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Love Island changes first recoupling rules and fans are confused

Davide Sanclimenti on episode two of Love Island UK 2022
(Image credit: ITV press centre)

The second episode of Love Island UK 2022 was off to a slow start, as new guy Davide Sanclimenti chatted to all the girls ahead of making his decision in the first recoupling of the season. But after he made his decision, viewers were left confused by what happened after the recoupling.

Warning: spoilers ahead!

As the only single guy in the villa, Davide got to pick who he wanted to couple with—and he picked none other than Michael Owen's daughter, Gemma Owen. As a result Liam, who was coupled up with Gemma, was left single. However, unlike other contestants in the past, he was allowed to stay. 

Last year's contestant Shannon Singh was in a very similar position but unlike Liam, she was shockingly evicted from the villa on day two when she was left single.

Gemma Owen and Davide Sanclimenti on episode two of Love Island UK 2022

(Image credit: ITV Press Centre)

Viewers at home were left confused at the double standard, with one writing on Twitter: "They give Liam the whole week to recouple but dumped Shannon out on second day last year #loveisland".

Another added: "#LoveIsland so they were in a hurry 2 kick of Shannon but liam’s still there?"

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However, others were happy that Liam is being given a few extra days to find himself a new match, especially with two new bombshells arriving in the villa.

"Can we make sure liam doesn’t go home #loveisland", one viewer wrote; while another added: "I could feel everyone in the uk rush to vote for Liam and David-ahh for the dates #LoveIsland".

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Let's see who the public pick for the dates with the two new bombshells... 

How to watch Love Island UK

Love Island is now underway on ITV2 and ITV Hub (opens in new tab), with new episodes airing every night.

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Mariana is Editor of My Imperfect Life. She has previously worked for titles including woman&home and Goodto. She was nominated for AOP Digital Journalist of the Year in 2020, and for New Digital Talent of the Year at the 2016 PPA Digital Awards. She’s mildly obsessed with reality TV (Love Island memes and Selling Sunset included) and spends far too much time checking her horoscope.