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Dani Dyer teamed up with Jack Fincham on the opening episode
The launch show of the new series of Love Island has given ITV2 its biggest-ever audience. It broke the record set by the finale of the 2017 season of the dating show.An average of 2.95 million viewers watched as the new islanders entered the Love Island villa, looking for love - and hoping to win the
The contestants, wearing their best swimwear, were quick to get to know each other
ITV had 2.32 million with The Queen's Coronation in Colour, while 24 Hours in Police Custody on Channel 4 had the third-highest audience with 2.23 million. Love Island had a 16.4% audience share and peaked at 3.4 million viewers. The total number of viewers is also likely to rise when catch up services are included.
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Monday's launch saw 10 singletons, including an A&E doctor and actor Danny Dyer's daughter, arrive at the villa on the Spanish island of Majorca which will become their home for the coming weeks.They had all been coupled up when a sixth male contestant was then introduced, with host Caroline Flack explaining he had 24 hours to pick one of the women to pair up with - which will then leave another man on his own.
A&E doctor Alex George was initially unlucky in love
To stay on the show, contestants must be in a couple. Dani Dyer paired up with sales manager Jack Fincham on the opening episode and the pair are the early favourites to be the winning couple. Doctor Alex George was unlucky in love, with none of the women stepping forward when asked to indicate which of the men they were keen on. He was eventually paired with musical theatre performer Samira Mighty - who had not been chosen by any of the male contestants. Last year's contestants have been quick to weigh in with their opinions. 2017 winner Amber Davies already has her favourites.
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I want Hayley and Eyal to win already ????????— Amber Davies (@Amber_Davies7) June 4, 2018
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While Marcel Somerville said that everything could change and that there was still hope for Alex.
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Trust me the couple's that are there right now will probably totally change by the end of the week. Alex might have some moves up his sleeves!!!— Marcel Somerville (@marcel_rockyb) June 4, 2018
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Gabby Allen said the show had already taken over her life - and she's probably not the only one.
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I had the maddest dreams about #LoveIsland last night.... ? how has it taken over my life already? ???????— GABBY ALLEN (@gabbydawnallen) June 5, 2018
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Some people weren't happy about the lack of diverse body types shown on Love Island, however. Journalist Angelica Malin said it "spreads such a bad message to young girls that all women look like that".
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I know I shouldn’t be so surprised but I’m a bit disappointed by the lack of representation of female body types in #LoveIsland ? Don’t know why I expected anything different, but they are all *so* thin this year - would be nice to see some girls with curves for once ??— Angelica Malin (@jellymalin) June 5, 2018
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And YouTuber Maddie Bruce agreed that more diversity was needed.
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In a word where we need to be embracing of everyone no matter what ethnicity or body shape etc #loveisland really lacks diversity... cumon guys it’s 2018— maddie (@themaddiebruce) June 4, 2018
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