Love Island 2019: Eventful launch show sees Anton try to steal Lucie from Joe, Yewande and Michael bond over biology and a SHOCK TWIST as an ominous threat descends on the villa
Love Island 2019 finally kicked off on Monday night, after months of laborious waiting.
And true to form, the bikini-clad girls were sent into the villa first – having been transported in convertible jeeps, sure to make their excitable entrances and pop a prosecco cork or two in the process.
But before long, drama started to bubble – as troublesome Scot Anton Danyluk and his self-professed wandering eye began to creep from air stewardess Amy Hart to surfer chick Lucie Donlan, with him trying to swipe her away from Londoner Joe Garratt on the first night.
The case of the wandering eye: Love Island 2019’s eventful first episode saw troublesome Scotsman Anton fix his attentions on surfer Lucie, even though he was already coupled up with air hostess Amy while Lucie had chosen to pair with Joe
Episode one saw the Islanders dance the usual dance, with each girl choosing who they’d like to couple up with out of the boys.
Anton entered first and was chosen by Amy, who he decided to couple up with in return. Next in was Sherif Lanre who wasn’t chosen by anyone and so was left to select someone himself – going for Amber Gill.
She later traded him in, however, for aviation technician Callum Macleod.
There was another swap when Lucie chose to couple up with fireman Michael Griffiths only to swap him with ‘sandwich man’ Joe.
Three’s company? By nightfall, Anton had decided he actually liked Lucie, leaving Amy on her own while he went to have a word with Joe, telling him he has an eye on the blonde
Swooping in: Anton asked Joe’s permission to chat up his partner Lucie in the first truly awkward moment of the series
Scientist Yewande Biala ended up, by default, with Michael, while Sherif ended up with Anna Vakili.
But by nightfall, Anton had decided he actually liked Lucie, leaving Amy on her own while he went to have a word with Joe, telling him he has an eye on the blonde.
He then went to speak to Lucie, telling him she was his type, which she seemed flattered by.
The gym owner – who admitted in his VT that he struggled to stay loyal – asked Lucie: ‘I just wanted to see if you’re attracted to me.’ To which she replied: ‘Yeah of course, but my type is normally more surfer looking?’
Meet and greet: Following the first round of coupling, the pairs were sent off to get to know one another, with Yewande realising she had a lot more in common with Michael than she presumed
Getting to know you: He accused her of pre-judging him as a ‘f**kboy’, which she admitted she had done. They then bonded over their science degrees, with Yewande clearly warming up to the hunky firefighter
Ultimately she dashed back to Amy and informed her that Anton had approached her, but that she needn’t worry because she didn’t feel the same way.
Amy – who, earlier, had announced she would be wearing her sexy nightie that evening to bed – decided that she was going to keep the silken negligee reserved for someone who actually wanted to see her in it.
Meanwhile, Yewande realised she had a lot more in common with Michael than she presumed.
#awks: It transpired elsewhere that Sherif already followed Anna on Instagram – but she had no idea who he was
Swapsies: Sherif wasn’t chosen by anyone and so was left to select someone himself – going for Amber. She later traded him in, however, for aviation technician Callum
First time lucky? Anton entered first and was chosen by Amy, who he decided to couple up with in return before noticing Lucie
Mix and match: There was another swap when Lucie chose to couple up with fireman Michael only to swap him with Londoner Joe
He accused her of pre-judging him as a ‘f**kboy’, which she admitted she had done. They then bonded over their science degrees, with Yewande clearly warming up to the hunky firefighter.
It also transpired that Sherif already followed Anna on Instagram – but she had no idea who he was. Still, the pair got to know each other, with Anna saying they might well become closer – even if just as friends.
The evening rounded off with a twist – with the entrance of two new boys arriving at the villa out of the blue.
Curtis Pritchard and Tommy Fury burst through the doors, after the first text of the series was sent to Amber, and revealed that they now have 48 hours to choose a girl they want to couple up with – leaving two of the other men ‘vulnerable’.
Got a text! The evening rounded off with a twist – with the entrance of two new boys arriving at the villa out of the blue. Curtis Pritchard and Tommy Fury burst through the doors, after the first text of the series was sent to Amber, and revealed that they now have 48 hours to choose a girl they want to couple up with
Trouble’s brewing: In a teaser for Tuesday night’s show, professional boxer Tommy – the younger brother of Tyson Fury – looks to try it on with the seemingly-popular Lucie, while Curtis – the younger brother of Strictly Come Dancing professional AJ Pritchard – is seen talking with Amber
In a teaser for Tuesday night’s show, professional boxer Tommy – the younger brother of Tyson Fury – looks to try it on with the seemingly-popular Lucie, while Curtis – the younger brother of Strictly Come Dancing professional AJ Pritchard – is seen talking with Amber.
This comes after Amber said Callum was a bit too ‘old’ for her and found his conversation ‘boring’.
The shock re-coupling will see at least one, if not two, boys being given the boot.
As the launch show kicked off, Amy was the first contestant into the villa, claiming she ‘was once invited to join the Mile High Club’.
And… they’re off: The first round of singletons made their grand entrances into the Love Island villa on Monday evening
She explained that she has been ‘ghosted so many times my phone’s like a Ouija board’ and that she is looking for someone with ‘a gym bod and dad bod’ and that she has never had a boyfriend.
She entered the show alongside Amber Gill, a beautician who has ‘never been rejected in her life’.
She also promised that if anyone nasty appears in the villa she will ‘ruin their life’, before referencing her ‘miserable resting bitch face’.
Making their entrance: Amber Gill [L], a beautician who has ‘never been rejected in her life’, promised that if anyone nasty appears in the villa she will ‘ruin their life’, before referencing her ‘miserable resting bitch face’. Scientist Yewande Biala [R] ‘researches vaccines for cancer’ and ‘never gets on with men on dates’
Let the game begin: The bikini-clad girls were sent into the villa first – having been transported in convertible jeeps, sure to make their excitable entrances and pop a prosecco cork or two in the process
Next was pharmacist Anna who exclaimed that she’s ‘never going to find someone at work because they’re all old or sick, so not in the mood.’
She then compared herself to Meghan Markle, who married Prince Harry in her 30s. She said: ‘My parents tell me, you’re 28, you haven’t got long left!’
Scientist Yewande ‘researches vaccines for cancer’ and ‘never gets on with men on dates’. She entered the villa fourth, swiftly followed by surfer Lucie, who claimed that ‘this Surfing Barbie needs to find a Bev [hot man]’.
It was then time to send in the men, who were tasked with coupling up with the ladies of the villa.
LOVE ISLAND 2019: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Strictly speaking: Curtis is AJ Pritchard’s kid brother
Name: Curtis Pritchard
Occupation: Latin and Ballroom Pro
Claim To Fame: Curtis is a pro dancer on Dancing With The Stars in Ireland, and is the younger brother of Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard
Thoughts On Dating: ‘I’ve probably been on less than ten dates, maybe five. I’ve never used a dating app. All of this meeting people on social media and apps is fake,’ he says
Ever Cheated? ‘I have cheated before. I will always be loyal from now on’
Exotic: Anna boasts a Middle-Eastern heritage
Name: Anna Vakili
Claim To Fame: ‘I ended up on the Iranian News earlier this year when my sister and I were away in Qatar with two Iranian footballers who have a huge following. Suddenly my followers went up by 20,000 and I started being tagged in fan pages!’ she recalls
Marks Out Of 10? ‘I would rate myself an eight. My best feature is my eyes, I get compliments on my eyes a lot. I wish I had a penny for every time I’ve had a compliment on my eyes’
She blinded me with science: Yewande has been unlucky in love
Name: Yewande Biala
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Thoughts On Love: Yewande says: ‘I don’t think there is a science to finding love and if there is then I have clearly been reading the wrong books’
Celebrity Crush: Anthony Joshua
In It To Win It? ‘I am a terrible flirt but I’m such a girly girl and I can’t imagine stealing someone’s man in there. I don’t think I’d be that type but never say never,’ she says
Too fast, too fury-ous: Tommy’s a boxer… like his brother
Name: Tommy Fury
Looking For? ‘Blonde hair, blue eyes, good tan, gym girl… Ariana Grande. That girl is fire!’
Claim To Fame: ‘It’s probably my brother, Tyson, but I’m my own man and I’ve said it throughout my whole boxing career. I don’t want to be labelled as his little brother, I’m my own man and I’m doing the best that I can do in life and that’s all I’m setting out to achieve,’ Tommy says
Hot stuff: Fireman Michael wants to be ‘someone’s personal hero’
Name: Michael Griffiths
Marks Out Of Ten? ‘I get complimented on my smile a lot. People seem to be obsessed with my lips. I’d rate myself ten out of ten, I would have said nine but I’m a hero so it bumps it up,’ is Michael’s modest answer
Ever Cheated? ‘Once. It was a revenge cheat’
Up and away: Welsh Callum works in aviation
Name: Callum Macleod
Occupation: Aircraft Engineer
Location: South Wales
Disastrous Dating Story: ‘I went to the cinema with a girl and she sat on a piece of chocolate that melted onto her leather trousers,’ Callum recalls. ‘She shot off to the toilet to clean them and didn’t come back for ages. I watched the majority of the film on my own. I later found her fretting in the toilets because she couldn’t get her trousers back on’
Cocky? Amber rates herself 10/10
Name: Amber Gill
Occupation: Beauty Therapist
Disastrous Dating Story: ‘I was speaking to this guy and he lived in Manchester and I got the train down to see him,’ Amber recounts. ‘I was nervous because he was really good looking and a bit older than me. I had five Cosmopolitans in a can and I drank them on the train. When the train got to Manchester I got up and I was drunk! He was waiting for me at the train station and when I got off I fell through the gap between the train and platform. What an icebreaker though!’
Got talent? Amy has a crush on David Walliams and Simon Cowell
Name: Amy Hart
Occupation: Cabin Crew
Location: Worthing, Sussex
Celebrity Crushes: Liam Hemsworth, Ashley Banjo, David Walliams and Simon Cowell. ‘You’d never go there obviously but there is something about them,’ Amy says
Claim To Fame: Amy once met Liam Payne and had a photo with him. When she posted it online she was bombarded with hate mail from One Directioners, who thought she was his new squeeze
Food of love: Sherif is a dab-hand in the kitchen
Name: Sherif Lanre
Occupation: Chef and Semi-pro Rugby Player
Worst traits: ‘Number one would be that I’m pretty outrageous, that can also translate to the bad side,’ Sherif says. ‘On top of that, I laugh at everything which sometimes gets me into trouble. I can’t really take anything seriously. My actual laugh, my hysterical laugh is pretty ugly’
Fitness first: Anton wants a girl who likes working out
Name: Anton Danyluk
Occupation: Gym Owner
Location: Airdrie, Scotland
Worst Date: ‘I bought myself a Porsche when I was 21, as you do! I picked a girl up in that and she started taking pictures when she was in the car and sending it to her friends. It shouldn’t matter what I was driving whether that be a Corsa or a Porsche so I finished the date right there’
Clumsy: Jack says he’s a total klutz
Name: Joe Garratt
Occupation: Catering Company Owner
Marks Out Of 10? ‘Today, I reckon about an 8.5! In the mornings I’m probably like a low 8. I consistently stay around the 8s to 9s in my opinion. Maybe some days I go past the 9, when it’s a really good day…. a suit day. My best feature is my chat. I’m cheeky and a bit of a charmer. Looks wise, I’d say my best features are my teeth or curly hair’
Name: Lucie Donlan
Famous exes? ‘The last guy I was with was Charlie [Frederick] from last year’s Love Island. We got together a few weeks after he came out of the villa. I’ve spoken to Joey Essex on and off because I love his personality, it’s so funny. Lookswise I like Jay Alvarrez. He surfs, skydives and he’s got amazing hair. I would marry him!’
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