Love Island will air TWO series in 2023 as winter show RETURNS to South Africa

Love Island will air two series in 2023, with the landmark winter series returning to South Africa after three years away.

The new series of the show will come to ITV2 and new channel ITVX in the New Year, with January seeing a fresh batch of Islanders heading to South Africa on a quest for love and romance.

Meanwhile, summer 2023 will see the dating show return to Mallorca for another eight week run.

The landmark debut winter series aired in January 2020 – shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic – and was won by Paige Turley and Finn Tapp.

Plans for a second winter series were shelved in 2021 amid concerns surrounding the pandemic.

Paige and Finn said in the wake of the announcement: ‘Love Island enabled us to find love with someone that without the show, our paths would never have crossed.

‘We both found everything that we’d asked for in a partner in each other and we now live together in Manchester (we’ve been here for almost two years). We’ve got a new amazing group of friends and literally couldn’t imagine life without each other.’

Paul Mortimer, Director of Reality Commissioning and Controller, ITV2, said ‘Love Island has once again proved itself to be the nation’s favourite talking point across the summer, and we’re always blown away by the show’s ongoing impact and talkability amongst our younger audience. So, rather than just serving up a Summer of Love, we thought we’d make 2023 the Year of Love with two full series of the show.’

Mike Spencer, Executive Producer at Lifted Entertainment, said ‘After eight brilliant series, we are excited to be serving up two helpings of love in 2023 by kicking off in January at a stunning new villa in South Africa. We can look forward to more romances, bromances and everything in between as we embark on another epic year of love.’

Love Island 2022 scored its biggest launch show ratings since the 2019 series with a a whopping five million viewers tuning in to the saucy series’ first episode earlier this month.

The opening saw a rise of 0.2 million viewers based on 2021’s launch, with the following series going on to be streamed a staggering 32 million times.

Consolidated data has confirmed that the Love Island launch is now officially the biggest programme of the year for the 16-34 year old demographic.

For 16-34 year old viewers the show averaged 1.8m TV viewers with a 61.6% share of viewing, making it the second most watched programme so far this year for this demographic – only being marginally beaten by the Eurovision song contest.

The 2019 series was eventually won by Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea.

Love Island has been a ratings juggernaut since the series was rebooted back in 2015, with the wildly popular 2017 series – won by Amber Davies and Kem Cetinay – making the show a national institution.

The 2017 show saw phrases such as ‘my type on paper’, ‘putting my eggs in one basket’ and ‘I used to be in Blazin’ Squad’ embraced by the national consciousness, with even rapper Stormzy getting involved.

The show has sparked spawned countless long term couplings, and resulted in four weddings and seven babies.

Series two runners-up Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen were the first Love Island couple to tie the knot in 2018, 2 years after meeting on the show. They recently welcomed a son, Abel.

Olivia said: ‘Love Island changed every aspect of our life. From meeting someone, to falling in love, to getting to getting married and having a baby on the way and completely changing our careers.

‘The experience opened up so many new and different doors, as well as so many new experiences for Alex and I. The best part was obviously meeting each other and now having a baby!

‘The experience has changed us both as people and has given us such an individual life experience.’

While series two winners Cara De La Hoyde and Nathan Massey wed in 2019 and are now parents to two children.

2017 runners-up Camilla Thurlow and Jamie Jewitt are now parents to two daughters and tied the knot last year.

Fellow 2017 series alum Dom Lever and Jess Shears wed in 2018 and now share a son. They are expecting a second boy imminently.

Dom said: ‘For me Love Island changed everything about my life. I met my wife, mother of my children, and moved across the country for a better life. Not to mention it changed the course of my career and now I get to spend everything with my family and working for myself.’

2019 series runners-up Molly Mae Hague and Tommy Fury are still together three years on, while 2020 winter series contestants Molly Smith and Callum Jones are still smitten.

Molly said: ‘Love Island gave me the experience of a lifetime, the best memories that I will cherish forever, and of course, my soul mate.’

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  • 1 час, 32 минуты назад 29.06.2022Showbiz
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    As Australia’s leading sexologist, Chantelle Otten certainly isn’t shy about expressing her kinky side.

    But the 31-year-old took things to a new level during a wild night out in Sydney with her Paralympian boyfriend Dylan Alcott over the weekend.

    In a series of Instagram posts, Chantelle boasted about wearing a music-activated vibrator to dinner with Dylan and several friends.

    She then had Dylan, the 2022 Australian of the Year, control the vibrator via an app on his phone, before allowing her friends to touch her crotch so they could feel the buzzing.

    Before heading out, Chantelle explained she was using the sex toy for Pride month.

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    ‘This part slips in your knickers,’ she added, while showing off the device.

    ‘It is designed to sit on the [clitoris], but after trying, I think it can also sit under the balls for [penis] owners. It’s a really fun toy and can be versatile.’

    Once seated at the swanky restaurant with the toy placed inside of her, Chantelle flung her head back at the table as she enjoyed the sensations.

    At one point, both Dylan and one of their friends poked and prodded at her crotch to feel the vibe.

    As they touched the device, Chantelle giggled and writhed around, occasionally gasping and giggling in ecstasy.

    ‘I’m going to confirm it is fun,’ she captioned the video.

    ‘Great for date night. Hand over control to your partner (or whoever, really!) Great for parties. Was it restaurant appropriate? I don’t know, but we had fun!’

    Chantelle and Dylan made their romance public at a tennis event in April 2019, and have been inseparable ever since.

    Last year, Dylan told Good Weekend magazine he was very nervous before consummating his relationship with Chantelle, given that her entire career is centred around studying the sexual experience.

    ‘I thought, “You’re doing it with the best!” But we’re both sex-positive. It’s important to me to talk about it,’ the wheelchair athlete explained.

    Since finding love with Dylan, Chantelle has become a minor celebrity in Australia, racking up endorsement deals and thousands of followers on social media.

    Last year, she released her first book, The Sex Ed You Never Had, and this week she was named the new brand ambassador for Kérastase hair products.

    Dylan was named Australian of the Year in January in recognition of his sporting achievements and inspiring work with disabled Aussies.

    The tennis star and commentator gave an emotional acceptance speech, sharing how he once ‘hated’ himself for being different but now feels like the luckiest guy in the world.

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    ‘I’ve known nothing but having a disability. If I’m honest with you, I can’t tell you how much I used to hate myself. I used to hate having a disability. I hated it so much. I hated being different and I didn’t want to be here anymore.

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    The 25-year-old supermodel draped a striking black, white and burgundy polka dot shawl over her summery white ensemble.

    She slid into a sleek miniskirt that showed off her endless legs and buttoned herself into a skintight matching top that emphasized her petite frame.

    Sharpening her screen siren features with makeup, the little sister of Gigi Hadid wore her silken jet black hair down in a long do.

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    Sofia Richie puts on a leggy display in tiny patterned shorts while out with gal pal in Malibu

    She is known for her advertising campaigns with Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, and Adidas.

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    The 23-year-old daughter of Lionel Richie put on a pin parade while out and about with a gal pal in Malibu on Monday.

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    Sofia donned a tiny patterned pair of yellow shorts along with a plain white T-Shirt for the hot day in Southern California.

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    The electric four-wheeler has become a favorite of celebrities as it is fully customizable and starts at about $22K.

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    One shot showed the newly engaged pair sharing a kiss at sunset, while another one showed them beaming for the cameras just moments after getting engaged.

    Sofia, the daughter of hitmaker Lionel Richie, has been dating her 28-year-old boyfriend for a year.

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    A source spoke to Entertainment Tonight at the time and expressed that the happy couple had known each other for an extended period of time prior to the start of their romance.

    ‘They have been friends for years and Elliot is also close with Sofia’s brother, Miles. It’s very nice for Sofia to date someone who her family approves of and likes,’ they said.

    The insider also made a point of adding: ‘Sofia and Elliot are happy together and having fun.’

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    In the shot, the social media personality was seen preparing to plant an affectionate kiss on her boyfriend’s lips.

    The influencer also wrote a short message in her post’s caption that read: ‘You are everything to me. I love you, happy birthday babe.’

    Previously, Sofia was in a high-profile relationship with reality television personality Scott Disick, whom she began seeing in 2017. The two have a 16-year age gap.

    The pair remained together for nearly three years before they broke things off in May of 2020.

    The former couple reconciled that July, although they went on to separate for a final time in August.

    Scott’s other famous ex, Kourtney Kardashian, with whom she shares three children, is also set to tied the knot with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker last month.

    Shortly after Sofia broke the news about her engagement, Scott took the opportunity to poke fun at himself since she’s the second of his ex-girlfriends to get engaged in the past six months.

    The Talentless founder compared himself to comedian Dane Cook’s character in the 2007 rom-com Good Luck Chuck in a post shared to Instagram.

    ‘In the 305 just call me good luck chuck,’ captioned the KUWTK star, who included an image of himself manning a luxury speedboat.

    Good Luck Chuck follows Charlie Kagan (played by Cook), a mid-30s man who is unable to find true love due to a hex that was put on him by a vengeful girl in middle school.

    The curse turns Chuck into a ‘good luck charm’ for single women since every girl he’s slept with has gone on to meet and marry the man of their dreams immediately after.

    And with two of his exes getting engaged over the past six months, it’s no wonder that Scott may be seeing a bit of himself in Charlie Kagan.

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  • 3 часа, 33 минуты назад 29.06.2022Showbiz
    Eva Longoria wows in cleavage-revealing lacy black gown as she hits red carpet at Taormina Film Fest

    Eva Longoria looked incredible in a cut-out black dress as she made a red carpet appearance at the Taormina Film Fest in Italy on Tuesday.

    The American actress, 37, flaunted her toned physique in the elegant floor-length gown, which revealed a hint of her cleavage through lacy mesh detail.

    The halter neck detail, which gathered at the back in artful straps, accentuated the star’s slender frame.

    Eva sported a theatrical make-up look with smoked out black wings and pointed eyebrows, teamed with a touch of baby pink lip-gloss.

    She wore her gorgeous chestnut tresses in a collected bun, leaving accessories to a minimum.

    She posed alongside Italian–Canadian film producer Andrea Iervolino, 34, who looked incredibly dapper in a stylish navy suit.

    He grinned alongside the Desperate Housewives actress, sporting some smart leather shoes to complement his look.

    Eva was also snapped alongside Argentine screenwriter Lucía Puenzo, 45, who stunned in a loose scarlet dress worn with some nude strappy sandals.

    Elsewhere she and Andrea huddled up with producer Chiara Tilesi, director Maria Sole Tognazzi, 51, and actress Sofia Carson for a group picture.

    Sofia, 29, looked incredible in a dramatic two-toned dress which came with a sleeveless black ballerina style bodice and slimmed down into white, floor-sweeping tulle train.

    She accessorised the ensemble with black gloves, and accessorised her hair into a slick up-do, her bangs worn in a side part.

    The star opted for a glam look with a deep red lipstick and sharp black eyeliner.

    Songwriter Diane Warren also made an appearance, cutting a more casual figure in a lilac suit worn over a T-shirt saying ‘The future is…female power!’.

    The star, who has written hits such as Cher’s If I Could Turn Back Time and Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, also wore a slinky black scarf and a baseball cap from non-profit film production company We Do It Together.

    Diane, 65, donned some black keds as she hit the red carpet, wearing a quirky pin on the lapels of her blazer.

  • 3 часа, 33 минуты назад 29.06.2022Showbiz
    Australia’s lettuce shortage: Karl Stefanovic reveals shocking KFC order

    Karl Stefanovic’s diet leaves a lot to be desired.

    The father of four, 47, is apparently so opposed to eating vegetables that he asks for no salad on his Zinger burger whenever he eats at KFC.

    His Today co-host Allison Langdon made the alarming revelation on Wednesday while reporting on KFC’s latest price hike in Australia.

    After discussing the rising cost of lettuce due to the nationwide shortage, Ally said: ‘You can do what Karl does where you just ask for the burger without the salad.

    ‘Saves all the dramas.’

    Later in the broadcast, Karl turned his nose up at KFC using cabbage as a temporary alternative to lettuce.

    ‘Cabbage is bitter and horrible… can’t do it,’ he sneered.

    He then said the best way to eat fried chicken is ‘straight’ – meaning without any salad or healthy toppings.

    Newsreader Alex Cullen did remind him, however, it’s important to add cheese to your chicken burger.

    Karl’s laissez-faire attitude to diet has been a running joke on Today for months.

    Fortunately, the Channel Nine star doesn’t mind the jibes about his weight gain and seems to be comfortable in his own skin.

    KFC is set to raise its prices for the third time in 2022 despite bullish growth – and will continue to put cabbage on the burgers in place of lettuce.

    While business is booming for KFC, Drew O’Malley, chief executive of Collins Foods, confirmed a price rise of one to two per cent was likely – similar to its hikes in January and June 2022 – although he couldn’t say when the rise would come.

    Mr O’Malley also said cabbage would continue to be added to KFC burgers for at least the next month.

    He expected the shortage of lettuce would be back to normal in five to seven weeks – so about the middle of August.

    Collins Foods, which operates KFC and Taco Bell in Australia and KFC in Europe, on Tuesday announced revenue was up 11 per cent to $1.18 billion.

    The results were revealed as part of Collins’ financial year 2022 reporting and also included the boast that KFC is closing the gap with McDonald’s.

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