The first couples of ITV's popular dating show have been revealed after Love Island introduced a major twist. 

ITV viewers look set for a summer of the same muggy behaviour and jaw-dropping twists that we've come to expect from the reality dating series. 

For the show's eighth series, we have also been treated to a brand new villa and a new batch of singletons. 

As always, the show's producers had a few tricks up their sleeves with a shake-up on how the islanders get coupled up and a smoking hot bombshell to drop too.

The Northern Echo: Laura Whittmore. Credit: ITVLaura Whittmore. Credit: ITV

Love Island's major change leads to first couples of the series

In tonight's episode, the new contestants entered the villa for the first time, ready for a summer of love. 

The girls including Paige, Indiyah, Tasha, Amber and Gemma met each other, and explored the villa before Laura Whitmore dropped a major twist on them.

Just as the girls lined up in front of the pool for the boys to arrive, Laura announced a jaw-dropping surprise: “Well girls, it’s time to couple up. There is something I haven’t told you yet - things are a little different this year.

“You thought you’d all be stepping forward for the boys you fancy the most. However, this is Love Island and you never know what to expect. For the first time ever, we asked the public to play cupid and pick the boy they thought you should couple up with.” 

Tasha says: “I trust the public, I trust them.”

The Northern Echo: Love Island girls: Amber, Indiyah, Tasha, Amber and Gemma. Credit: ITVLove Island girls: Amber, Indiyah, Tasha, Amber and Gemma. Credit: ITV

First Love Island couples of 2022 series 

  • Paige Thorne and Luca Bish
  • Indiyah Polack and Ikenna Ekwonna
  • Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page
  • Amber Beckford and Dami Hope
  • Gemma Owen and Liam Llewellyn

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First Love Island bombshell Davide Sanclimenti

The Northern Echo: Davide Sanclimenti. Credit: ITVDavide Sanclimenti. Credit: ITV

Love Island fans know that the first episode is always chock full of gossip and twists and it looks like this year will be no exception.

Despite the new Islanders all being coupled up and starting to get to know each other towards the end of the first day, the drama wasn't over yet.

Italian Stallion Davide Sanclimenti entered the villa and he is set to ruffle a few feathers.

Speaking in the Beach Hut about Davide’s arrival, Indiyah says: “When I saw him, I was very confused because I had no warning but he is very good looking!” 

Gemma says: “I was blown away.”

Tasha gushes: “Straight away I was like, ‘Wow. Fit. Hot. Sexy. Hercules’.”

Paige adds: “I’m done. I’m ready to get married. I’m ready to have babies.” 

Talking about the reaction from the girls, Davide says: “When I walked into the Villa, I saw all the girls and I’m really impressed, I’m not going to lie.”

The new arrival hasn't gone down well with everyone and it looks like Davide's entrance has caused a stir among the boys. 

Speaking in the Beach Hut, Luca said: “Davide! I was thinking I’m the good-looking Italian here and then you’ve sent that geezer through the door.”

After the first challenge of the season- a game of dares - Davide received a shocking text which read: “Davide, in 24 hours you will couple up with a girl of your choice, leaving one boy single and vulnerable #italiansnack #ciaobella”.

Love Island 2022 cast: Meet the Islanders

Here are the 11 islanders that have ITV has confirmed to be joining this years series:

Get to know the new islanders and check out their social medias ahead of the new show in our explainer here.

Love Island continues on Tuesday, June 7 at 9 pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub