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Love Island 2022: Start date, host and latest news

It's been a dramatic season to say the least!

Gemma Owen and Luca Bish on their final date in Love Island 2022
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Published: Friday, 29th July 2022 at 1:30 pm
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It's hard to believe that the 2022 series of Love Island kicked off eight weeks ago, with a line-up of unknown singles descending on the Mallorcan villa in the hopes of finding romance.

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Now, 50-something episodes later, there are just five couples remaining, all hoping to be crowned the 2022 Love Island winners.

With eight of the current islanders having been there from Day 1, we've had a long time to get to know the contestants – however, it'll be the couples who'll decide which of their friends will be the next people to leave the villa ahead of next week.

Those who make it through this elimination will hopefully get a visit from their families in the Meet the Parents episode, although unfortunately for football fans, Gemma Owen's dad Michael Owen has already said that it'll be his wife and not him appearing on the show.

Read on for everything you need to know about Love Island 2022 – or check out our guide on who has left and what time the show is on tonight.

Love Island 2022 start date

Davide cooks a signature dish on tonight's Love Island.
ITV

Love Island season 8 began on Monday 6th June on ITV2 and ITVHub at 9pm.

ITV announced the 2022 season's start date via Twitter on 24th May, with the show writing: "Here's your first hot date of the summer."

What time does Love Island start tonight?

Love Island airs on ITV2 at 9pm, and will air every day except Saturdays when a round-up of the best bits will be shown instead.

The show time might change throughout the series due to events and programming schedules. We will update you if there are any changes.

For more information on what time Love Island is on, visit our dedicated page.

How long is Love Island on for?

Episodes are usually around an hour long, however, can be longer during special moments in the series, such as recouplings, Casa Amor and final dates.

We'll let you know if there are any changes to the schedule.

When does Love Island finish?

Dami and Indiyah on their finale date in Love Island 2022
Dami and Indiyah on their final date in Love Island 2022 ITV

Love Island 2022 will air for eight weeks.

The date of the Love Island final has been confirmed, with the season ending on Monday 1st August.

Who stars in Love Island 2022?

Laura Whitmore on Love Island
Laura Whitmore ITV

ITV announced the starting Love Island 2022 line-up on Monday 30th May, just one week ahead of the new season beginning.

On Tuesday 7th June, two new bombshells were added to the line-up.

Below is a full list of all the contestants still in the competition:

The 2021 season saw a Love Island first as ITV recruited Casa Amor contestant from Tinder. Car salesman Harry Young revealed the unusual way he was cast ahead of his introduction to the series, saying: "Obviously, COVID then hit so I haven’t had the chance to date. It was through Tinder that I signed up. Over the past year it was easier to start off an initial conversation online because pubs and clubs were closed.”

Love Island also featured its first disabled contestant for the 2021 season. PE teacher Hugo Hammond, who has Talipes, which is where a baby has their feet pointed down and inwards at birth, took part in season 7.

ITV previously told us, however, that including gay contestants presented a logistical difficulty.

How to watch Love Island

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Adam and Paige in Love Island 2022 ITV

Love Island airs on ITV2 and is also available to stream and watch on catch-up on the ITV Hub.

All seven seasons of the UK version are available on the ITV Hub, and viewers can also watch Love Island Australia as well as various after shows.

For more on How to watch Love Island, see here.

Love Island 2022 trailer

ITV released the first teaser trailer for Love Island 2022 on Saturday 14th May, with Iain Stirling announcing the return of the dating competition next month.

Will there be a winter season of Love Island in 2022?

Paige and Finn
Love Island's Paige Turley and Finn Tapp won the winter season ITV

The first winter season of the show took place in January 2020, and saw Paige and Finn take home the £50,000 cash prize after spending weeks in the South African villa.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the series was cancelled for 2021 and the 2020 summer series was also scrapped.

We previously spoke to ITV commissioner Amanda Stavri, who revealed the network was still undecided on another winter series.

Speaking exclusively to RadioTimes.com, Stavri said: "We haven't made a decision yet. Now the focus is just on the summer and bringing it back at its best. And then we'll sort of go from there I think."

We'll be sure to keep you updated as soon as we know more.

Who won Love Island 2021?

Season 7 was won by Millie Court and Liam Reardon. They follow behind series six stars Paige and Finn, who won the first ever winter edition of the show.

Who hosts Love Island?

TV presenter Laura Whitmore has been the host of Love Island since January 2020, after taking over from the late Caroline Flack.

It's expected she'll reprise her role on the show next year, alongside her husband and Love Island narrator Iain Stirling.

Who is the Love Island narrator?

Comedian Iain Stirling has provided the voiceover for the ITV2 dating show since 2015. As well as being a comedian, Iain is a writer, television presenter, actor, narrator and Twitch streamer.

Love Island narrator Iain Stirling
Love Island narrator Iain Stirling Getty Images

Where is the Love Island villa?

For season 8, the show have set up camp in a brand new villa, located in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar.

This is the third villa the show has used since it launched in 2015.

All three villas are in keeping with the rustic Spanish style, with a splash of modernist colour inside.

The winter series took place in sunny South Africa.

For more information on where Love Island is filmed, see here.

Love Island new villa (ITV)
Love Island new villa (ITV)

Love Island app

Throughout the series, viewers will be asked to vote via the Love Island app. They can also keep up to date with the latest from the show and have access to Love Island merch, including the iconic Love Island water bottle, which has had a slight tweak for the 2022 series, with gold writing instead of pink.

Love Island podcast

Kem Cetinay
Kem Cetinay is one of the Love Island podcast hosts Getty Images

For those of you who just can't get enough of the show and need your daytime fix, you can keep up with all the villa shenanigans via the Love Island: Morning After podcast hosted by former contestants Kem Cetinay and Arielle Free.

The podcast returned for season 8, with the first episode taking place on Monday, 6th June. Episodes are expected to be released on a daily basis.

For anything else on the Love Island podcast, click the link.

New episodes of Love Island air at 9pm on ITV2 and the ITV Hub every day except Saturdays. Check out our Entertainment hub for all the latest news, or find something to watch tonight with our TV Guide.

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