Love Island’s return to television screens was watched by an average of 2.4 million viewers, sticking to the previous series.

The eighth series of popular ITV2 date shows began on Monday night at a new location in Mallorca, with Laura Whitmore returning as a host.

According to broadcasters, the average number of viewers for the 90-minute opening episode was 2,449,000, compared to the average of 2,467,000 for the previous series release in June 2021.

The show on Monday also secured a peak of 3 million viewers.

With a twist, the show saw the first coupling in a series determined by the general public, unknown to the athletes.

Liam Lewellin, a 22-year-old student from Newport, played against Jema Owen, the daughter of former English soccer player Michael Owen.

Tasha Ghouri has partnered with real estate agent Andrew LePage, Ikenna Ekwonna with Indiyah Polak, and paramedic Paige Thorne with Luca Bish.

The first bomb in the series also entered the villa.

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When Roman-born and Manchester-based business owner David Sancrimenti stepped into the villa’s yard, he shocked the islanders and asked, “Did anyone order an Italian snack?”

Love Island also featured Gori, the first hearing-impaired, model and dancer from Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

Around the fire pit, she openly talked about wearing a cochlear implant and described it as her “superpower.”

Love Island will be broadcast on ITV2.

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