Thursday 23 January 2020

Laura Whitmore makes Love Island debut as winter series kicks off with a twist in Cape Town

Love Island host Laura Whitmore
Love Island host Laura Whitmore
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

Laura Whitmore made her much anticipated debut as the host of Love Island last night as series six got under way in South Africa.

The Bray native posted a picture of herself in advance of the winter season of the hit show beside a 4x4, saying: "but first has anyone seen my car keys?"

Last night's show saw the singletons enter the villa and prepare for their first ever coupling up.

The girls - Shaughna, Sophie, Leanne, Siannise and Paige - started getting to know each other.

Laura then gathered the girls around the famous fire pit saying: "Shall we have a little chat? Come on."

Laura says to Siannise that South Africa is a little bit different to her hometown Bristol, to which she says: "It's completely different, it's amazing."

Asked what she's looking for, Paige says: "It sounds so cliche, tall dark and handsome."

On whether she's ever been in love, Leanne admitted: "No never, not even a little bit. I've got a phobia, but I'm here to cure it."

Sophie said of being single: "I feel like I might be a tiny bit too picky."

Asked if she's in the Villa for love or a good time, Shaughna says: "Love. I'm a hopeless romantic."

Laura then broke the news that it was time to meet the boys, saying: "Well I don't know about you ladies, but I think it's time we meet the boys. Come with me."

Nas, Mike, Ollie, Connor and Callum then made their entrance.  They had their pick of the girls in the first coupling.

By the end, Ollie Williams was paired with Paige Turley, Boateng was with Leanne Amaning and Connor Durman was with Sophie Piper, the younger sister of TV star Rochelle Humes.

Nas Majeed and Siannise Fudge were together and Phillips and Jones were also in a couple.

However, not everyone was thrilled with their pairing, with Siannise admitting she had not felt a spark with Nas.

“I don’t fancy him,” she told the girls.

“I’m just not feeling it,” she added.

Later in the evening, there was a twist when identical twins Eve and Jess Gale turned up at the villa.

“Twice is definitely nice, you know what I mean?” said police officer Mike Boateng, while scaffolder Callum Jones declared the newcomers to be “double trouble”.

The girls were shaken by the surprise, and Shaughna Phillips admitted she had had to work hard not to look “bothered” by the newcomers, who the girls agreed looked like “Playboy models”.

And the tension flared further when they were told that Eve and Jess have 24 hours to pick any of the boys to couple up with – which will leave two girls single and vulnerable to being dumped.

Additional reporting by PA.


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