After weeks of intrigue, romance and one Miss Britain scandal, Love Island has crowned its winning couple – Nathan Massey and Cara De La Hoyde, who beat out second-placers Alex Bowen and Olivia Buckland to claim the £50,000 prize money on last night’s finale.
Claiming a massive 54% of the vote, the winning pair had entranced viewers over the show’s six-week runtime, and they quickly took to Twitter after the series ended to thank their fans.
There was only one spanner in the works – a twist that offered Cara the chance to take all the prize money rather than split it with her new beau – but the international circus performer was having none of it, describing the decision to share the prize as the “easiest” choice.
However, that’s far from the end for Love Island in the coming months. Next up a spin-off series called Love Island: Heading Home is planned for later this month (Sunday 17th July), when all the couple will be brought back to face each other in the UK, and then next year it’s been confirmed that the reality show will be back for a third run.
“Love Island has come back so strong this year, and become unmissable viewing, particularly with younger viewers, which is our focus on ITV2,” Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions Rosemary Newel said.
“As six weeks of hugely entertaining television come to a close, we’re delighted to be bringing the show back for a another run next year.”
Richard Cowles, Creative Director ITV Studios, added: “We can’t wait to do it all again next year and have already started the search for a brand new cast of singles looking for love.”
Endless love indeed – and if you’re interested, you can apply for the new series here.