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Sunday 26 January 2020

Caroline Flack wishes Laura Whitmore luck ahead of Love Island

Flack said the first show is ‘always the best one’.

Laura Whitmore (Ian West/PA)
Laura Whitmore (Ian West/PA)

By Julia Hunt, PA Entertainment Correspondent

Caroline Flack has wished Laura Whitmore luck ahead of the first episode of the winter series of Love Island.

The presenter has stepped down from the ITV2 dating show following an assault charge, and Whitmore has taken over.

Flack posted a message on Instagram on Sunday, saying: “Massive good luck to Laura, Iain (Stirling) and the team for tonight’s launch show…

“The first one always the best one.”

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Screengrab from Caroline Flack’s Instagram (Caroline Flack Instagram)

The show kicks off with a twist, as two late arrivals spell double trouble for the other contestants.

The opening episode sees 10 new singletons move into the new villa in Cape Town, South Africa – five girls and five boys.

However, there is a surprise later on when identical twins appear.

The girls – Shaughna Phillips, Sophie Piper, Leanne Amaning, Siannise Fudge and Paige Turley – are the first to arrive and start getting to know each other by sharing what they are looking for in a boyfriend.

Democratic services officer Shaughna says she signed up in a bid to find “the opposite of what I attract really – the cocky know-it-alls”.

Singer Paige says she wants someone “tall dark and handsome”, while customer service adviser Leanne admits she has never been in love.

“I’ve got a phobia, but I’m here to cure it,” she says.

When the boys – Mike Boateng, Connor Durman, Ollie Williams, Nas Majeed and Callum Jones – turn up, they are told they get to choose first, and the first couples of the series are formed.

Later, sports science graduate and builder Majeed receives a text which sends shockwaves through the villa, and he tells the islanders: “It’s time to really get the party started as two very important guests are about to arrive.”

As rumours swirl about whether it will be girls or boys, twins Jess and Eve Gale make their surprise entrance.

“Twice is definitely nice, you know what I mean?” says police officer Boateng, while scaffolder Jones declares the newcomers are “double trouble”.

Flack is alleged to have hit boyfriend Lewis Burton over the head with a lamp, causing a head injury.

After entering a not guilty plea to the assault charge at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, she was released on bail with conditions that stop her having any contact with Burton ahead of a trial on March 4.

Love Island airs tonight at 9pm on ITV2.

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