

    Insiders told The Sun of her mega-money contract: "There has been lots of speculation that Laura might be stepping down, or that other presenters were being lined up for the role.

    “Laura and show executives always hoped she would re-sign — it was just a case of making sure timings worked.

    “She is excited to be going back to the villa and seeing what dramas unfold.”

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    Love Island’s Gemma Owen wants to become a billionaire like idol Kylie Jenner

    A star of the upcoming series is looking to follow the career of the makeup and beauty mogul.

    She told the Mirror how she is inspired by Kylie Jenner.

    Gemma shared: “I would love to carry on with my business which I have just set up. It’s called OG Beachwear.

    "I will be wearing a few bits in the villa, it’s a small collection at the moment.

    “I really like the Kardashians, I watch them on telly and I follow them on social media.

    “I think they are all good, powerful business women, what they have made for themselves is really inspiring, I’m a massive fan. Who wouldn’t like to be a billionaire like Kylie?”

    Owens is the daughter of the famed footballer, Michael Owens, who is not too pleased about his daughter entering the villa.

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    Love Island 2022 will be longest EVER series

    LOVE Island 2022 is set to be the longest EVER series of the hit ITV2 dating show as contestants have to block out their entire summer.

    The prospective singletons have to be available for a huge TEN weeks through the year in order to qualify for their spot on the programme.

    Last summer, the Love Island stars had to make sure they could be available for a whopping eight weeks of their summer to take part in the show.

    Now, ITV2 look to have decided to make the series even longer by requesting that anyone who signs up can be around for a fortnight longer.

    The terms and conditions of the sign-up form on the ITV2 website list that candidates must be able to make themselves available for the full amount of time

    Eligibility requirements for the show state: “You must be exclusively available to participate in the programme for a minimum of ten consecutive weeks.”

    Other conditions list that participants must be at least 18 years old, and cannot be directly related to anyone who works behind-the-scenes on the show.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Last year’s Love Island Bombshell gives tips for newcomers

    Ahead of this years brand-spanking new series, Rachel Finni gives advice for the new contestants.

    Rachel was one of Love Island 2021’s sizzling bombshells to enter the villa.

    She had a tumultuous time during the show, but made sure she kept her head held high when Brad dropped her for Lucinda.

    She took to Instagram to advise newcomers for 2022, telling “melanated beauties” to make sure to buy darker foundation and to make sure to get plenty of shade as the sun is beating down on the contestants all day long!

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    Richard Madeley ‘to leave the country’ over Love Island

    RICHARD Madeley has refused to hide his disdain for Love Island, and even threatened to leave the country over the hit ITV2 dating show returning next week – Monday, June 6.

    The Good Morning Britain host made viewers laugh with an unscripted comment last week as bikini-clad Love Islanders filled their screens.

    Richard Arnold introduced three Love Island cast favourites, including Michael Owen’s daughter Gemma Owen, when Madeley, 66, quipped: “If there’s ever a good reason to join a queue out of the airport and get out of the country, that is it.”

    Reacting to his contempt for the show, one viewer said: “Just remember when queuing at the airport for a flight out #GMB #RichardMadeley some folk can’t afford a holiday (me included).”

    Richard was also unimpressed yesterday and ‘couldn’t care less’ as the Love Island line-up was announced.

    The outspoken presenter even apologised to viewers at home after his co-host Charlotte Hawkins screamed the reality TV show’s phrase “got a text!”

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    Love Island’s Andrew Le Page’s secret surgery weeks before villa entrance

    The 27-year-old real estate agent has been secretly recovering from an operation before heading into the Majorcan villa.

    He has yet to reveal his reasons for going under the knife, but took to his Instagram account and shared a throwback snap of himself topless while on a hike in Dubai.

    Andrew penned in the caption: “Easy to see, hard to catch.

    He added: “On the road to recovery and can’t wait to be back out there exploring again.

    “The surgery isn’t anything major or serious it’s something I’ve wanted for a long time and in due course I will explain what I’ve had but just wanted to say thanks for the love from everyone who messaged me, I appreciate it a lot #biglove xx”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Is Paige Thorne on Instagram and Facebook?

    It wouldn’t be Love Island without social media, would it?

    This year’s series will see the return of from the fans on Twitter, and it will greatly enhance the social followings of the contestants.

    Paige Thorne is on Instagram and has over 10,000 followers on the platform.

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    Dami Hope on what he has to offer

    Asked what he has to offer a girl, he added: “When I’m actually in a relationship, I think it’s a star sign thing, I’m an Aries but I’m very passionate – I always used to put that person first.

    “If they had something they wanted to do or something they were passionate about, I’d make sure that even if it’s something I’m not talented at I’d get talented at it just so it helps them.

    “I’m really good at being in a team and actually looking after each other.”

    It comes after ITV revealed sexy paramedic Paige Thorne as the first name to enter the Spanish villa next week.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Love Island 2022 will be longest EVER series

    LOVE Island 2022 is set to be the longest EVER series of the hit ITV2 dating show as contestants have to block out their entire summer.

    The prospective singletons have to be available for a huge TEN weeks through the year in order to qualify for their spot on the programme.

    Last summer, the Love Island stars had to make sure they could be available for a whopping eight weeks of their summer to take part in the show.

    Now, ITV2 look to have decided to make the series even longer by requesting that anyone who signs up can be around for a fortnight longer.

    The terms and conditions of the sign-up form on the ITV2 website list that candidates must be able to make themselves available for the full amount of time

    Eligibility requirements for the show state: “You must be exclusively available to participate in the programme for a minimum of ten consecutive weeks.”

    Other conditions list that participants must be at least 18 years old, and cannot be directly related to anyone who works behind-the-scenes on the show.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Who is hosting Love Island 2022?

    Host Laura Whitmore is back to present the new series, after signing a £500,000 deal.

    Insiders told The Sun of her mega-money contract: There has been lots of speculation that Laura might be stepping down, or that other presenters were being lined up for the role.

    “Laura and show executives always hoped she would re-sign — it was just a case of making sure timings worked.

    “She is excited to be going back to the villa and seeing what dramas unfold.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    When does Love Island start?

    The Sun exclusively revealed Love Island will kick off on Monday June 6, 2022.

    This has been confirmed by ITV, with the launch show starting at 9pm on ITV2.

    After this, Love Island will air every night at the same time.

    The only episode which will be different is Saturday, which is always a highlights show.

    An insider told us: “Love Island is coming back with a bang and it will begin on the second full week in June.

    “The schedules are being put together now and fans can expect a long, hot summer of fun from the villa from June 6.

    “Filming for the promotional adverts is beginning in the next couple of weeks and the ads will start in May.

    “This series is going to be the longest ever and it’s from a brand new location so it’s all very exciting.”

    A spokesman for Love Island said: “It is too early to confirm scheduling for the 2022 series.”Love Island, which first started in June 2015, is still a massive hit and is the most popular show for 16 to 34-year-olds.

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    Striving to be ‘diverse and representative on the show’ this year

    Show producer Mike Spencer took part in a Q&A where he was pummelled with suggestions on how to improve the ITV2 show.

    One person wanted to know whether the line-up this year would be more diverse, and another begged him to ditch gross food challenges where the Islanders spit food into each other’s mouths.

    Mike replied: “We are always striving to be more diverse and representative on the show, and try to cast the net far and wide during the casting process.

    “Our application and casting process is inclusive to all, and we are always aiming to reflect the age and diversity of our audience on the show.

    “Agreed on the food challenges we will be stepping away from them slightly.

    “The most important factor is that our applicants are single and looking for love. We aim to make the best show we can knowing we won’t please everyone but I take on board all of your points.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘Very robust’ selection process for this year

    In 2020 Love Island cast its first physically disabled contestant Hugo Hammond.

    Meanwhile, show producer Mike Spencer has confirmed the class of 2022 has been finalised after a “very robust” selection process with diversity being key.

    Asked about the latest crop of attractive reality TV newbies, Love Island‘s head honcho said: “Yes I have met the cast of 2022.

    “They are brilliant and I think we have an exciting year on our hands. I can’t wait to see them in the villa now and all be revealed VERY soon!”

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    Paige Thorne on joining Love Island

    LOVE Island’s first contestant has been announced as stunning paramedic Paige Thorne.

    On joining the show, she said: “In Swansea there is just no-one I can find, I’ve tried and there’s just nobody there anymore. I need to break out and broaden my horizons and Love Island just brings everyone together for me. I haven’t got to go out and I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!”

    On what she’s looking for in a partner, she said: “Just positive energy, lots of bubbly energy. I am a good cook and I’m quite mumsy so I’ll look after anyone that needs looking after. If I had to pick a signature dish, it would probably be a Sunday dinner. My roasties are up there, I think Gordon Ramsay would be impressed – I think he would be like ‘9/10 or 10/10’.

    Having been single for a while now, Paige is ready to have someone to share her life with.

    “I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with guys so was like, ‘Right, that’s it. I’m going to focus on me,'” she said.

    “Then I was like, ‘Ok, I’m bored now, I’m lonely and I miss love and the connection and everything else.’ I’ve been on a few dates but I just haven’t clicked with anyone.”

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    Harsher rules this year

    ITV said ahead of the 2022 series of Love Island: “Ahead of this series, contributors on the show will be offered video training and guidance covering inclusive language around disability, sexuality, race and ethnicity, behaviours and microaggressions.

    “The inclusion training, which Islanders are offered prior to entering the Villa, consists of conversations chaired by BCOMS (Black Collective of Media in Sport) founder Leon Mann MBE and including DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) consultant Hayley Bennett, disability specialist Shani Dhanda and broadcaster Sean Fletcher.

    “These discussions will tackle topics including inclusive language, behaviour, creating safe spaces and being a good ally.”

    It comes as 2019 Islander Sherif Lane was booted from the villa after accidentally kicking fellow Islander Molly-Mae Hague in the groin and calling it a “c*** punch”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Gordon Ramsay jokes daughter is off to Love Island

    Chef Gordon Ramsay has told Twitter what he thinks of his daughter’s latest bikini snaps.

    Express.co.uk reports that the 55-year-old celeb teased that his daughter looked like she was set to make an appearance in the Love Island villa, as she posted a snap of herself enjoying a dip in their swimming pool from their Cornish home.

    After posting the stunning pictures, he wrote: “I thought you were off to Love Island?” alongside a red heart.

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    Love Island’s Liam Llewellyn unrecognisable after year-long makeover

    LOVE Island star Liam Llewellyn has undergone an impressive make-over before heading into the villa.

    The 22-year-old from Newport, Wales, showed off his year long transformation on Instagram – and the results are outstanding.

    The student decided to hit the gym hard after a year in America and has maintained his new look since then.

    In the before snap, Liam looks lean but is now very muscly, with a rippling six pact.

    He told his followers: “1 YEAR PROGRESS🏋🏽‍♂️

    “A year ago I returned from a summer in America (hence the long hair & wicked tan🤣). 3 months on the move meant my training and nutrition went completely out the window. This resulted in major weight and muscle loss❌.

    “Once returning, my main goal was to gain strength and muscle mass. With a switch in training & nutrition I’m happy with where I’m at, despite COVID-19 & finishing uni.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Fans ask if Michael Owen will show up on Family Reunion Day

    Love Island stars have all been asking the same question since Michael Owen’s daughter Gemma joined the show.

    Everyone wants to know if the 42-year-old football legend, one of England’s greatest ever players, will turn up in the villa in the family reunion day.

    Each year – normally near the end of the series – the contestants bring in their mum and dad to meet their new partner.

    Several fans were thrilled at the prospect, with one tweeting: “Omg will we actually see Michael Owen go into the villa when the parents come in 💀 pls (providing she gets that far obv).”

    Gemma – confirmed today as one of the stars of Love Island this year – is far from the first person with a celebrity relative to appear.

    Dani Dyer‘s dad is of course EastEnders legend Danny, while Sophie Piper was This Morning star Rochelle Humes’ sister.

    And 2019 star Tommy Fury’s brother is fellow boxer and two-time world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

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    Love Island fans say same thing about Luca’s tattoos

    LOVE Island fans have spotted an eerie similarity between contestant Luca Bish and One Direction star Harry Styles body art.

    Luca has several tattoos across his torso and chest – including a butterfly inking at the centre, a pair of feathers and a rose.

    It bares a striking resemblance to popstar Harry’s tatts, the British star revealed that he had a total of 60 tattoos, with one of the most prominent a large butterfly on his torso.

    Fans were quick to spot the similarities, with one writing: “Luca’s tattoos are just like Harry Styles.”

    Another posted: “The new Love Island contestant Luca has a butterfly tattoo a bit like Harry Styles.”

    A third added: “Similar tatts to Harry Styles.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Stealing hearts… and HANDBAGS?

    Twitter was sent into a frenzy when Andrew Le Page was accused of stealing a woman’s handbag in Sainsbury’s.

    Carol McGee has taken to Twitter and in response to the Love Island announcement, wrote: “He looks like the man who stole my daughter’s handbag in Sainsbury’s.

    “Can you confirm please if he was in Bristol Sainsbury’s on 12 March.”

    It was discovered that Andrew was actually in Dubai on 12 March, with Carol responding: “Are you sure?”

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    Love Island’s Luca Bish reveals whether he’ll have sex in the villa

    LOVE Island star Luca Bish has spilled the beans on whether he will have sex in the villa – as he admits he’s never gone long without it.

    The soon-to-be reality TV star has revealed that he is going into the ITV2 dating show with a “whatever happens, happens” attitude.

    Luca, 23, who was announced as part of the 2022 line-up earlier this week, admitted he hasn’t gone longer than “ten weeks” without sex.

    It means that while he has no plans to get busy under the sheets with any of the ladies, he may give in towards the end of the show.

    “Whatever happens, happens,” he told The Sun Online ahead of his Love Island debut. “I would say no before going in there.

    “But if I got towards the end, ten weeks without having any attention would be rare. I would say ten weeks is the longest I have gone without sex for a while, certainly since I was 16.”

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    Fans reckon they’ve already figured out who will win new series

    LOVE Island fans reckon they’ve figured out who will win the new series.

    One contestant already stands out for fans in a line-up that features models, a fishmonger, a footballer’s daughter and a microbiologist.

    It is the dancer from Yorkshire, who was born deaf, that has already won the hearts of fans and they’re rooting for her to find love, and nab the £50,000 prize.

    One person tweeted: “I already want Tasha to find love and win.”

    Another shared their predictions for a few of the new Islanders heading into the villa on Monday, and said: “Luca: going to be in multiple triangles Tasha: producers fave. Will probably win.

    “Ikenna: surprising fan fave, Davide: possible villian or villa’s sweetheart.”

    Another commented on a photo of Tasha: “She’s going to smash it on Love Island.”

  • Matt Snape

    Love Island trailer reveals contestants ditching day jobs

    A new trailer at the new series of Love Island sees the contestants abandon their day jobs as they head into the villa to search for love.

    RTE reports that the eighth series of the popular ITV2 dating show launches on Monday at a brand new location in Majorca, with Laura Whitmore returning as host.

    In the new teaser video, viewers will witness a line-up that includes Dubliner Dami Hope, former England striker Michael Owen's daughter Gemma and dancer Tasha Ghouri, who has a cochlear implant and is the show's first deaf contestant.

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    Love Island vs Blind Date: Which dating show is the best one of all time?

    Love Island and Blind Date are battling it out for the title of Ultimate Dating Show on Radio Times.

    Voting closes on Monday and the results will be announced then.

    To vote on the poll, click here.

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    Love Island twist: Viewers will choose the first couples

    Love Island just got more interesting as voiceover man Iain Stirling made a big revelation on Lorraine yesterday.

    Digital Spy reports that the first couplings won't be decided by the Islanders.

    Instead, the viewers will pick them via a Love Island app, and voting lasted until 9am today.

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