LOVE Island 2020 returned to our screens for the first ever winter series this evening, with Laura Whitmore making her debut as host.
Tonight’s episode of the ITV2 show introduced fans to the swanky new villa in sunny South Africa – as well as the first batch of Islanders.
However, it got off to a rocky start – with fans sent into panic-mode when ITV2 suffered technical issues at the very beginning of the programme.
While viewers were excitedly tuning in for their first Love Island fix of the year, their screens went black before glitching – although thankfully the issue was quickly resolved.
The girls were the first to enter the villa, getting to know one another and agreeing that they were all after a “tall, dark, and handsome” hunk – with several having a penchant for a builder or a plumber.
So they were in luck when Nas Majeed was the first man to step out for the coupling ceremony – a 23-year-old builder looking for Mrs. Right.
Rather awkwardly, none of the girls stepped forward for Nas – with him choosing Siânnise Fudge to make the first couple of the series.
Callum Jones was next up – having previously shocked fans when he confessed that he particularly fancies girls who wear white nail polish.
Nas suffered a further blow when Siânnise stepped forward for the new man – admitting that Callum was the “tall, dark, and handsome” hunk that she asked for.
Shaughna Phillips also showed her interest in him, with Callum sticking to the bro code as he chose her over Nas’s partner.
It was then time for millionaire toff Ollie Williams to be officially introduced to fans – who have been furiously petitioning to get him booted from the show.
On Friday, The Sun Online revealed that the posh heir was a big game hunter, leaving viewers outraged.
Disgusted animal-lovers have been begging bosses to axe Ollie from the line-up, but defiant producers are said to be digging their heels in and have “no intention” of getting rid of the bloodthirsty contestant.
His stint in the villa got off to an equally bad start, with none of the girls stepping forward for him.
He chose Lewis Capaldi’s ex Paige Turley to couple up with, with Paige apologising to her famous former beau earlier in the programme for being a “b**ch” and breaking his heart.
And she might want to apologise to Ollie as well, with Paige immediately stepping forward for Connor Durman when he joined the coupling ceremony.
Sophie Piper also showed her interest, with the hunk leaving Paige red-faced when he chose Sophie.
Leanne Amaning was the last girl remaining having refused to step forward for any of the men, and Mike Boateng was the final man to join the ceremony.
Thankfully he must have been just what the doctor ordered as Leanne finally showed her interest – and it went down a treat, with Mike choosing to couple up with her.
With the pairings done, the new Islanders took some time to get to know one another and explore their new home.
Paige was quick to show her disdain for Ollie in the Beach Hut, admitting that she was “already friendzoning him” because he was a bit too posh.
She also rejected his attempt at flirting, rebuffing his advances as he complimented her eyes before joking that he would be sleeping in the villa’s brand new ‘Dog House’ later that night.
Thankfully, things were going a bit better for Ollie’s fellow rejected man Nas, who bonded with Siânnise over their shared love of Disney and her quirky surname.
The brunette beauty later confessed that while he wasn’t her usual type, she was enjoying his sense of humour.
Leanne also opened up to Mike, admitting that she had trouble letting people in as the pair bonded in the sunshine.
Earlier today, it was confirmed that twins Eve and Jess Gale will make a late arrival – joining as the first bombshells of the series following the initial coupling ceremony.
New snaps showed them strutting in hand-in-hand just hours after the rest of the Islanders – much to the girls’ annoyance.
Usual presenter Caroline Flack stepped down as host last month after she was arrested and charged for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton.
Laura, who is the girlfriend of Love Island’s voiceover artist Iain Sterling, was drafted in as a last minute replacement, with Caroline sending luck to the Irish beauty earlier today.