Love Island 2023: Everything you need to know from the first episode of the new series


The new series of Love Island kicked off in dramatic fashion as ten new Islanders entered the Mallorcan villa in the hope of enjoying a summer of love.

Returning just a few months after the end of the winter series, producers threw in some new twists and turns to keep the attention of viewers.

The first plot twist came just minutes into the show, as for the first time ever boys and girls entered the villa at the same time.

Five Islanders, Ella ThomasRuchee Gurung, Andre Furtado, Mitchel Taylor and Jess Harding arrived on the show, shortly to be joined by five more contestants who they would be coupling up with.

Those contestants were Tyrqiue Hyde, Medhi Edno, Catherine Agbaje, Molly Marsh and George Fensom.

Arrivals! The new series of Love Island kicked off in dramatic fashion as ten new islanders entered the Mallorcan villa in the hope of enjoying a summer of love (pictured Catherine Agbaje and Molly Marsh)

Arrivals! The new series of Love Island kicked off in dramatic fashion as ten new islanders entered the Mallorcan villa in the hope of enjoying a summer of love (pictured Catherine Agbaje and Molly Marsh)

Pictured: Returning just a few months after the end of the winter series, producers threw in some new twists and turns to keep the attention of viewers (pictured Mitchel Taylor and Molly Marsh)

Pictured: Returning just a few months after the end of the winter series, producers threw in some new twists and turns to keep the attention of viewers (pictured Mitchel Taylor and Molly Marsh)

As usual, fans reeled off a running commentary online, offering their thoughts and insights into the episode as another season began.

Some viewers drew similarities between Mitchel and last year’s contestant Luca Bish, while others reacted to Ella and Tyrique already knowing each other.

Arguably the most shocking moment of the episode occured in the final moments of the show, when host Maya Jama returned to the villa.

Maya gave them the option of ‘stick or twist’ in their current couples asking them whether they were happy or if they’d prefer to be single.

Throughout the show, Maya wowed in a total of three stunning looks as she welcomed the cast to another sun-soaked series.

Following the end of the first episode, here’s everything you need to know:

Ruchee hasn’t been single for long!

Moments into the show, fans were quick to mock newbie Ruchee after she revealed she had only been single for four months.

During her intro video the 24-year-old beautician made the revelation leaving many questioning when she found the time to sign up for the ITV2 reality show.

Racing to Twitter one cheekily asked: ‘Did she dump him before or after her application?’.

Another wrote: ‘Single 4 months means you wrote your love island application in the relationship’.

'Did she dump him before or after her application?': Moments into the show, fans were quick to mock newbie Ruche e after she revealed she had only been single for four months

‘Did she dump him before or after her application?’: Moments into the show, fans were quick to mock newbie Ruche e after she revealed she had only been single for four months

Say again? During her intro video the 24-year-old beautician (left) made the revelation leaving many questioning when she found the time to sign up for the ITV2 reality show

And a third said: ‘Ruchee being single for 4 months is killing me. She didn’t even give it time’. 

Someone else wrote: ‘Single for 4 months is actually too funny loooool’.

And a fifth said: ”I’ve been single for 4 months’. Applications take ten months’. 

While sixth commented: ‘Single 4 months, when did applications open?’. 

Other viewers seemed concerned asking:  ‘Single for 4 months? Is she even healed?’.

And another added: ‘I love how the girl has been single for 4 months, she knows what she wants’. 

New twist sees the boys and girls enter at the same time

Viewers admitted they were loving the new twist as for the first time ever, boys and girls entered the Mallorcan villa at the same time, and viewers revealed that they were impressed with the switch up.

The Islanders were notably confused by the change in format, as they expressed their bewilderment to each other during the opening minutes of the show.

Keen to clear things up, Maya soon arrived to let the new cast know what was going to happen.

New format: Viewers admitted they were loving the new twist as for the first time ever, boys and girls entered the Mallorcan villa at the same time

New format: Viewers admitted they were loving the new twist as for the first time ever, boys and girls entered the Mallorcan villa at the same time

What's going on! The Islanders were notably confused by the change in format, as they expressed their bewilderment to each other during the opening minutes of the show (pictured Andre and Mitchel)

What’s going on! The Islanders were notably confused by the change in format, as they expressed their bewilderment to each other during the opening minutes of the show (pictured Andre and Mitchel)

Maya told them: ‘We’ve switched it up by letting you meet now. Anyone been flirting already? You been having a flirt? With who?’

Ella revealed that her type was ‘tall with nice teeth’, while Ruchee admitted she was looking out for ‘height, fashion sense and someone that I can bring to my family.’

Mitchell confessed he was looking for the real deal and has plans to ‘settle down, find wifey, kids and dogs etc.’

Jess controversially revealed: ‘My type is pretty boys with Turkey teeth.’ Maya admitted: ‘I’ve never heard someone say they want Turkey teeth.’

Sharing the news that they would be soon meeting their couples, Maya said: ‘I’ve got some news, none of you guys will be coupling up with each other. That decision has already been made by the public.

‘Are you ready to find out who the public have coupled you up with? Let’s go!’

Viewers rejoiced at the the change in format, admitting they hoped that producers continue to switch it up throughout the series. 

One person said: ‘Okay Love Island with the switch up.’

Perplexed viewers had no clue they could vote for new couples 

However some viewers admitted to being very confused during the first episode as they had no idea they could vote.

Who are the  couples?

Ella Thomas and Tyrqiue Hyde. 

Ruchee Gurun and Medhi Edno.

Andre Furtado and Catherine Agbaje. 

Mitchel Taylor and Molly Marsh. 

Jess Harding and George Fensom.

 

Fans caused a storm on social media as they complained the public was not informed to vote on the ITV2‘s show.

People took to Twitter reacting – as they claimed they had no actual opportunity to vote for the pairs.

One user said: ‘Who’s this public and when did we vote? #LoveIsland.’

Another one commented: ‘Were the public even aware they had the vote?? #LoveIsland.’

‘Am I the only one who wasn’t aware of the public vote? #LoveIsland,’ another user agreed.

Another viewer complained: ‘They’ve pulled this public vote shit again…pls WHICH PUBLIC DECIDED??? #loveisland.’

‘WHEN DID THIS PUBLIC VOTE HAPPEN #LoveIsland,’ wrote another one.

Confused: However some viewers admitted to being very confused during the first episode as they had no idea they could vote

Confused: However some viewers admitted to being very confused during the first episode as they had no idea they could vote

Clueless: People took to Twitter reacting - as they claimed they had no actual opportunity to vote for the pairs (pictured Jess and George)

Clueless: People took to Twitter reacting – as they claimed they had no actual opportunity to vote for the pairs (pictured Jess and George)

Ella admits she already knows one of the boys

Ella shocked fans as she admitted she already knew one of the boys in the villa.

Ella, 23, was coupled up with Tyrique, 24, who she said she had already met – but in an awkward twist he didn’t recognise her.

Viewers insisted that it was a good sign that an action-packed season lay ahead, as producers were already providing dramatic scenes in the first episode.

Taking to Twitter to share their excitement after the exchange, one viewer wrote: ‘We’ve met before’ yess drama alreadt lets goo.’

A second person commented: ‘Matching tattoos and two have already met?? Love Island have done their research this year.’

Another quizzed the possible motive behind it, and said: ‘Sorry watching Love Island and not poeple on here saying they’ve already met!?

‘Sorry what is ITV’s strategy on this??’

One other said: ‘Do you remember we met before’ drama before the second ad break already #LoveIsland.’ 

Awkward! Ella shocked fans as she admitted she already knew one of the boys in the villa

Awkward! Ella shocked fans as she admitted she already knew one of the boys in the villa

Oh no! Ella, 23, was coupled up with Tyrique , 24, who she said she had already met - but in an awkward twist he didn't recognise her

Oh no! Ella, 23, was coupled up with Tyrique , 24, who she said she had already met – but in an awkward twist he didn’t recognise her

Hunky Mitchel Taylor is ‘the twin’ of a former Islander 

Love Island viewers were left with a sense of déjà vu as the show returned for a brand new series on Monday.

Fans branded newbie Mitchel the ‘spitting image’ of former star Luca Bish, who appeared in last year’s show, as the hunky pair struck a remarkable resemblance. 

Both men sported ripped muscles and short dark hairstyles with fans convinced the duo may in fact be related.

Taking to Twitter one said:  ‘Sorry but Mitchel is Luca 2.0’.

While another agreed stating: ‘Mitchel is Luca 2.0, they are actually twins!’.

Viewers admit they are ALREADY annoyed with a certain phrase

There is already something getting on viewers’ nerves.

As fans watched the new arrivals enter the villa and couple up, there was something in particular that was grating on them.

The Islanders quizzed each other on their ‘type’, as boys and girls entered the villa at the same time for the first time ever.

But as they got into the swing of conversation, viewers at home were begging them to stop using a certain phrase.

Fans confessed they couldn’t stand the phrase ‘tall, dark and handsome’, which was being batted around during the first episode of the show.

Awks! As fans watched the new arrivals enter the villa and couple up, there was something in particular that was grating on them

Awks! As fans watched the new arrivals enter the villa and couple up, there was something in particular that was grating on them

One person said: ‘Let’s officially retired ‘tall dark handsome’ as the type.’

A second person waded in, and said: ‘Every contestant when asked their type ‘tall, dark and hansome.’

A third said: ‘Praying no one says they’re into guys who are… ‘tall… dark and handsome…’

Another said: ‘Tall. Dark. Handsome’ It’s enough.’

One other shared a meme which said ‘shut it down’, alongside the phrase. 

The phrase is commonly used the show, as contests use it as a go-to to describe their ideal type of partner.

It famously came up during the first winter series of the show, when Paige Turley admitted that she also likes a tall, dark and handsome man.

However she was mocked by viewers, who were aware that her ex-boyfriend was Lewis Capaldi, who is not particularly known for his ‘tall, dark, handsomeness’.

Tropical birds have been axed for new series 

Cheeky parrots: Fans were spitting feathers after discovering one of their favourite opening features has flown the nest, at least for the returning show's opening episode

Cheeky parrots: Fans were spitting feathers after discovering one of their favourite opening features has flown the nest, at least for the returning show’s opening episode

Fans were spitting feathers after discovering one of their favourite opening features has flown the nest, at least for the returning show’s opening episode.

The chatty pair of JustEat parrots from last year appeared to not be on the show anymore – as the delivery sponsor has now been replaced by online auction site Ebay.

But fans expressed their sadness as the cheeky duo won’t be featured on the ITV2‘s show anymore – which cheered them up with their quips and singing. 

Viewers quickly took to Twitter as they reacted to the news – unanimously agreeing they will miss the singing parrots.

One user commented: ‘The thing that’s disappointed me most about #LoveIsland so far is that the parrots aren’t back for the #JustEat ads.’

Upset: The chatty pair of JustEat parrots from last year appeared to not be on the show anymore - as the delivery sponsor has now been replaced by online auction site Ebay

Upset: The chatty pair of JustEat parrots from last year appeared to not be on the show anymore – as the delivery sponsor has now been replaced by online auction site Ebay

‘Petition to bring back the dancing parrots on love island adverts #LoveIsland,’ said another one.

‘Miss the parrots singing ‘can I pull you for a chat that’s where my head is at’ #Loveisland,’ a third commented.

‘JUSTICE FOR THE JUST EAT ANIMALS BRING ME BACK MY PARROTS #LoveIsland,’ another user agreed.

Another one wrote: ‘Noooo.. where are the #LoveIsland parrots?!! They made the countless ad breaks more bearable.. I liked singing along with the pair of them.’

Another one wondered the same: ‘errrrrrmmmmm where are the parrots????? where’s my bestie lloyd? what did you guys do?  #LoveIsland’

‘Ermmm.. WHERE is the just eat parrots – DID SOMEBODY SAY JUST EAT?!?! #LoveIsland,’ another user joined the conversation.

‘Missing the Parrots and the turtles that’s where I’m at so far #loveisland,’ penned another person.

Fans shocked by brutal twist minutes before the end 

Love Island viewers were left reeling as producers delivered a brutal twist moments before the end of the first episode of the tenth series of the reality show.

The first twist of the programme saw the boys and girls entering at the same time for the first time ever and then being coupled up by the voting public.

However shortly after getting settled in their pairs, the Islanders were in for another shock as they were given the option to ditch their new couple.

Host Maya Jama entered the villa and allowed the girls not entirely happy with their partners to nominate themselves as single.

Maya said: ‘Now, I know you didn’t choose your partners because the public did that for you. Sometimes you have to follow your heart which means you have to take a risk. Ask yourself this – are you happy or could you be happier? 

Bombshell! Love Island viewers were left reeling as producers delivered a brutal twist moments before the end of the first episode of the tenth series of the reality show

Bombshell! Love Island viewers were left reeling as producers delivered a brutal twist moments before the end of the first episode of the tenth series of the reality show

Twist and shout: Host Maya Jama entered the villa and allowed the girls not entirely happy with their partners to nominate themselves as single

Twist and shout: Host Maya Jama entered the villa and allowed the girls not entirely happy with their partners to nominate themselves as single

‘I have the ultimate dare for you! Girls, if you’re not sure you’re with the right person, I dare you to step forward now!’ 

Fans went wild for the shocking turn of events and took to Twitter to share their delight at the new addition to the show.

Viewers were all saying the same thing online, as they praised the first episode for its series of twists and turns.

One person said: ‘OMG!!! I am looooovinggg! Love Island tonight. Love love love. The twist and turns.’

A second said: ‘Okay the first episode was good, the first twist was twisting.’

Another person wrote: ‘That was a good episode and that twist.’

One other said: ‘Get grating boys! Liked the first episode and that twist.’

A different person penned: Decent first episode, love the cast, change ups and twists.’

Reaction: Viewers were all saying the same thing online, as they praised the first episode for its series of twists and turns

Reaction: Viewers were all saying the same thing online, as they praised the first episode for its series of twists and turns

Maya wows in three different looks 

Maya sent fans into a frenzy as she wows in three saucy enembles to host the brand new series.

The stunner, 28 looked incredible as she made her grand entrance by arriving to the villa on a yacht, before slipping into two more figure-hugging frocks.

She first displayed her jaw-dropping figure in a white sheer dress with a striped pattern, before slipping into a crochet dress followed by a royal blue cut-out number.

Taking to Twitter fans branded her the ‘best looking’ and said she beat every other singelton hands down. 

One said: ‘Maya Jama is literally the most stunning person!’.

Stunner: Maya Jama sent fans into a frenzy as she returned in yet another saucy enemble to host the brand new series of Love Island on Monday

Stunner: Maya Jama sent fans into a frenzy as she returned in yet another saucy enemble to host the brand new series of Love Island on Monday 

Incredible: The stunner, 28 looked incredible as she made her grand entrance by arriving to the villa on a yacht, before slipping into two more figure-hugging frocks

Sensational: She first displayed her jaw-dropping figure in a white sheer dress with a striped pattern, before slipping into a crochet dress followed by a royal blue cut-out number

Incredible: The stunner, 28 looked incredible as she made her grand entrance by arriving to the villa on a yacht, before slipping into two more figure-hugging frocks

With a second writing: ‘Maya Jama is absolutely STUNNING love love love her dress’.

And a third said: ‘One again Maya Jama is the best looking girl out of the lot of them’. 

Echoing the sentiment another viewer commented: ‘Maya Jama is so beautiful’ while another teased: ‘I would risk everything for Maya Jama’.

Maya’s first look featured a low-cut neckline while she added glamour with a daring red lip.

Styling her locks into loose waves, the beauty added to her look with a pair of gold hoop earrings. 

After arriving on land, Maya changed into another white dress with embroidered embellishment for her walk into the villa. 

She sizzled in the crochet dress with cut outs at her svelte waist and leaving little to the imagination.

Maya’s halterneck frock features a mesh floral embroidery that teases a hint of her jaw-dropping figure beneath.

Viewers react to the new contestants

One of the contestants has already struck a nerve with fans from the show.

As fans watched the new arrivals enter the villa and couple up, there was someone in particular that was grating at them.

At the beginning of the show, the Islanders quizzed each other on their ‘type’, as boys and girls entered the villa at the same time for the first time ever.

However, viewers at home were quick to take to Twitter to share their feelings about contestant Georgefrom Bedford.

Viewers from the show even joked about George’s luck when it come to female contestants disliking him in the villa.

Struck a nerve: One of the contestants has already struck a nerve with fans from the show

Struck a nerve: One of the contestants has already struck a nerve with fans from the show

One viewer tweeted ‘Jess hates George and she hasn’t even seen his tweets’.

While another quipped ‘George has been on my screen for less than 2 minutes and I already can’t stand him’.

Other viewers claimed that George is already ‘cancelled’ and said that him getting played ‘Serves him right’.

Another viewer also joked about how she would love Maya to do a shock-dumping twist on George during the first episode.

She tweeted ‘I’d love Maya to be like “Okay Medhi and George, you’re now single and you’re dumped from the island.’

Meanwhile, elsewhere on Twitter, viewers admitted their love for contestant Catherine Agbaje already and claimed they can’t wait to see more of her on the show.

One fan wrote ‘I need Catherine on my screen 24/7’.

While other viewers were quick to comment on how gorgeous the new contestant is.

Love! Meanwhile, elsewhere on Twitter, viewers admitted their love for contestant Catherine already and claimed they can't wait to see more of her on the show

Love! Meanwhile, elsewhere on Twitter, viewers admitted their love for contestant Catherine already and claimed they can’t wait to see more of her on the show

Another viewer added ‘Catherine’s face card is INSANE, likeeee???????’.

The angry tweets from viewers come after Women’s Aid recently called upon the producers of Love Island to investigate the allegations of ‘abusive’ behaviour by contestant George.

After George, who is one of ten new islanders taking part in the new series of the show, has had two of his ex-girlfriends accuse him of controlling and abusive behaviour.

The women’s organisation took to Twitter on Monday to share an article about George’s former partner Ebony Keeley saying she was left feeling suicidal after their relationship.

Alongside it, they wrote: ‘We hope the producers will be taking allegations of controlling behaviour seriously, and look into them as part of their due diligence before the #LoveIsland series begins.’

Not a fan: Viewers of the show were quick to take to Twitter to air their thoughts on George the latest contestant

Not a fan: Viewers of the show were quick to take to Twitter to air their thoughts on George the latest contestant

MEET THE ISLANDERS

Ruchee Gurung

NAMERuchee Gurung

AGE: 24

FROM: Sutton 

OCCUPATION: Beautician

WHY ENTER THE VILLA? I’m single and looking for love, and it’s the perfect opportunity for me to find someone. I’m a relationship kind of girl, but so far it’s not worked out for me.  

WHY DATE ME? I’m really caring, when I’m with someone I’m all about them. I’m also really loyal and love doing nice things for the people that are special to me. My love language is gift giving, so I’m a real giver when it comes to relationships

Tyrique Hyde

NAME: Tyrique Hyde

AGE: 24

FROM: Essex

OCCUPATION: Footballer 

WHAT WILL YOU BRING TO THE VILLA? I’ll bring vibes, confidence, good energy and honesty. I don’t sit on the fence, if I have an opinion I will speak up. I’m also not afraid to go after what I want 

CLAIM T0 FAME? Toby Aromolaran is one of my best friends, we grew up together and were in the same class at school 

Molly Marsh

Molly Marsh

NAME:  Molly Marsh

AGE: 24

FROM: Yorkshire 

OCCUPATION: Actress 

WHY LOVE ISLAND AND WHY NOW? I think it’s ideal timing and the perfect way to find someone. 

I don’t go out and party and I don’t use dating apps, I’m actually quite old-fashioned, so there’s no better way to meet someone than by going into a Villa in the sun with the potential ‘one’ in there.

George Fensom

George Fensom

 NAME: George Fensom

AGE: 24

FROM: Bedford

OCCUPATION: Business Development Executive

HOW WOULD YOUR FAMILY DESCRIBE YOU? I’m the first person to bring the vibe up, I’m always dancing, I’m always the one who wants to go out. My go-to dance move is what I call the Dad Dance, I’m gonna bring dad jokes and dad dancing to the Villa.’

Catherine Agbaje

NAME: Catherine Agbaje

AGE: 22

FROM: Dublin 

OCCUPATION: Commercial Real Estate Agent

HOW WOULD FAMILY AND FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU? Someone who is fun and a loving character. They know I have so much love to give. 

I’m always smiling, I’m always happy, I’m always laughing. You’ll always see me with a smile on my face.’

Mehdi Edno

Mehdi Edno

NAME: Mehdi Edno

AGE: 26

FROM: Bordeaux/London

OCCUPATION: Communications Manager/Model 

ARE YOU READY TO FIND THE ONE? Yes. I’ve been busy for the last few years with work, and doing my Masters degree but now I’m done with the busy schedule, and ready to find love. 

THREE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO HAVE IN A PARTNER?  Looks are important but they aren’t everything, a good sense of humour and someone who is outgoing and up for an adventure is what I’m looking for.

NAME: Ella Thomas

Ella Thomas

Ella Thomas

AGE: 23

FROM: Glasgow 

OCCUPATION: Model 

WHAT’S YOUR CLAIM TO FAME? I’ve been in a Headie One and Burna Burna Boy music video and I was once an extra in World War Z. I was 12 years old when I filmed it and got to meet Brad Pitt which was cool.

WHY SHOULD SOMEBODY DATE YOU? I’m the whole package, I know what I want in life and I’ve got a big heart. 

Mitchel Taylor

Mitchel Taylor

NAME: Mitchel Taylor

AGE: 26

FROM: Sheffield 

OCCUPATION: Gas engineer 

WHY SHOULD SOMEBODY DATE YOU? I thrive on being a gentleman. I’ll shower you with flowers, I’ll take you on dates, I’ll fill your bedside drawer with your favourite sweets and chocolate. I’ve been single, I’ve had my fun and now I want to settle down. 

WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? I’m just really picky. I’ve got to find the girl that I want to marry and have kids with. I’m nearly 27, I don’t want to play the field anymore, I want to find the one. 

Jess Harding

Jess Harding

NAME: Jess Harding

AGE: 22

FROM: London

OCCUPATION: Aesthetics Practitioner

WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? Because every boy is giving me the ick at the moment. I feel like it’s fate because I’m saving myself for Mr Right in the Villa!

WHAT GIVES YOU THE ICK? When a guy stunts for money, that’s an ick. Showing off all their designer clothes because most of the time they’re probably fake anyway! Another one is when a boy runs for the train and the train goes without him. Lunch Boxes also – just go to Tesco and get a meal deal! 

Andre Furtado

NAME: Andre Furtado

AGE: 21

FROM: Dudley 

OCCUPATION: Economics graduate and clothing brand entrepreneur

WHAT WILL YOU BRING TO THE VILLA? I’m charming, I’m going to bring good looks and some language lessons. I’m going to teach the other Islanders Portuguese, Spanish and a little bit of Creole. I think I’ve got every slice of the pie. 

DO YOU FALL IN LOVE QUICKLY? I would say I fall too quickly to be honest. When I look at beautiful ladies, before I’ve said hello to them I’ve already fallen in love. I’m already planning the wedding. 

 



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