Sunday, June 26, 2022

Is Ekin-Su the toughest Love Island contestant ever?

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In which island of love Villa, a coffee can be a catalyst for love, fear, and memes. For guys who want to show affection, getting your girl her morning java is a sign that you care. Coffee was also given to us so we wouldn’t forget, Curtis told Amy that he couldn’t cuddle her in the mornings because he wanted to make coffee for the islanders so everyone would be ready for the day ahead. The islanders live in a pressure cooker, and the smallest things can cause drama.

Just look at Luca and Gemma. The Fishmonger rubs Gemma’s back lightly after Jacques hooks up again when she accidentally calls him her ex’s name. It’s a shame, of course, but it happens! Luca is still angry. Gemma tries to play it off while Jacques, the aforementioned ex, tells her to apologize to him. It feels telling that Luca insists to the boys that Gemma is the one wrong and Jacques has no regrets – when we can see Gemma’s ex taking a stab at it. But it’s easier to blame a girl than boys, right?

The Hideaway is now open for the first time. According to Luca, “there is no sexier place on earth”. Maybe if your idea is to have dozens of cameras watching you turn it on and broadcast it to millions of people, including parents. We’ve just been confronted with Andrew describing his kinky fantasies to Tasha, so they’re the obvious choice and grin back in the morning. Andrew maintains his “a gentleman never tells” action for about six seconds before detailing what happened. To be fair, Tasha tells the girls the same thing.

Then: Coffeegate. All of the girls are greeted by their partners with a hot drink midway through the debriefing to start the day – except for Ekin-Su. She takes it as a sign that Davide has given up grafting, now Jacques’ attention is elsewhere, and sheds a tear at being the only one forced to make her own oat latte. After a particularly heavy night, I did the same.

Well, I’ve interviewed enough former islanders over the years to know that the challenges are the worst thing about filming. In this episode the boys dress up as sexy mechanics before stripping down and soaping up to impress the girls. I can only think: God, they must be sweaty in these overalls. Dami is voted hottest of them all. The boys all brandish the socks they stuffed their pants with in celebration.

As a reward for completing the challenge (did they have a choice?), the gang are treated to a party, which is crashed by new boys Remi and Jay. Practically fainting from the excitement, Ekin-Su dusts off the Davide coffee drama and dives right in with Jay. After all, there’s no point in crying over spilled (oat) milk.

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