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Love Island 2022 — everything we know so far

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Here's what we know about the latest season of Love Island right now. (Image credit: ITV)

Love Island 2022 will see the hugely popular ITV2 dating show returning for its eighth series, and it's going to be back on our TV screens again this June! 

That means we'll be seeing a brand new bunch of singletons leaving the country behind to chase love (and a huge cash prize) in Mallorca in a brand new villa. 

Love Island 2022 is bound to be full of even more hilarious challenges, dramatic recouplings and plenty more shock dumpings when the next batch of islanders jets off for their summer of love. 

We've started hearing some exciting rumors about the show, including the first batch of potential islanders. Plus, promos are starting to turn up, so we hope to see news about series 8 ramping up before long.

Here's everything we know about Love Island 2022 so far...

Love Island 2022 start date

Although we don't have an exact release date from ITV just, we know that Love Island is returning this June. When we get a more precise date, we'll be sure to update this guide again!

Love Island 2021 began on Monday, June 28 and ran for eight weeks, with the final airing on Monday, August 23,. However, this was a slightly later start than usual, meaning we expect Love Island 2022 will debut on ITV2 and ITV Hub in early June.

On April 8, The Sun reported that Love Island 2022 would be coming back to ITV on Monday, June 6; in that report, an insider claimed that we'd start seeing promotional ads for the new series in a matter of weeks. 

That insider wasn't far wrong, since we have now seen the first promotional material for Love Island season 8 cropped up in early May.

ITV has also revealed that the latest series will also run for eight weeks, putting to rest any rumors that we were in for a longer series this time around. 

Is there a trailer for Love Island 2022?

Earlier this month, we were treated to two short promos for the upcoming season of Love Island, and we've now seen a full-length version of the promo as it aired on ITV before Britain's Got Talent on Saturday, May 14. 

Featuring the iconic voice of Iain Sterling, the teaser sees ITV proclaiming "love is ours" and pokes fun at some of the many dating shows that have cropped up over the years. 

Check it out below:

Hopefully, this new trailer means we could well be seeing a proper trailer or even cast announcements before much longer; June isn't far away now! 

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Who are the Love Island 2022 contestants? 

The first batch of islanders from series 7 was revealed on June 21, 2021, just one week out from the start of the series. This suggests we shouldn't expect to see the confirmed lineup for a little bit longer.

The lack of an official lineup hasn't stopped the rumor mill, though, as there are already a handful of names being tossed around.

The Sun reported that Turkish actress and influencer Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu is being "lined up" as one of the potential islanders. Their source said: "Ekin-Su is the perfect contestant to get viewers tuning in this summer. Not only is she beautiful, but she's also used to being on TV and moves in showbiz circles so she's sure to bring fireworks".

Brad McDermott is also in the mix as a possible islander. He's the brother of former Love Island contestant, Zara McDermott, who took part in season 4.

The third rumored contestant is Sophie Draper. Sophie is a beauty salon owner from Nottingham, who had previously dated Aston Villa footballer, Matty Cash for four years.

The show is also said to be looking to bring in Joshua Legrove. Joshua is a boxer and a model from A TV insider told The Sun that Love Island bosses are "hoping he'll follow in the footsteps of boxer Tommy Fury, who was a huge hit."

The fifth potential islander is basketballer Jordan Spencer. Jordan has spent most of his professional career with the London Lions.

Additionally, it has been teased that Gemma Owen, daughter of football legend Michael Owen (who appeared in the latest series of The Masked Singer UK) could be heading to Mallorca for the summer.

The latest rumor suggests that we could be seeing Newcastle-born model Kat Harrison heading into the villa. Kat counts Geordie Shore star Marty McKenna among her exes, and The Sun reported that the bosses consider her the "full package".

Who will host Love Island 2022?

After she hosted both the main show and Love Island: Aftersun last year, we'd expect to see Laura Whitmore returning to host all the action inside the villa. Love Island also wouldn't be the same without her husband Iain Sterling's iconic voiceovers. 

Since Iain could be heard in the latest promotional material for the new series and the new promo features a pair of Love Island water bottles with the names Laura and Iain written on them, it's pretty clear the duo are here to stay!  

Iain Sterling and Laura Whitmore

Iain Sterling and Laura Whitmore at ITV Palooza! in 2021. (Image credit: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Where will Love Island 2022 be filmed?

Although we thought the current villa on the outskirts of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar in Mallorca would be the location for the new series, we now know that the producers were searching for a brand new villa for Love Island 2022.

On Monday, Jan. 31, The Sun reported that the Love Island bosses were considering a variety of options around the island in an effort to revamp and improve the show—including a location change— although the iconic fire pit is meant to be back for even more drama.

Following that report, a representative from ITV confirmed to Metro that the show's producers had indeed begun hunting for a new location. Hopefully, we'll be getting a tour of the premises very soon! 

Who won Love Island 2021?

The most recent couple to walk away from the Love Island villa £50,000 richer was winning couple Liam Reardon and Millie Court, who joined the likes of Paige Turley and Finn Tapp and Greg O'Shea and Amber Gill on the Love Island winners list

Liam and Millie beat Chloe Burrows and Toby Aromolaran, Teddy Soares and Faye Winter, and Kaz Kamwi and Tyler Cruickshank.

Martin Shore
Martin Shore

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.