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'Love Island' 2021 — release date, location, contestants and everything you need to know as the dating show returns

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Love Island 2021 is back! (Image credit: ITV)

Love Island 2021 finally made its triumphant return to ITV2 on Monday 28th June after the hit dating show was forcibly scrapped last year due to the pandemic.

ITV's official statement reads: "Love Island returns for its seventh sizzling series, as a host of new singletons seek to find their perfect match. Returning to ITV2, the Islanders must do their best to flirt, date, couple up and try and avoid being ‘dumped’. With new arrivals, heads may turn, while others will prove their true feelings.

"From romance and heart-to-hearts to betrayal and broken hearts, there’s never a dull moment in this ultimate search for love."

Here's everything you need to know about Love Island 2021!

Love Island 2021 release date

Love Island 2021 started on Monday 28th June at 9pm on ITV2. Episodes air every night (except Saturdays) at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub. You can also watch the latest episodes ad-free on BritBox the following morning if you need to catch up! 

What's happened in Love Island 2021 so far?

Love Island 2021: Week One

The first week of Love Island was filled to the brim with drama! Three of the first five boys tried their luck with Faye Winter as the first couples formed. On their first evening together, the islanders spent the rest of the day getting to know each other, with some cheeky dares thrown in the evening to spice things up (including Jake’s now-infamous filming incident). 

When Chloe Burrows arrived that evening, all the boys went to greet her on a group date, but she chose to couple up with Aaron Francis and sent Shannon Singh packing as the first person dumped from the villa. 

Shannon Singh leaving the Love Island villa.

Shannon left the villa after just 48 hours. (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Things really started to hot up as the first week came to a close! Newcomers Chuggs Wallis and Liam Reardon spent their first day trying to get to know the other girls after their dates with Sharon and Faye, and the girls chose their new partners at the first round of recoupling at the fire pit. 

Brad McClelland and Chuggs Wallis were left single, but in a final shock twist they had just 24 hours to try and win the heart of the newest bombshell, Rachel Finni!  

Sunday’s episode of Love Island 2021 followed Rachel as she tried to work out who she wanted to choose, but the episode ended on a cliffhanger, despite devoting a fair amount of time to the “Undercover Lover” challenge! 

Elsewhere, Jake admitted he would be open to having his head turned by another girl, and Toby said he wasn’t sure if he was ready to give Kaz what she wanted in their relationship!

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Love Island 2021: Week 2

Chuggs Wallis was the second person dumped from the island, and new bombshell Rachel Finni coupled up with Brad. The islanders then voted to send Jake and Liberty to The Hideaway for an intimate night away from the others!

The cracks then started to show between several couples in the villa, and this was worsened by an argument between Hugo, Faye and Sharon during a game of confessions! Then, the girls were sent off for a boozy brunch, which caused a fair bit of jealousy among the lads... until two new bombshells arrived in the villa! 

Love Island - The boys meet new girls Millie and Lucinda

The boys took a selfie with Millie and Lucinda to tease the girls. (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Millie and Lucinda settled in very quickly, and were then given the chance to pick three lads each to prepare a romantic dinner for them. After he cooked for Lucinda, Aaron decided to pull Sharon for a chat and broke up with her, as he felt they had very different plans for the future!

On Friday, there was then trouble for Kaz and Toby, as Chloe admitted she fancied him, and the pair shared quite the kiss during the “Line of Booty” challenge, and Toby eventually worked up the courage to come clean to Kaz about wanting to pursue things with Chloe. The week then ended by teasing the entrance of Teddy Soares!

Love Island 2021 - Aaron calls it quits with Sharon

Aaron and Sharon are the first couple to have a proper break-up this series 7 (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Love Island 2021: Week 3

Teddy Soares made his debut, taking Kaz, Rachel, Faye and Sharon on dates, and then after properly setting foot in the villa, he spent loads of time getting to know the girls. He made a big splash and shook some of the boys up, just before they got to choose their next partner in the third round of recoupling. Brad was responsible for Rachel Finni's departure, as he chose to couple up just a few short days after he had been wowed by Rachel's arrival.

Karma came back to bite Brad, though! He was the fourth dumped islander after he and Lucinda received the fewest votes on the Love Island app. This left them as the "least compatible” couple in the villa, and forced the two of them to decided who would be going home. As Lucinda had only just settled in, Brad let her stay and headed back to Northumberland.

After the boys won the “Stags vs Hens” challenge, they were rewarded with a brand new bombshell, AJ Bunker. AJ got straight to work getting to know the boys, and was swiftly followed by the newest addition to the villa, Danny Bibby, who took Kaz and Sharon on dates when he first arrived, and the week closed by teasing the next recoupling!

Lucinda Strafford from Love Island 2021

Lucinda was devastated that Brad would be leaving the villa. (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Love Island 2021: Week Four 

Week 4 began with the latest recoupling, and Sharon became the latest islander dumped as AJ stole her friendship couple safety net away when she chose to couple up with Hugo! Aaron then ruffled Danny’s feathers fiercely as he went to kiss Lucinda right in front of him just after the recoupling!

Danny didn’t take too kindly to this, challenging Aaron for having a lack of respect. After things calmed down a little bit, the islanders took part in the “Cat-titude” challenge, which saw the girls dressing up as kittens and flirting with the boys who they had to strap into a giant mousetrap.

This challenge saw AJ and Hugo sharing a very steamy snog, and Aaron was stunned by how much Kaz went for it during the challenge. In the Beach Hut, he seemed lost for words when he had to explain how he thought the challenge went... could there be some feelings there?

Danny and Lucinda Love Island 2021

Danny is not happy that Aaron and Lucinda also seem to be getting to know each other... (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Last night, Chloe and Toby were selected as the third couple to enter The Hideaway, and then the islanders had a debrief about some of the drama going on in the villa before they played "Snog, Marry, Pie".

The biggest drama during the challenge definitely came from the love triangle between Aaron, Danny and Lucinda. Aaron opted to kiss Lucinda, and then Danny decided to snub her and snog AJ in the challenge, ignoring Lucinda entirely. 

She then went "back for seconds" and kissed Aaron again. That evening, Danny and Lucinda decided to cool things off. Soon after, Aaron made his move on Lucinda, and Danny pulled AJ to let her know he was interested in getting to know her. 

The episode ended by teasing a new public vote for the most popular male and female islanders; those who received the fewest votes would be left at risk of being dumped!

The six contestants who received the fewest votes for "most popular islander" were Danny, Lucinda, AJ, Chloe, Toby and Teddy. After they were revealed, the other islanders had to choose which two to send home themselves, and they opted to send Danny and AJ home.

Love Island 2021 - Danny and AJ

Danny started flirting with AJ, but they didn't get to spend much time together at all. (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Following that climactic vote, the villa was disrupted that same evening by the arrival of three new islanders: Georgia Townend, Abigail Rawlings, and Tyler Cruickshank. 

Tyler hit it off with Kaz basically from the moment he walked in the door, and Georgia professed that she was only interested in getting to know Hugo, but Hugo rebuffed her advances shortly after that.

Meanwhile, Abigail said she had her eyes on Toby, and she started pulling him for multiple private chats where she encouraged him to leave Chloe and couple up with her instead. Chloe wasn't blind to her plan, though, and this led to a very heated argument between them on Thursday night.

The episode finished with another recoupling. Most of the new couples weren't a surprise, but Toby made his choice and picked Abigail over Chloe. Hugo opted to recouple with Chloe and send Georgia home, but not before he gave a pretty heated speech about how poorly he thought Toby had treated Chloe over the past 24 hours!

Love Island 2021 - Millie reacts to Hugo's speech

Hugo's speech shocked everyone in the villa, especially Millie! (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Who's in the Love Island villa now?

Here are the current contestants in Love Island 2021. Will we be adding any of them to our Love Island winners list

Liberty Poole 

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Love Island contestant Liberty Poole. (Image credit: ITV)

The second contestant was revealed to be Liberty Poole, a 21-year-old waitress and marketing student from Birmingham. 

Speaking about her decision to join the series, she said: "I've never had that nice, happy relationship so I think it will be nice and something for me to experience. Obviously I want the best summer ever because we have been in lockdown for a year so it would be nice to go away and enjoy the sun and make friends as well. I’m excited, I’m a bit of a social butterfly so I love to meet new people. I’m a girls’ girl as well so I can’t wait for the girly friendships. It’s going to be fun!"

Aaron Francis

Love Island Aaron Francis

Love Island contestant Aaron Francis. (Image credit: ITV)

Aaron Francis, a 24-year-old Luxury Events Host from London will also be entering the villa this series. He said: "I’ve been single for about six or seven months and the dating world at the moment is a little bit off. Everyone’s wearing masks. You can’t really see anyone which makes dating a lot harder. I do prefer relationships than dating.

Hugo Hammond

Love Island Hugo Hammond

Love Island contestant Hugo Hammond. (Image credit: ITV)

Hugo Hammond is a 24-year-old PE teacher from Hampshire. He told ITV: "I've been single for a while now. With the current climate, it’s been really hard to get back into dating. I saw it as an opportunity to have an amazing fun summer and put myself back out there."

Jake Cornish 

Love Island Jake Cornish

Love Island contestant Jake Cornish. (Image credit: ITV)

24-year-old Water Engineer Jake Cornish from Weston-super-Mare will also be joining the line-up, revealing: "I was in a relationship for seven years and then when lockdown hit, I was single. The opportunity is there, you might as well take it by the horns and go for it."

Kaz Kamwi

Kaz Kamwi Love Island

Love Island contestant Kaz Kamwi. (Image credit: ITV)

26-year-old Essex based fashion blogger Kaz Kamwi may have finally found her match with one of the lads. When she was first revealed as one of the contestants, she said: "I like meeting new people, I’m ready to be in a relationship. Why not be in a place where people are looking for the same things as me?"

Chloe Burrows

Love Island Chloe Burrows

Love Island contestant Chloe Burrows. (Image credit: ITV)

25-year-old marketing executive Chloe Burrows from Bicester is joining the villa due to a string of complicated relationships. She said: "I’ve been in awful ‘situationships’ and stuff so I just thought, why not?!"

Toby Aromolaran

Love Island Toby Aromolaran

Love Island contestant Toby Aromolaran. (Image credit: ITV)

Toby Aromolaran is a 22-year-old Semi-Pro Footballer who hails from Essex, and is looking for love this series. He admitted: "I’ve never been in a relationship. I thought, ‘If Love Island can’t find me a relationship then no one can’."

Faye Winter 

Love Island Faye Winter

Love Island contestant Faye Winter. (Image credit: ITV)

Lettings Manager, 26-year-old Faye Winter, is from Devon and thought she'd try her hand at Love Island. She said: "In the last year we haven’t been able to experience anything. I’m open to anything. The opportunity came up so why wouldn’t I? I’d love to meet somebody, what better way to meet somebody than in the sun - amazing."

Liam Reardon

Liam Reardon from Love Island 2021

Liam is the first Welsh islander to enter the villa this year! (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Liam Reardon is a 21-year-old bricklayer from Wales and was most excited to meet new people when he first landed. Liam said: "Meeting people - I love meeting people. I do seasons in Ibiza, every day you're meeting someone new. I was a host of a beach club. So making friends and finding someone I'm actually attracted to." 

Lucinda Strafford

Lucinda Strafford from Love Island 2021

Lucinda is a brand-new entrant to the villa! (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Lucinda Strafford is one of two girls who entered the villa on Tuesday, 6th July. She's a 21-year-old online fashion boutique owner from Brighton, and has her eye on a few of the lads already! She describes herself as "a relationship type of girl" and has already taken a liking to Brad and Liam ahead of her first appearance in the villa.

Millie Court

Millie Court from Love Island 2021

Millie is hoping to find her perfect match in the villa. (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Millie Court debuted alongside Lucinda on Tuesday, 6th July. She's a 24-year-old fashion buyer's administrator from Essex who has decided to enter the villa to search for "the one"! She said "I've never done anything like this before. I just want to throw myself into it and have fun with it".

Teddy Soares

Teddy Soares from Love Island 2021

Teddy Soares impressed on his first day after taking four girls on dates. (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Teddy Soares is a 26-year-old senior financial consultant from Manchester, and he said he's joined the villa to look for something serious! When asked why he signed up, he said: "I think I'm ready for love now. Law of attraction is probably what I believe in, so being in the villa is part of that thought process."

Abigail Rawlings

Abigail Rawlings - Love Island 2021 contestant

Abigail is a 27-year-old tattoo artist who lives in Bournemouth. (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Abigail Rawlings arrived in week four as one of three bombshells who entered the villa just after Danny and AJ were sent home by the other islanders. Before she arrived, she said she was heading into the villa specifically to find love. She said: "I'm here for a relationship. I'm not scared of commitment at all. I seem to enjoy life more when I'm with someone, someone to do stuff with." 

Tyler Cruickshank

Tyler Cruickshank - Love Island 2021 Contestant

Tyler is a real estate agent from Croydon. (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Tyler Cruickshank entered the villa alongside Abigail and Georgia Townend. The 26-year-old said he had his eye on Kaz when he was heading into the villa. As for why he signed up, he said: "I'm single and still looking for someone. I've been single for about three years I would say. I kind of miss having somewhere there. 

Salma Naran

Salma Naran Love Island UK 2021

Salma is a model and influencer from Dublin, Ireland. (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Salma Naran is the first of six girls announced for Casa Amor. Talking about signing up, she said: "I’ve never been in love. What better place to have tunnel vision and really [try] finding your one? It’s the perfect atmosphere, you don’t have the outside world distractions. 

"It looks like time moves fast in there in a good way—it’s like, do you actually like me or not? In the real world it’s so wishy-washy. With this, it’s just, you need to know."

Mary Bedford

Mary Bedford - Love Island 2021 Contestant

Mary is a 22-year-old model from Wakefield. (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Mary Bedford is the second girl heading into Casa Amor. She's a 22-year old model who is ready to find love going into the villa. She said she wanted to sign up for Love Island 2021 because: "I have the worst luck, ever, with boys. Genuinely the worst ever. I always get dragged into the same circle of boys. So I was like, I need to go in another direction."

Amy Day

Amy Day - Love Island 2021 contestant

Amy is a performer from Surrey. (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Amy Day is the third girl heading into Casa Amor. She comes from a family of West End performers and she's a singer, dancer and actress herself! When she was talking about her love life, she said: "I'm clearly not very good at dating myself. I'm looking forward to the experience and the potential of finding someone I might not have met."

Kaila Troy

Kaila Troy - Love Island 2021 Contestant

Kaila is a 28-year-old DJ from Ireland. (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Kaila Troy is also heading in as part of Casa Amor, but she's already used to travelling as she's an international DJ from Dublin, Ireland. She joined Love Island because she's fed up with dating. She said: "Real life dating has not been doing me any favours at all. I've had it."

Clarisse Juliette

Clarisse Juliette - Love Island 2021 Contestant

Clarisse owns a jewellery brand and is an influencer. (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Clarisse Juliette, 23, is a jewellery brand owner and influencer from London. She said she signed up for Love Island 2021 because: "I'm bored of hugging my pillow... it's time to find a boyfriend. I feel like guys are coming in here to actually find a girlfriend as well."

Lillie Haynes

Lillie Haynes - Love Island 2021 Contestant

Lillie is a trainee accountant who wants to meet loads of different people in the villa. (Image credit: Lifted Entertainment / ITV)

Lillie Haynes was the last girl revealed for Casa Amor this year. She's a 22-year-old trainee accountant from South Shields, and she's heading into the villa to "meet loads of different people that I wouldn't normally come across and date them all essentially and then pick who I like from that bunch, rather than sticking with one and rolling with that."

Love Island location - where will the series be filmed? 

Love Island is set to be filmed in its usual location of Mallorca. Contestants will stay in a luxurious villa on the outskirts of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, and there'll be a special Covid secure set to ensure everyone's following appropriate guidelines. 

Teasers have been released to give fans a first look at the 2021 villa, as well as the contestants in action. The villa looks like a perfect getaway, and fans on social media are already excited to see more!

Who will host Love Island 2021?

Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling

Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Laura Whitmore is expected to host the new series, following a successful run on the show's winter edition. She will join her boyfriend Iain Stirling, who provides the voiceover for the dating show.

Love Island new series trailer

ITV has released a promo for Love Island, a lighthearted teaser which sees members of the public getting very excited for the upcoming series. There's plenty of summer vibes, with everyone wearing swimsuits, pulling suitcases, and well and truly welcoming the start of summer. 

Laura Whitmore also stars, sounding the alarm for the highly anticipated return, alongside voice over Iain Stirling who exclaims "This is not a drill!" before revealing it's coming "this June". Not long to wait...