Love Island 2018 is almost over. We are going to really miss our daily fix, it’s true, but here’s everything you need to know about the current series…
1. Love Island 2018: When is the final?
The official end date has been confirmed and it will air on Monday, July 30.
There are Love Island finale parties being planned across the country, so you can see your favourite islanders out of the villa in style.
2. Love Island 2018: What is the prize?
The prize for winning Love Island is £50,000. If the previous format is to be repeated, the winner will be able to choose whether to keep the cash for themselves or split it with their partner.
On top of that, once the queen and king of the villa return home, they can expect to make up to six personal appearances a week, charging between £2,000 and £5,000 a pop.
Better hurry up and get your application in for 2019!
3. Love Island 2018: Which contestants are in the final?
Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham
They have been together since day one, and it’s fair to say that they’ve been a fan-favourite pairing ever since.
Despite a few bumps in the road – let’s not forget that Jack’s visit to Casa Amor and the arrival of his ex-girlfriend that sparked thousands of complaints to Ofcom – #Jani have become stronger than ever.
Jack and Dani are now officially ‘boyfriend’ and ‘girlfriend’, have dropped the ‘L’ bomb and they’re also planning on moving in together when they leave the show.
Wes Nelson and Megan Barton Hanson
Wes called time on his relationship with Laura Anderson to pursue his feelings for Megan, causing quite a stir amongst viewers at home.
It seems that it all worked out for the best though; Meg and Wes have also become official and even dropped the ‘L’ word.
Laura Anderson and Paul Knops
Poor Laura has had a bit of an emotional time during her eight weeks in the villa. Her romance with Wes was cut short, bringing a lot of drama for her friendship with Megan too. Then Jack Fowler arrived and all seemed to be well again, until his head was turned by newcomer Laura Crane.
When Paul arrived as one of the most recent bombshells, he originally had his eye on Kaz and Alexandra. But after spending time with Laura, he decided to couple up with her.
Josh Denzel and Kazimir Crossley
Josh seems to have gone from one of the most unpopular lads in the villa to one of the most loved.
When he packed his things for Casa Amor a few weeks ago, he was in a seemingly happy couple with Georgia Steel. She stayed “loyal” to her man for the few days they were apart, but Josh couldn’t help but stray when he met new girl Kaz.
Since then, Georgia found a new relationship with Sam Bird – even sacrificing her place in the villa to be with him. Josh and Kaz, on the other hand, have cemented their place as one of the strongest couples, making it all the way to the final. The connection between the pair of them seems real, and they too have said ‘I love you’ and made things official.
4. Love Island 2018: Who has left the villa?
Alexandra Cane and Dr. Alex George
The couples were instructed to vote for the pair they thought should be eliminated and Alex and Alexandra, the only ones not to be in a romantic relationship, received the most votes from their fellow islanders.
This put them in a vulnerable position, facing the public vote against Josh and Kaz and Laura and Paul, who also received one vote each.
Ultimately, they lost the public vote and just missed out on a spot in the final.
Jack had been coupled with Laura Anderson before meeting newcomer Laura Crane, who entered late as a bombshell contestant.
Despite winning over the public with the baby challenge, they were voted out in a recent dumping.
She’s so loyal, babes. Despite choosing to split from Sam Bird to remain on the show, the pair couldn’t stay away from each other and ultimately quit after refusing to couple with anyone else.
Sam and Georgia have made things official since sacrificing their places on the show to be with each other.
Jack Fincham’s ex was thrown into Casa Amor to test his relationship with Dani Dyer, but they came out of it stronger than ever. PHEW!
Since losing her place in the villa, Ellie has claimed that producers told her to spill the beans on that Danny Dyer poster. Well, it is pretty funny.
The Chelsea lad made Ellie Brown his girlfriend on the show (with, er, lipstick), and the pair have been going from strength to strength on the outside.
The latecomer was voted out alongside her beau Charlie.
Samira quit the reality TV show, deciding to leave the villa in order to pursue her romance with Frankie Foster.
“This decision is so, so hard. I’m devastated by it,” she said in the Beach Hut. “But I think that it is the right thing to do. Just follow my heart because I’ve never done that before. I’ve always taken the back seat and now I need to go for it head-on and leave and just go for Frankie… I’ve got to go with my gut feeling.” And it seems to have worked out…
Kendall became the very first islander to get dumped in 2018. She coupled up with Niall Aslam on day one, but was soon stolen by resident bad boy Adam Collard.
When Adam failed to choose her at the next re-coupling, opting for newcomer Rosie Williams instead, she was sent home.
In a shock twist, Harry Potter lover Niall quit the show for “personal reasons.”
Breaking his silence for the first time on June 28, the much-loved contestant shared a heartfelt message with fans on Instagram, revealing that he was diagnosed with Asperger’s as a young child. He discussed how he struggled living with the developmental disorder growing up, and encouraged others to “embrace their true colours”.
Liverpudlian Hayley became one half of the very first couple of the series to be dumped from the Love Island villa via a public vote.
The 21-year-old had just coupled with new boy Charlie Frederick but, after going head-to-head with Dr Popular Alex George and his then-partner Samira Mighty, their time in the show was not meant to last, and they were sent home.
Charlie seemed to feel quite strongly that Hayley was to blame for his untimely departure, but she hit back during an awkward interview on spin-off show Aftersun.
Rosie was just one of the girls to be left heartbroken by series bad boy Adam Collard. He walked away from Kendall (a decision that saw her lose her place on the show) to be with her, only to go and do the very same thing once new girl Zara strutted through the door.
Rosie’s revenge lingerie shoot in the villa garden was met with mixed reviews, but she won praise for her sassy takedown of Adam and her heart-to-heart with his new partner. We were sorry to see her go.
The government advisor may have only been in the villa for a short while, but she became involved in one of the biggest storylines of the series so far – Adam Collard and his, er, women.
Zara seemed to have an instant connection with this year’s resident lothario and he wasted little time in pursuing her, despite being coupled with Rosie Williams at the time.
Ultimately, the decision to send her home fell at the feet of the boys in the villa. Despite claiming that she would wait for him on the outside, Zara then had to watch Adam crack on with new girl Darylle.
Zara and Adam got back together after she left the villa – they’re Instagram official now and everything.
The 22-year-old model failed to find love on the ITV2 show. He first coupled with Hayley Hughes, which didn’t go very far at all (in fact, he accused her of barely wanting to speak to him).
Eyal then sparked a short-lived romance with Megan Barton Hanson, only to have her call time on their relationship after she realised that she had more fun around Wes.
Finding himself in the bottom three alongside Adam and Dr Alex during a villa dumping, Eyal was sent home by the girls.
He was pegged as the series villain, but there’s no denying that Adam provided much-needed entertainment.
Whilst he might have set himself up as a bit of a lothario, he ultimately ended up pining after dumped islander Zara McDermott and later confessed his love for her on Aftersun.
Hairdresser Grace didn’t have very long in the villa to make an impression with viewers, and found herself in the bottom of a public vote alongside Frankie.
In a decision that broke Samira’s heart, Frankie was sent home after just missing out against Charlie and Josh. Samira left the villa for him – and they got together.
Alex seemed to have an instant connection with Megan Barton Hanson, but a villa dumping saw them in the bottom and they were then torn apart when she was saved by Wes Nelson.
He has since spoken out and claimed that she’s playing a “big game”, calling for producers to send him back in so he can confront her.
Despite hitting things off with Adam Collard, the eyebrow technician was soon friend zoned and, after failing to couple up with anyone else, sent home.
5. Love Island 2018: the trailer
Yes! Marking the countdown to the nation’s favourite telly event, ITV2 dropped its first teaser trailer earlier this year, giving fans a look at… well, nothing really.
Revealing absolutely nothing about the villa the contestants or even the start date, our first look at Love Island wasn’t exactly an informative one.
Another teaser followed the week after that showed… not much more.
THEN FINALLY the week after that, we got our first proper trailer for Love Island 2018. Still not all that much info, but it was pretty banging all the same.
Check it out right here:
You want another trailer? Well step right up for one that’s packed with all the Love Island lingo that you know and love.
6. Love Island 2018: Will the show include LGBTQ couples?
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In August last year, ITV’s Head of Digital Channels, Paul Mortimer, said that introducing same-sex relationships into the villa would “complicate” the format.
“The format doesn’t really allow it,” he said at the Edinburgh TV festival. “If you’re familiar with the programme, it’s about coupling and re-coupling.
“To complicate it with same-sex relationships is to take something away from the format.”
However, a Love Island spokesperson recently reiterated that the only stipulations for contestants are that they be over 18 and single, so that’s not to say LGBTQ+ contestants can’t apply.
The show has, after all, had some LGBTQ+ representation in the past, with a love triangle having taken place during the 2016 series after the arrival of Katie Salmon, who identified as bisexual.
Talking after their BAFTA win for Best Reality and Constructed Factual, executive producer Richard Cowles said that an LGBTQ+ version may well happen.
“We’ve had bisexual people in the show – for a dating show, you need everyone to fancy everyone, so if you have gay and heterosexual in the same place, they’re not going to fancy each other,” he outlined. “[So] we’d have to dedicated show [for that]… Absolutely we’d consider two series a year.”
7. Love Island 2018: how is it different to last year?
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Apparently so. After last year’s shenanigans, The Mirror claims that ITV bosses have decided to introduce strict new rules, which include a ban on full nudity and having sex while drunk. The publication also reports that islanders will be given a handbook which sets out what they can and can’t do in the villa, as well as advice on sexual intercourse and using protection.
In another surprise move, ITV is reportedly planning to introduce a new clause to the islanders’ contracts, which states that its entitled to 10% of their future earnings! Digital Spy reached out to ITV for clarification on the matter but a spokesperson declined to comment.
Following complaints over the amount of smoking in last year’s series, a Love Island spokesperson has confirmed to Digital Spy that there will be limits on it this year: “There will be no smoking within the Love Island villa or the main villa garden this year.”
Instead, this year’s hopefuls will have to use a designated smoking area outside the villa and they’ll have to use it alone.
8. Love Island 2018: How long did this series run for?
Thanks to the success of Love Island 2017, ITV bosses decided to run this year’s show for an extra seven days. This meant that it aired for a total of eight weeks, making it the longest series to date.
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