First Look at Love Island as contestants enter the Villa

Love Island is back for its 10th season, meaning two months of Turkey teeth, snakey behaviour and lots of snogging.

The new summer series featured a major twist for the launch episode as the public voted for which contestants they wanted to see coupled up, but the vote was soon criticised by many fans after the show’s Black stars were paired with each other.

Maya Jama is back on hosting duties after she made her debut on the winter edition earlier this year.

The first batch of contestants in the villa include model Ella Thomas and semi-professional footballer Tyrique Hyde. In last night’s episode, it was revealed that the pair already knew each other before they went in.

One newcomer, Molly Marsh, joins the list of “nepo babies” who have appeared throughout the show’s history, from Dani Dyer to Tommy Fury.

Find out all about the 2023 villa here and which former contestants are still together here.

And follow along for live updates…


How long does Love Island go on for?

Love Island’s 2023 summer series is expected to run for eight weeks as usual. If the series follows the usual pattern, the grand final is expected to take place on 30 July.

If previous instalments are anything to go by, the final four couples will have visits from their families before the winners are crowned and given the chance to share or steal the £50,000 prize.

Jacob Stolworthy6 June 2023 13:15


The moment two Love Island 2023 contestants learn they’ve already met!

Love Island: Two contestants surprisingly discover they already met

Roisin O’Connor6 June 2023 12:45


Has Love Island finally given us the ick? That’s the big question pondered by The Independent’s Isobel Lewis in this comment piece.

“The suicides of two former contestants, Sophie Gradon in 2018 and Mike Thalassitis in 2019, as well as the suicide of former presenter Caroline Flack in 2020, showed that the fun wasn’t as harmless as it seemed,” Lewis writes.

“Contestants thought they were having a fun summer gossipping by a pool, but left the show to find themselves national hate figures, their social media feeds flooded with abuse. The air had been sucked out of the villa, its toxic ripple effect now impossible to ignore.”

Jacob Stolworthy6 June 2023 12:45


Meet the contestants and couples of the 2023 summer edition

Get stuck in for glam, grafting, and girls and guys “pulling each other for a chat” –Love Island is back for its 10th season with a whole new batch of islanders.

Ellie Harrison6 June 2023 11:45


From Gemma Owen to Tommy Fury: All of the nepo babies that have appeared on Love Island

Ellie Harrison6 June 2023 11:15


Love Island can’t hide from its ugly past – what place does the series have in 2023?

Has Love Island finally given us the ick? As ITV2’s annual celebration of sun, skin and snogging returns, it’s a question many of us are asking. For the past eight years, this dating show has dominated the discourse – plonk a bunch of hot twentysomethings in a Mallorcan villa, and their actions will spark debate about everything from racism to gaslighting. Now back for its 10th series, there’s more scrutiny on Love Island than ever, but little sign it’s going anywhere either. Should Love Island change, just because society has? Or is it asking too much to want a show, where attractive gym bunnies lie around in skimpy swimwear, to be politically aware, too?

Roisin O’Connor6 June 2023 10:45


Meet all the contestants, including the new bombshell

Last night’s launch saw the arrival of Zachariah… who is going to “steal” one of the contestants in tonight’s show

Ellie Harrison6 June 2023 10:21


Public vote for couples raises eyebrows

Love Island fans have been joking about their “shock” at the public having voted for the Black contestants on the new series to couple up.

Ellie Harrison6 June 2023 08:15


Watch: First Look at Love Island as contestants enter the Villa

First Look at Love Island as contestants enter the Villa

Tom Murray6 June 2023 06:23


Molly is the show’s latest ‘nepo baby’. Who else has there been?

21-year-old Molly is the daughter of Janet Marsh, an actor who has had several roles in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years, and featured in series like Bodies, Where The Heart Is and Still Open All Hours.

She previously told OK Magazine that her mum had “only done small day player roles” and insisted that she has not given her daughter any advice for appearing on television.

Find out what other contestants had famous parents here:

Tom Murray6 June 2023 05:20

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