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25 reasons we missed Love Island

25 reasons we missed Love Island

Guess what’s back, back again. Love Island’s back, tell a friend…

By Laura Rutkowski, Staff Writer

The Mayans were wrong, but only by eight years – the world didn’t end in 2012 as they predicted, but in 2020. Among other ~ stuff ~, Love Island was cancelled last year. Well, the original summer version was anyway, we were still treated to the winter edition from January to February before the dreaded month of March (dun, dun, duuuun).


But nature is healing. Love Island is returning for a summery series 7, and thank goodness it is, too. Sure, we’re allowed to go outside again, but we’re opting to stay indoors. It sounds strange, we know, but if you’ve seen the show, you’ll understand.

If you haven’t, the concept of the show is simple. Islanders in a Mallorcan villa are made to “couple up”, and the public (and often the islanders themselves) then vote individuals or couples off the island. With re-couplings happening each week, those unfortunate enough to find themselves alone are left out in the cold (well, technically still in the sun) and told to pack their bags.


The winning couple must decide whether they’re in it for the money or for love, and choose whether to split or claim the £50,000 cash prize. If both choose money, they walk away with nothing, but if one chooses money and the other chooses love, the one with money on their mind gets to walk away with the cash. If they both choose love, they both receive £25,000 (plus thousands of Instagram followers, sponsorship deals, club appearances, reality TV offers… naturally!).


Here’s a look at the islanders joining the villa whose love lives we’ll be rooting for more than our own. 

The girls

Sharon Gaffka, 25, civil servant from Oxford 

Liberty Poole, 21, waitress and marketing student from Birmingham

Shannon Singh, 22, model from Fife

Kaz Kamwi, 26, fashion blogger from Essex

Chloe Burrows, 25, financial services marketing executive from Bicester

Faye Winter, 26, lettings manager from Devon

The guys

Aaron Francis, 24, luxury events hosts from London 

Hugo Hammond, 24, P.E. teacher from Hampshire

Jake Cornish, 24, water engineer from Weston-super-Mare

Brad McClelland, 26, labourer from Northumberland

Toby Aromolaran, 22, semi-pro footballer from Essex

Do we spy an uneven girl:boy ratio? Why, yes we do! Interesting...


Before things inevitably heat up, crack on with our list of 25 reasons we missed Love Island, all things we can look forward to seeing again very soon…


When is ITV2’s Love Island on TV?

Love Island airs at 9pm on ITV2/HD (CH 115/176) every day except Saturdays, with the first episode screening on Monday 28 June. It is also available in Apps & Games > ITV Hub.

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