Love Island: All Stars teaser trailer
Get the personalised water bottles and suitcases on deck – Love Island is back for an all-new all-star edition.
Love Island All Stars is this year’s winter offering of the hit ITV2 dating programme, which sees 12 of the show’s finest past contestants return for a second (or third) chance at a villa romance.
Late last year, across the pond, Love Island Games also united former stars of the international Love Island universe – however, the series did not air in the UK, despite including several contestants from former British seasons taking part.
Maya Jama is back leading proceedings, having succeeded Laura Whitmore as host last January, alongside a line-up of islanders including Georgia Harrison, Toby Aromolaran, Kaz Kamwi, Chris Taylor, Georgia Steel, Anton Danyluk, Hannah Elizabeth, Jake Cornish, Demi Jones, Luis Morrison, Liberty Poole, Mitchel Taylor.
However, not everything is the same as it has been in recent seasons, with claims that the infamous secret house, Casa Amor, will not feature in the All Stars run of the show.
Megan Barton Hanson teases All Stars appearance
Speculation is rife about who could join the show as the next bombshell. Fans have suggested season eight bombshell Danica Taylor, but another fan-favourite has thrown themselves into the mix.
During a Q&A on Instagram on Monday, Megan Barton Hanson of season four fame was asked whether she would consider entering the villa.
“Maybe. Let’s see what hot guys go in,” the star replied. It wouldn’t be the first time Barton Hanson has returned to the villa. She recently competed on Love Island Games, which saw past contestants from various international editions compete together, but lasted just a week on the show.
Tom Murray16 January 2024 22:10
Molly shares three-way kiss – and Callum’s not involved
Things get steamy when Molly is dared to share a three-way kiss with the two boys she fancies the most. Chris and Luis get the call-up, while her ex Callum is left in the cold.
“It was quite a nice kiss, to be honest. The only problem was the feeling of another man’s beard,” says Chris.
Tom Murray16 January 2024 21:59
Islanders play their first game of the series: Champagne Dares
Not exactly the most inventive game from the producers, this, but we’re getting some good drama nonetheless. Champagne Dares sees each contestant down some fizz to find a dare beneath their glass.
A very awkward moment for Mitch as Jake names him as the islander most likely to be on the show for social media followers. “Only because you say it all the time,” Jake says, adding insult to injury and causing a shocked reaction from Liberty who Mitch has been cracking on with. Awks.
Tom Murray16 January 2024 21:50
Jake and Liberty have ‘the chat’
Liberty asks if Jake has been avoiding her since they arrived in the Villa.
Liberty says: “I personally feel, maybe you’ve just been doing your thing, but I do feel you have been avoiding me a bit and I don’t want it to be like that.”
Jake assures Liberty: “There’s no bad blood there. We’ve moved on – I wanna talk to you because you’re good fun.”
Liberty says: “Maybe a good friendship could come out of this.”
Jake says: “Yeah, of course. Let’s see how it goes… we both know where we are at now.”
Tom Murray16 January 2024 21:24
Callum picks Molly in shock decision
Who saw that coming? Quite a few fans, according to Twitter/X. Callum, who had the power to break up any couple in the villa, decided to recouple with his ex-girlfriend Molly. “I’m in shock!” Demi said at the decision.
Callum says he was not expecting it at all when Molly walked in, but there are some cynics doubting his story on social media.
“Y’all could never convince me this s*** isn’t planned and rigged, they faked that breakup until they got back into the villa and got their whole ass storyline,” one person wrote.
“Callum and Molly coincidentally splitting up only to end up on All Stars together and get back coupled up hmmm,” said another.
Tom Murray16 January 2024 21:19
How to watch Love Island All Stars in the US
For any American readers who may be joining us, my colleagues have put together this handy guide explaining how to watch the show on the other side of the pond.
Tom Murray16 January 2024 21:04
Not long now…
Hi everyone and welcome back to The Independent’s Love Island All Stars live blog. Last night got off to great start with plenty of drama and surprises, and tonight promises to be more of the same!
Liberty is set to pull Jake and discuss their relationship moving forward after the public cruelly recoupled the two exes.
Meanwhile, there have been murmurings that Jake will dramatically leave the villa tonight. We’ll keep you updated with all the latest here.
You can read our review of last night’s episode here:
Tom Murray16 January 2024 20:12
Jake has reportedly ‘quit’ Love Island All Stars after episode one
Reports are suggesting that Jake Cornish has ‘left the villa’ after the public coupled him up with his ex-girlfriend Liberty Poole.
We’re on the case… stay tuned for updates!
Ellie Muir16 January 2024 12:26
WATCH: Love Island’s big twist
Did you catch the moment that recent exes Callum and Molly reunited at the end of the Love Island All Stars launch episode?
Here’s the toe-curlingly awkward scene:
Shock twist as recent Love Island exes enter All Stars villa to each other’s surprise
Nicole Vassell16 January 2024 11:30
Could All Stars be the thing to rekindle the UK’s Love Island love affair?
Love Island burst back onto our screens last night, bringing us dazzling teeth, bronze tans and awkward reunions galore.
For The Independent’s reviewer Katie Rosseinsky, it was an episode full of promise, and potentially the spark the franchise needed to raise its popularity once again.
She wrote: “Clearly, the producers aren’t messing around this time (perhaps realising that they’re going up against The Traitors has made them raise their game). Can theatrics like this keep our attention on All Stars for longer than the first week or so?”
Check out the full review here:
Nicole Vassell16 January 2024 09:00