The latest episode of Love Island saw some couples grow closer than ever while others hit their first real rocky patch.
Sophie and Connor, along with Siannise and Nas, were the only pairings to avoid drama completely in an hour that showed the fall-out from the twins’ arrival in the villa unfold.
Here are the main talking points…
1. Mike faced the toughest decision since Brexit
Mike was flinging around statistics like nobody’s business in tonight’s episode, saying he was 51% into Leanne and 49% into Jess. He held his own romantic referendum and, evidently, it was the closest shave since Brexit. After initially asking Leanne’s permission to share a bed with Jess, he then realised that he was missing his original partner and asked to have her back. She said yes. It was admittedly all quite sweet. Jess, however, found the fact Mike chose Leanne over her purely “shocking”.
2. Ollie and Paige had their first (and probably last) row
Paige got a bit fed up with Ollie in tonight’s episode because, after having previously discovered he had cheated on his ex multiple times, she then found out he lied to her about showing interest in Siannise. At the end of a tense discussion, Ollie said he didn’t think he was quite in the doghouse but that he was probably “bloody close”. Not that it really matters, seeing as he has quit the villa anyway.
3. Shaughna and Eve are in competition
If looks could kill, Eve would be in a sorry state right now after stealing Callum from Shaughna. Despite Callum not having the courtesy to go and talk to Shaughna after his date with Eve, Shaughna is not taking defeat lying down and has pledged to fight for his attention. “May the best woman win,” as she said.
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Welcome to tonight’s Love Island blog. We’re back to offer you more eye-rolling and extreme wit as the Islanders continue their search for The One.
In last night’s episode, we saw twins Jess and Eve enter the villa, squabble over Callum, and then end up stealing two boys from the original girls on the show.
Tonight, it’s all about Ollie’s sudden departure and the inevitable fall-out that will ensue as Jess and Eve face the wrath of Leanne and Shaughna.
Here are the biggest talking points from last night’s episode to refresh your memory…
1: Love Island is in a bit of a rut
Banter, a kiss-and-tell game show, and a big choice at the end of the hour. Such is the formula to which Love Island has rigorously adhered across previous seasons and here we go again in South Africa. The problem is that, as yet, the series has yet to cough up a break-out personality to make us ignore how predictable it all is. Mike, the likeliest of lads, is the closest to a star so far. But even he is essentially thoughtful and sensible. Good for him – not great for ITV ratings you suspect.
2: Do half the contestants even want to be on Love Island?
Leanne woke from her trance long enough to snog Mike during the tea-based kiss-and-tell competition (yes that is a thing). Otherwise she seemed perfectly happy in the background. Ditto Sophie, Paige, Cheatin’ Ollie, Connor of the wonder-teeth…. All are clearly appreciative of the free winter break in South Africa. But none is visibly burning up with desire to win Love Island.
3: Will Jess and Eve turn on one another?
Flickers of tension broke out between the twins as they weighed up which of the boys they wanted to pick (both fancied Mike). Obviously nobody in the real world would want to see sisters falling out. But unless a wedge of some sort is driven through their alliance it’s hard to see where the contrived conflict that is the lifeblood of reality TV will come from. Shaughna looks properly annoyed with Callum – but he had no say in whether or not he was chosen so a split there hardly yields oodles of dramatic potential. Winter Love Island is in danger of freezing over slightly.
A preview of tonight’s shenanigans…
Ollie’s statement on leaving the villa…
“I have to be honest with myself, and everyone, that I do still love someone else. I have to follow my heart in this scenario and it would be wrong for me to ignore these feelings. At the end of the day, this is Love Island and it’s about finding love. If I carried on anything with Paige, or any other girl that might come into the villa, it wouldn’t be fair on them.”
…And his alternative statement
Here we go…
Double date time… is anyone else hoping Mike and Callum will get their twins mixed up at some point?
Classic first date chat Callum… ‘don’t be thrown by me kissing someone else’
The twins are going to feel the wrath of Shaughna when they get back to the villa…
All Nas wants is to be the Aladdin to Siannise’s Jasmine – will never forget how wide that grin was when she planted the Disney dream in his head
The girls are nailing passive aggression right now
Connor’s teeth. That is all.
Getting some very mixed messages from Mike right now
Ollie really does not look like he’s having fun at any point. Wonder if they’ll cover him quitting the show tonight?
Also can Nas have more airtime please? Thanks.
Eve’s virtue-signalling has got to stop
Ollie is drowning in a lie right now
Mike leaning 51% towards Leanne and 49% towards Jess in the trickiest choice a Brit has faced since Brexit…
Thought Mike fell asleep mid-conversation for a second there
Love Island‘s new series debuted to a significant drop in ratings compared to last season. Just over 2.5 million people tuned in for the launch on Sunday 12 January – 800,000 down on the number for last summer’s series.
Love Island continues every night on ITV2 at 9pm.