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Love Is In The Air: Loveisland Is Back With Controversy

Earlier this week marked the beginning of the eighth season of ITV2’s Love Island. Each episode airs daily on ITV2 at 9 pm except Saturdays when a collection of best bits is shown. The show features an all-new and improved villa in the Balearic Islands with a 20-foot infinity pool and a huge outdoor gym area. It also has a dressing room that is kitted out in collaboration with eBay, and it has makeup stations filled with luxury products or appliances from the likes of Fenty Beauty, Benefit, and Dyson. 


Love Island’s 2022 contestant line-up so far includes:

-       Luca Bish, 23, is a fishmonger from Brighton.

-       Amber Beckford, 24, works as a nanny and lives in London. 

-       Andrew Le Page, 27, is a real estate agent from Guernsey. 

-       Ikenna Ekwonna, 23, works in Pharmaceutical Sales and hails from Nottingham.

-       19-year-old Gemma Owen is an international dressage rider for Great Britain. She is also famously known as the daughter of football legend Michael Owen. 

-       Davide Sanclimenti is a 27-year-old business owner. He lives in Machester but is originally from Rome.

-       Natasha Ghouri, 23, is a model, dancer, and the first-ever deaf contestant.

-       Liam Llewellyn, 22, is a Strength & Conditioning Master’s student from South Wales.

-       Indiyah Polack is a 23-year-old hotel waitress that hails from London.

-       Dami Hope, 26, is a Senior Microbiologist from Dublin.

-       Paige Thorne, 24, works as a paramedic and is from Swansea. 

-       Ekin-Su Cülcüloglu is a 27-year-old actress from Essex.

-       Afia Tonkmor, 25, works as a Lounge Host at a private Members Club and is from London.


Although it rakes in millions of viewers, Love Island is a largely controversial show, and it has already been subject to a surge of Ofcom complaints despite being less than a week into the series. It comes after Islanders Gemma and Davide, who have an age gap of nearly a decade, couple up and kisses. This is mainly due to Gemma having only just turned 19 in May. Viewers on social media have been calling on the shower producers to implement a minimum age requirement of 21 and above. 


The initial coupling up, which usually sees contestants step forward for an islander they like the look of, saw a major twist this year that sparked more controversy. The couple’s pairings were left in the hands of the British public, which caused debate on social media as fans hit out at the ‘racist’ British public. Ikenna and Polack have been paired together, as well as Dami and Amber. One fan said, ‘It feels racist that the public paired the black women and men together’. This debate was fuelled by Davide appearing to avoid chatting with either of the only two black girls in the villa. 

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