Love Island 2022 news – Fans left FURIOUS at dramatic change to series as Gemma Owen desperate to ‘score in the villa’

Love Island 2022 news – Fans left FURIOUS at dramatic change to series as Gemma Owen desperate to ‘score in the villa’

06/03/2022

LOVE Island fans have been left furious after host Iain Stirling revealed a huge change coming to this years series.

Iain Stirling, who arrived in Majorca today, revealed that viewers have been given the power to choose who couples with who during the opening episode.

After the new format was announced viewers took to Twitter to express their fury.

One said: "Noooo the first couple up is always brutal. 'm sooo disappointed with this!"

Another added: "What’s the point? Stop changing things that don’t need to be changed.. keep it simple, they couple up, we vote out.."

The news comes as star Gemma Owen has revealed her famous footballer father "isn't happy" about her joining the hit reality dating series.

The daughter of footballer Michael Owen, swimwear company owner Gemma, 19, revealed that she is desperate to ‘score in the villa’.

She told MailOnline: "I still wouldn't say that my dad is buzzing about me doing Love Island.

"He's very supportive in whatever I decide to do. He didn't have a massive tantrum or anything like that. He was pretty chilled, he trusts me not to do anything to embarrass him. He took it quite well."

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…

  • Louis Allwood

    Molly Mae Hague shows off new sofa as she moans about lack of furniture 

    MOLLY-MAE Hague shared a rare photo of her huge living room last night, revealing Tommy Fury sitting on their giant sofa.

    Yet the 23-year-old star has claimed her £3.5million mansion looked like a "warehouse" because of a lack of furniture.

    She posted a photo of her impressive lounge with floor to ceiling windows and white marble floor tiles, and penned: "PS, still no furniture in the warehouse."

    And former Love Island stars Molly and Tommy, also 23, have already spent around £12,000 on sofas to go in the large kitchen and bedrooms in their dream house.

    The star said she had her heart set on getting everything in a ‘bouclé’ material earlier this year during a trip to a furniture store.

    She said in a Youtube video: "Today has consisted of walking up to every piece of furniture and asking if I can have it in bouclé."

  • Louis Allwood

    Hosts touch down in Majorca

    Love Island host Laura Whitmore and boyfriend Iain Stirling have touched down in Majorca ahead of Monday night's launch show.

    The celeb couple managed to dodge the flight chaos that has engulfed Europe as airlines struggle to put on flights due to staffing issues.

    Snapped on arrival in Palma, Laura wore a black Fleetwood Mac T-shirt under a denim jacket and tie-dye trousers.

    Comedian and show narrator Iain dressed in a black T-shirt and jeans, a denim jacket and had a face mask over his chin.

    Love Island fans think Laura teased a brand new theme for the series last week when she posed as female version of Greek god Eros – the god of carnal love.

    Dressed in a golden feathered minidress and with gold leaf in her eyebrows, she was ready to help singletons realise their desires.

  • Joseph Gamp

    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

    Love Island’s Tasha Ghouri in music video for major pop star

    LOVE Island’s Tasha Ghouri will become a household name when the new series kicks off on Monday night.

    But she’ll already be a familiar face to fans of pop star MNEK having starred in his and Sleepwlkers’ More Than Words music video.

    Poignantly, the song was a celebration of the deaf community and every dancer featured is deaf and hard of hearing.

    Ahead of the series, Tasha said: “That was my first major music video. Surprisingly enough it was about him celebrating the deaf community. It was such a great, exciting opportunity.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Rachel Finni: ‘These are the hacks to make it to the final’

    LOVE Island’s Rachel Finni has shared useful beauty tips on how to survive in the Majorcan villa.

    The 30-year-old appeared on the ITV2 reality show as the first black bombshell ever last year, but she never reached the final.

    She took to Instagram last night and shared advice on how to handle the long hours filming in the sunshine, and what to pack for Love Island, in a post titled “to my melanated beauties”.

    Rachel said sunscreen is a necessity because “you never film in the shade so you will catch that sexy sun.

    Another tip she said was to “buy foundation up to 3 shades darker than your skin tone.

    Read the article in full here

  • Joseph Gamp

    Where to buy the new Love Island water bottle

    On Thursday, May 26, the Love Island official shop revealed a new version of the Love Island water bottle for the launch of season 8.

    The new bottle features a gold font on the side and is only available during the show.

    It was first launched on This Morning by duo Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

    The new bottle is only available from the Official Love Island shop along with new products like personalised robes, eye masks, passport covers and luggage labels.

    Returning favourites include tote bags, suitcases and the original water bottle designs. 

  • Joseph Gamp

    Love Island 2022 start date

    After months of guessing, we finally know when Love Island is coming back! 

    Love Island 2022 will begin on Monday, June 6 at 9 pm on ITV 2 and ITV Hub

    The news was confirmed on the official Love Island Twitter account, with the caption: “Here’s your first hot date of the summer”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Bookies CAN’T SPLIT Liam and Luca

    Liam and Luca can't be seperated in the Love Island betting as things stand, according to Ladbrokes. 

    The bookies have revealed the latest odds ahead of the new series starting, and it's Liam and Luca who lead the way for the boys at 3/1 apiece. 

    Elsewhere, Michael Owen's daughter, Gemma, now leads the way for the girls at 5/2, ahead of Tasha (3/1) and Paige (4/1).

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "It's all change in the betting for the girls, with Gemma leapfrogging Paige to now lead the way."

    He added: "However, it's proving much more difficult to predict the top boy, with Luca and Liam neck-and-neck in the betting as things stand."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Gemma Owen says dad Michael 'isn’t happy'

    Football legend Michael Owen said it is “every father’s worst nightmare.”

    He told sports correspondent Chris Hall he was worried about her joining this years cast.

    Gemma is the youngest to go on the show this year at just 19 years old. Despite her age, her dad said she is a “sensible girl.”

  • Joseph Gamp

     Georgia Steel teams up with Domino’s

    The ex-contestant also reveals her secrets to a hot bod.

    Georgia has announced that this year’s Love Island couples will be given a Loyalty Card which entitles them to pizza, for as long as they are together.

    24-year-old Georgia shook up the villa in 2018, and now tells new Islanders to be authentic.

    She said she maintains her banging figure by Pilates, yoga, and eating the occasional pizza.

    Pizza fans can also get their hands on the very special Loyal Card by staking their claim on Twitter @Dominos_UK with a stand-out display of loyalty.

    Credit: Domino's / BEEM
  • Joseph Gamp

    Huge Love Island star looks unrecognisable in throwback

    MOLLY-MAE Hague looks almost unrecognisable in an unearthed snap from her teen years.

    The Love Island favourite is one of the show’s biggest success stories, racking up 6.5million Instagram followers and landing a string of high profile brand deals.

    Over the years Molly altered her look with fillers and Botox.

    The 23-year-old began getting many of her cosmetic procedures reversed in hopes of achieving a more natural look last February.

    In March, experts estimated that the social media influencer spent over £8,000 on regular procedures and paid thousands more to have them reversed.

    The PLT creative director explained she no longer recognised herself in the photo and wanted to do something about it.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Love Island star hits out at ITV calling her pictures ‘the worst in history’

    LOVE Island star Millie Court has slammed ITV for making her look 40 in press pictures ahead of her stint in the villa.

    The 25-year-old – who went on to win the show with her boyfriend Liam Reardon – was trolled at the time.

    Sharing it on social media ahead of the new series launch, millionaire Millie said: “This pic will haunt me until I die…

    “Sorry but this just isn’t it. Worst press picture in the history of Love Island award goes to me.

    “WHAT IS MY HAIR AND MAKEUP!!!!!!!”

    Millie added: “Naaaaaaa my friends told me when this pic launched everyone was saying who the f**k is this 40 year old looks like a mum dropping her kids off at the gate”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Love Island’s Andrew reveals what his secret surgery was

    LOVE Island singleton Andrew Le Page has revealed he went under the knife for a cosmetic procedure before entering the villa.

    The 27-year-old real estate agent, who lives in Dubai, previously didn’t say what the surgery was for, but has now told how he decided to have some glands on his chest removed.

    Speaking to The Sun during a roundtable interview, he said: “It was surgery on my chest, it was a day procedure to take out glands that were in my chest.

    “It was something that I had always wanted to do and I thought it was something I may as well do before I come on the show.

    “It was a cosmetic procedure, it wasn’t something I needed to do, I just wanted to do it.”

    Discussing how else he got body ready, Andrew continued:  “When I had my surgery two months ago I couldn’t train for six weeks, so that was frustrating.

    “Now I am training in the morning -a hit session and then in the evening I do a resistance, weights training.”

    Andrew admitted he is a huge fan of the show and applied to be on it after his mates insisted he would be great for it.

  • Milica Cosic

    Rachel Finni: 'These are the hacks to make it to the final'

    LOVE Island's Rachel Finni has shared useful beauty tips on how to survive in the Majorcan villa.

    The 30-year-old appeared on the ITV2 reality show as the first black bombshell ever last year, but she never reached the final.

    She took to Instagram last night and shared advice on how to handle the long hours filming in the sunshine, and what to pack for Love Island, in a post titled "to my melanated beauties".

    Rachel said sunscreen is a necessity because "you never film in the shade so you will catch that sexy sun.

    Another tip she said was to "buy foundation up to 3 shades darker than your skin tone.

    Read the article in full here.

  • Milica Cosic

    Love Island’s Tasha Ghouri in music video for major pop star

    LOVE Island's Tasha Ghouri will become a household name when the new series kicks off on Monday night.

    But she'll already be a familiar face to fans of pop star MNEK having starred in his and Sleepwlkers' More Than Words music video.

    Poignantly, the song was a celebration of the deaf community and every dancer featured is deaf and hard of hearing.

    Ahead of the series, Tasha said: "That was my first major music video. Surprisingly enough it was about him celebrating the deaf community. It was such a great, exciting opportunity."

  • Milica Cosic

    Love Island bosses on high alert due to travel chaos

    LOVE Island bosses are on high alert to “adapt” the show if Britain’s travel chaos scuppers their planned flights to and from Majorca. 

    Host Laura Whitmore flies multiple times throughout the series to present from the main villa on the Balearic isle as well as from a studio in London for spin-off show Aftersun. 

    And fresh Islanders arrive throughout the ITV2 show’s run, which can be as long as eight weeks. 

    But ITV confirmed they were ready to handle the mayhem, which has been caused by Easyjet and TUI axing flights over staff shortages.

    A show source said: “It’s less than ideal but the team is ready to adapt if they need to.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Love Island’s Andrew reveals he matched with an ex islander

    LOVE Island hunk Andrew Le Page has revealed he matched with former islander Lillie Haynes on a dating app.

    The 27-year-old, who was living in Dubai, admitted they hit it off but he didn’t get any tips about doing the show from her.

    Speaking to The Sun in a roundtable ahead of the show, he explained: “I was speaking to one but not about the show.”

    Quizzed if it was Lillie, he coyly replied: “No comment.”

    He went on to explain: “We matched on a dating app and we were chatting on Instagram but not for long and then it fizzled out. That was it.”

    During the chat, Andrew also admitted his favourite past contestant was Kady McDermott, admitting he loves a “fiery brunette pocket rocket”.

  • Milica Cosic

    Love Island’s Andrew reveals what his secret surgery was

    LOVE Island singleton Andrew Le Page has revealed he went under the knife for a cosmetic procedure before entering the villa.

    The 27-year-old real estate agent, who lives in Dubai, previously didn't say what the surgery was for, but has now told how he decided to have some glands on his chest removed.

    Speaking to The Sun during a roundtable interview, he said: “It was surgery on my chest, it was a day procedure to take out glands that were in my chest.

    "It was something that I had always wanted to do and I thought it was something I may as well do before I come on the show.

    “It was a cosmetic procedure, it wasn’t something I needed to do, I just wanted to do it.”

    Discussing how else he got body ready, Andrew continued:  “When I had my surgery two months ago I couldn’t train for six weeks, so that was frustrating.

    “Now I am training in the morning -a hit session and then in the evening I do a resistance, weights training.”

    Andrew admitted he is a huge fan of the show and applied to be on it after his mates insisted he would be great for it.

  • Milica Cosic

    Laura Anderson reveals surprise new career

    LOVE Island favourite Laura Anderson could be looking at a surprising new career path – as a chart topping pop star.

    The reality star, 33, is taking part in the new series of ITV2's Celebrity Karaoke Club – and her co-stars are already tipping her for a promising future as the next big thing in music.

    Dancing on Ice legend and skate professional Matt Evers, who stars on the show with Laura, says she will blow viewers away with her "incredible singing voice".

    Matt told The Sun: “Laura’s a secret assassin. That girl’s got some pipes. Record deal on the way. Watch this space.”

    Laura is best known for starring in the 2018 series of Love Island.

    Laura is now dating Another Level singer Dane Bowers and the pair are based in Dubai.

  • Milica Cosic

    Tasha Ghouri: 'I was born completely deaf but it’s not a disability'

    LOVE Island’s Tasha Ghouri says that being deaf is her “superpower” – especially when it comes to dating.

    Viewers will see the hearing-impaired model and dancer, 23, wearing a cochlear implant and lip-reading in the villa.

    Chatting before entering the ITV2 villa in Majorca, she said: “I call it my superpower.

    “I don’t call it a disability because it’s something I don’t like — it sounds negative. With boys, because I’m so confident about it, I think they find that attractive.

    “I don’t shy away from it. It’s like, if you don’t accept it that’s your loss, but I’m a fun, wild girl.”

    Tasha was born deaf due to sensory loss, with the tiny, essential hairs on the cochlear in her inner ear missing or damaged.

    Her implant has small fibre optics which are pushed into the cochlear to stimulate fluid and send messages to the brain, while the outer section contains a tiny computer that is programmed for the frequency of her loss.

  • Milica Cosic

    Love Island 2022 contestants to receive Inclusion Training

    Duty of care has been extended this year, to make sure no one is left out or made to feel bad about themselves.

    This should be a vital turning point for the show, which will see contestants being educated on inclusive language around disability, sexuality, race, ethnicity, behaviours and micro-aggressions.

    Black female contestants had been snubbed in previous years, and viewers found it hard to watch them being picked last.

    Stunning girls Samira Almighty, Yewande Baila, Kaz Kamwi and Rachel Finni all had a pretty tricky time when it came to the coupling up ceremonies.

  • Milica Cosic

    Exclusive – £500 clothing allowance

    Last years contestant, Brett said Love Islanders bring multiple outfits to be approved by the camera crew, but are also offered clothing from the show’s sponsors, according to Brett.

    He says: “Before you go in you get sent a code that gives you £500 credit on an online store and then they deliver everything to the villa where you are quarantining.

    “Then when you’re in Casa Amor there’s a big duffle bag delivered to you every three or four days that contains swimwear, trainers, evening outfits and everything.

    “It’s like a whole wardrobe of brand new stuff every few days and if you talk to the team, you can request specific items, like more underwear, socks or anything else you need.”

    One regular section of the show that doesn’t make the final cut is cast members getting approval for their clothes every day. 

    Brett says: “You have to hold up your shirt to make sure it doesn’t make the cameras strobe. Often they are like, ‘Yeah, you can’t wear that.’

    “I filmed my entrance scenes while the Islanders were out on a challenge, but because my shorts caused camera problems they had to stall them while we filmed it all over again.”

  • Milica Cosic

    2022 contestant Gemma Owen said dad “isn’t happy”

    Football legend Michael Owen said it is “every father’s worst nightmare.”

    He told sports correspondent Chris Hall he was worried about her joining this years cast.

    Gemma is the youngest to go on the show this year at just 19 years old. Despite her age, her dad said she is a “sensible girl.”

  • Milica Cosic

    When does Love Island start?

    Love Island starts on Monday, June 6, 2022, with the launch show starting at 9pm on ITV2.

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

    The exception is Saturdays, when there will be a highlights show instead.

  • Louis Allwood

    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.”

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