Love Island has kept us entertained for the past eight weeks and it has indeed been a long, hot summer.
The series, the seventh on the ITV show, has proven popular with Britons, after viewing figures soared from last year’s Winter Love Island.
As we prepare for the Love Island finale, we take a look at the islanders’ final day inside the Mallorcan villa and what they’re up to.
When is the Love Island 2021 finale?
The final will take place on Monday August 23, broadcast on ITV2 at 9 p.m.
In recent years, the finale airs for an extra half hour, until 10:30 p.m.
The show airs live, cutting to and from pre-recorded scenes in the 24 hours leading up to the finale.
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Usually, Love Island airs for eight weeks. In 2018, the format was extended by seven after it became so popular.
Who will be in the final of Love Island 2021?
Viewers can expect twists and turns in the 90-minute finale, but as things stand there are four strong couples all in contention for the £50,000 cash prize.
They are Chloe Burrows and Toby Aromolaran, Liam Reardon and Millie Court, Faye Winter and Teddy Soares, and Kaz Kamwi and Tyler Cruikshank.
The final four were confirmed after Jake and Liberty decided to move out of the villa following their split with just three days to go.
If the voting pattern follows that established during last year’s Winter Series in South Africa, four couples will face off in the thrilling final.
The bookmakers currently have Toby and Chloe as favorites to win, but they are neck and neck with co-stars Liam and Millie.
Teddy and Faye are next in line, having reached the final despite his outburst of fury at him in scenes that sparked a slew of complaints from Ofcom.
And Kaz and Tyler currently have the lowest ratings.
What happens in the Love Island finale?
The finale will be hosted by Love Island host Laura Whitmore and will see her announce the winners of this year’s winter Love Island 2021 series.
There is no set agenda for the finale, and show bosses are notorious for changing the show’s format.
However, previous seasons have all followed a similar pattern.
Each year, the finalists have a 24-hour finale full of fun and pampering.
Past seasons have seen contestants taken for a makeover day where the girls get their hair done and pick out prom dresses while the guys get ready in their costumes.
There is then a sort of prom held in the garden of the villa, where the couples see their other halves looking amazing and the islanders all have a few drinks thinking back to their time on Love Island.
A love declaration
Each year we have seen the finalists having to prepare some kind of poem, song or declaration of love, which is read or performed during the ball.
It has suffocated us all every year as the Islanders all show their sensitive side.
Live broadcast from Mallorca
After the broadcast of the pre-recorded scenes from the previous day, the show switches to Laura Whitmore in the Love Island villa as she presents the rest of the finale entirely live.
Typically, the show has a live audience and the villa is filled with friends, family and various other lucky viewers who have won a place in the finale.
However, due to Covid restrictions, it is unclear if this will be a possibility.
Love Island Aftersun aired right outside the villa’s main entrance this year, with a small, socially distanced audience, so a live audience for the finale is always a possibility.
Fourth and third places announced
After the airing of all the couple interviews and the best excerpts, it’s the critical moment for the couples.
The fourth place couple is announced first, followed by the third place couple.
Then, after a preview of the top two couples, the winners of Love Island 2021 will be announced by Laura.
The winners will take home a prize of £50,000, dividing the share between them if the recent twist is scrapped.
“Love or Money”
Over the past two seasons, the bosses have introduced a new twist where the presenter offers the winning couple two envelopes.
One will be holding a card that says he has the £50,000 prize, the other will have nothing inside.
The contestant with the money envelope must then choose whether to keep the money or share it with their partner in a game of love or money.
So far, no one on Love Island has ever taken the full cash prize for themselves, and it’s unclear if that part of the finale will be kept.
Who are the previous winners of the show?
In the last series, Paige Turley and Finn Tapp were crowned champions and split the prize, using the funds to move in together.
In the fifth series, winner Amber Gill managed to couple over the past two weeks and claim the crown with Greg O’Shea, who dumped her via text message five weeks later.
Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham claimed the £50,000 win in 2018 but split less than a year later.
Amber Davies and Kem Cetinay won season three, Nathan and Cara De La Hoyde-Massey won season two, and Max Morley and Jess Hayes won the very first season.
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