Love Island is back for its 8th series! Whether you love it, loathe it or are simply indifferent to it, there’s no denying that the show has been a huge ratings success for the past few years, and one of the most popular shows in the UK.
The 8th series isn’t really much different in format to how it’s been in the previous ones: a group of singletons enter a villa on an island and compete to win the dating show- a simple premise, yet very watchable.
The lineup of this year’s contestants was revealed on Monday by ITV, and Love Island fans are eager to see how they’ll all mesh together in the villa. The name that’s hit the headlines is Gemma Owen, daughter of the former England striker Michael Owen, who himself was on ITV’s game show The Masked Singer earlier this year. Also on the show is model and dancer Tasha Ghouri, a model and dancer from Yorkshire and the show’s first deaf contestant, Paige Thorne who comes from her hometown of Swansea, London based waitress Indiyah Polack, nanny Amber Beckford (also from London).
On the guys side, there’s Davide Sanclimenti, an Italian businessman now living in Manchester, Dami Hope, a senior microbiologist from Dublin, Welsh Liam Llewellyn from Newport studying strength and conditioning, Nottingham based Ikenna Ekwonna who works in pharmaceuticals, Guernsy estate agent Andrew Le Page, and fishmonger Luca Birch (expect plenty of jokes about him being a catch).
The new series is set to begin next week on Monday 6th of June on ITV2, at 9PM. Once again, the show will be presented by Laura Whitmore, who took over in 2020, and all the action will as ever be wittily narrated by her husband, comedian Ian Stirling. So, get ready for 10 weeks of singletons vying to be crowned winner of Love Island 2022, with all the drama, mayhem and twists that it brings.