Six weeks of sun, scandal and sizzling chemistry came to an end last night on ITV2, when the winners of this year’s Love Island were finally crowned.
After a tumultuous journey to the final, Max and Jess, who only recently became an official couple, were voted the winners of the dating show, beating long-running favourites Jon and Hannah.
In a final live twist (those chaps over at Love Island do like making things difficult for the islanders) Max and Jess were asked to choose between love and money to prove their dedication to each other. They were each given two envelopes containing the words love and money and asked to pick: if they both choose love, they would share the £50,000 prize money, if they both choose money neither would get the prize money and if one of them picked money they would keep the cash for themselves.
Thankfully love prevailed. “We were never going to take the money,” said Max, who had admitted earlier in the show that Jess “deserves to win this show more than anyone in here.”
Long-running favourites Jon and Hannah, who got together on the show’s opening episode, didn’t walk away with the cash, but they did seal the deal anyway, with Jon proposing to the woman who makes him feel like a rainbow in the series’ final episode. Talk about a whirlwind romance.
Rekindled lovers Luis and Cally claimed fourth place in last night’s live final, which was hosted by Caroline Flack, with Lauren and Josh taking third place.