Love Islandwhich last premiered in August 2021, has returned for an eighth season.
On Monday (June 6) 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 who decided to get involved for the first time, met the contestants, who were introduced by host Laura Whitmore and narrator Iain Sterling.
Those concerned that this series might not have any hilarious moments were put at ease almost immediately thanks to new contestant Liam, who made a funny admission about Elton John in the first episode.
Below are all the talking points from the season 8 premiere of Love Island. read our Review of the first episode here.
1. The public chose the first couples
The first turn of Love Island It was weird. Moments into the new season, Whitmore revealed that instead of the men deciding who they pair up with, the decision was actually up to the public. This ultimately stripped the episode of any dramatic weight, leaving viewers wondering who liked whom. The couples were revealed to be: Amber and Dami, Gemma and Liam, Indiyah and Ikenna, Tasha and Andrew, and Paige and Luca.
2. Gemma hides a key detail
Every year there seems to be one contestant with a famous bond, and this season, it’s Gemma, whose father is ex-footballer Michael Owen. As Liam, the guy she’s paired with, was chatting with her to meet her, he seemed to pick up on the fact that she has a story that he doesn’t share about her. “I feel like you have a big house,” he told her, and shortly afterward he asked her if she had a former soccer partner. Not quite. It remains to be seen when Gemma will decide to reveal her family history, but it will certainly rid the new series of a fun sense of dramatic irony.
3. They supported Tasha when she told her story
One contestant who decided to open up about her past was Tasha, who gathered her fellow stars by the bonfire to tell them a little about herself, namely the fact that she was born completely deaf. Tash, who received a cochlear implant at the age of five, was supported by everyone, who praised her for deciding to tell them so soon.
4. All the women revealed that they like the same guy.
As the couples made up their minds as to who the public had chosen for each of them, all hell broke loose thanks to a self-proclaimed “Italian stud” named Davide. The girls couldn’t contain their excitement: Gemma was “stunned” by Davide, and Indiyah commented that she finds him “very handsome”. Meanwhile, Tasha said that she was “fit” and compared him to Hercules, while Paige said that she is ready to “get married” after seeing him. Well, at least they all have something in common.
5. Davide now has the power
“I received a text message,” said Davide after hearing that famous alert message. “In 24 hours, you will be paired with a girl of your choice, leaving a man alone and vulnerable,” he told his fellow contestants, leaving the men in jeopardy and the women extremely excited. Who he chooses will be revealed on Tuesday night’s episode (January 7).
Love Island airs every Saturday night on ITV2. The episodes will be available to stream on Britbox the next morning.