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How to watch Love Island 2022 in the UK, US and abroad: New bombshell breaks up happy couple

Emma Sims Matt Reed
30 Jun 2022

Everything you need to know about Love Island Season 8, including bombshell arrivals and where to watch

Season 8 of Love Island is in full swing after its return to screens on Monday 6 June, with dates, disses and drama aplenty. From self-proclaimed 'Italian snack' Davide to daughter-of-football-legend-Michael, Gemma Owen, there's been enough turned heads to keep Twitter ablaze with memes. 

You can watch every episode of Love Island 2022 (including all seven previous seasons) for free because the show is available to watch on free-to-air channel ITV. If you're abroad, you can simply use a good VPN service (like ExpressVPN) to watch Love Island from wherever you are.

The latest dramatic twists and turns from the neon-hued villa occured on Wednesday night (29 July) when it was time for the islanders to recouple once again. The stunning story of the night - spoiler alert - was Danica's coupling with Jay, despite his rejection earlier that episode.

Danica, 21, has had a somewhat rocky time searching for love thus far, with that continuing as she set her sights on Andrew, 27, on Tuesday's (28 July) episode - only for him to reject any possibility of getting to know her further on Wednesday and putting that potential relationship to an immediate halt.

After that, Danica - who has kept her options largely open since arriving in the villa - pulled Jay, 28, for a chat about her interest in him. "If I'm honest, you were in my top three when I first came in, lookswise, so it's not like I'd be completely closed off to being in a couple with yourself," she said. Unfortunately for Danica, her words weren't met with warmth once again, as Jay - who has been exploring the romantic potential between himself and Antigoni - said he didn't feel the same way, citing the age-gap as potential problem.

The recoupling would come that evening, and began with all the expected partnerships re-confirming their couple status; Gemma, Indiyah, Tasha and Paige all sticking with Luca, Dami, Andrew and Jacques respectively. Next up, having mulled over the decision during the episode, Ekin-Su decided to get back together with former flame Davide, who later said he was happy with her decision but needed to see some changes in her behaviour for it to last.

The penultimate turn fell to Danica, who surprised the group by picking Jay. This left Antigoni to chose Charlie. 

While the islanders appeared to be shocked, many viewers understood the situation Danica found herself in, with one Twitter user asking "what else was she really supposed to do."

All this leaves much of the drama to be resolved on Thursday night's episode (30 July) as the season nears the end of its fourth week, with Casa Amor reportedly looming in the fifth.

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Love Island 2022: Are there any changes announced for Love Island 2022?

The biggest shakeup for Love Island 2022 is the demise of the show’s much-loved Mallorcan villa. Unavailable this year, the Sant Llorenç des Cardassar pad will be replaced by another property for the islanders to find love in, with lots of nooks and crannies into which contestants can ‘pull each other for a chat’ (that’s Love Island speak for profess their romantic interest or end a budding romance). Don’t fear though, the quintessential Love Island look (think neon cursive, a suitably dramatic fire pit, and white furniture galore) is said to be staying. And the summer season’s home will still be Mallora, with its craggy coastline and crystal clear shallows (oh, how we’ve missed those sweeping drone shots).

Another area that’s rumoured to be getting a spruce-up is the gym, with talk of a brand new, beefed-up workout zone for ultimate peacocking. Some of the best one-liners on the show are uttered by love interests mooning over their crushes’ workout routines from afar, so we’re excited to see what this new dynamic will bring.

With the promotion of physical wellbeing comes that of mental wellbeing. The show is upholding its commitment to the duty of care it formally established last year: namely, eight therapy sessions on how to cope with the fame that the show catapults young people into (and its accompanying downsides) as part of a program of ‘comprehensive psychological support’. Nor are ties severed after contestants have lugged their suitcases down the villa’s driveway; the show’s producers have mandated ‘proactive contact’ with islanders a hefty 14 months after the summer season ends.

Love Island has upped the ante on social media too, rebranding as ‘The OGs of love’ on Twitter (@LoveIsland), with the bio reading assertively ‘We own love’. The account has been teasing fans with a drip feed of animated videos, with meatier trailers expected shortly. Love Island is the show that launched a thousand commentary accounts, so be sure to keep an eye on Twitter when the show airs for all the drama, hot takes and memeable moments.

Finally, the show has confirmed the gracious Laura Whitmore will be returning to host the eight season of Love Island. Cries for former Radio 1 DJ Maya Jama to have a stint as presenter are yet to be heeded (perhaps something to do with the media personality’s rumoured engagement to Australian NBA star Ben Simmons). Watch this space, though.

Love Island 2022: Meet the contestants 

In the run-up to a new Love Island season, this is as big as it gets: ITV has revealed the first three contestants for Love Island Season 8, a week ahead of the new season’s debut. Here’s everything you need to know about the first two hopefuls to grace the (new) Mallorcan villa.

First up is 24-year-old Paige Thorne, a paramedic hailing from Swansea. Paige, who shares a name with 2020 Love Island winner Paige Turley (good omen, perhaps?), is currently preparing for the show’s 6 June debut, in which contestants must ‘couple up’ for the first time in a gruelling succession of recouplings. The Wales-based paramedic is dissatisfied with the dating scene in her native Swansea, and hoping the villa – replete with cheeky chappies – will yield her better results.

Meanwhile, it’s a big year for STEM in the Love Island villa, as the second contestant for this season has been revealed as senior microbiologist Dami Hope. The 26-year-old from Dublin is hoping to meet his love match in the Mallorcan sunshine.

Finally is Londoner Indiyah Polack, who works as a hotel waitress (how long ‘til someone croons Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me’ at her – ‘you were working as a waitress in a hotel bar’ – do you reckon?) The 23-year-old is no stranger to fame, with 110k Instagram followers and a modelling CV that boasts brands such as Boohoo and Lounge.

Love Island’s Twitter account is drip-feeding more contestants in the run-up to the June 6 premiere, so be sure to watch this space for more big reveals.

How to watch Love Island 2022 in the UK: ITV2 and ITV Hub

You can watch all the drama of Love Island 2022 as it happens - from the OGs entering the villa to the grand finale where one couple shared the £50,000 grand prize – live on ITV2. But what’s fantastic is you don't necessarily need a TV to do this.

Those without a TV subscription could watch live broadcasts or re-runs of the show on the ITV Hub website or via the ITV Hub app, available for free on both Android and iOS.

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How to watch Love Island 2022 in the US or anywhere else abroad: use a good VPN service

The best way to watch ITV’s hit reality TV show from outside the UK is to use a good VPN service. While there are a ton of different VPN services, not all of them will let you watch Love Island abroad, so we've chosen the best two for the job.

A good VPN service will not only let you access UK streaming sites (like ITV’s free ITV Hub website) abroad, but it will also shield all your browsing data from everyone; this includes both your ISP and hackers who target vulnerable accounts.

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ExpressVPN: Among all the VPN services we’ve tested, ExpressVPN was our favourite for streaming and bypassing the pesky geo-blocking streaming services use. Its useful 24/7 customer support will rectify any setup or connection issues that you have and a single account subscription covers five devices. You also get a 30-day no-questions-asked money back guarantee if you’re unhappy with the service for any reason. And since watching Love Island via the ITV Hub is free, the total package won’t be much either since you can currently get a 49% discount on ExpressVPN by following the link below.

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NordVPN: In terms of the complete package, NordVPN stood out from the rest of the competition. With 24/7 support, a thirty-day money back guarantee, a beautiful interface and fast streaming performance, there isn’t anything more you could need to stream Love Island or do any online activity you wish. It's also been independently audited to prove that the company is not recording any of your data so you can have complete peace of mind while on the web.

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Who will host Love Island 2022?

Laura Whitmore

Laura Whitmore will return to present the eighth series of ITV2s hit show as it returns to the island of Mallorca. There had been rumours that the ever-rising Maya Jama would take over hosting duties, but ITV have confirmed Whitmore will be appearing throughout the show as host once again – including to introduce new islanders and for any dramatic dumpings. This will be Whitmore’s second summer series following the 2021 edition, where she took over the reins following the death of her friend and colleague Caroline Flack.

Whitmore is likely to continue her hosting duties on the spin-off show Love Island: Aftersun every Sunday, where she interviews the latest celebrities to leave the villa, and other familiar celeb faces. She says part of what makes the show successful is the contestants’ feelings, “everything from unrequited love to getting ‘pied off’”. The stunning Irish Whitmore has earlier stated that the best part of Love Island is the lifelong relationships that people form.

Love Island 2022 contestants

While we are desperate to find out, this year’s select group of islanders are yet to be announced to the general public. It’s expected that we should know a few days before the series begins on Monday 6 June, perhaps by the end of May. We’ll update this page as and when we know who will be going into the villa.

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