Clear your schedule, because your new obsession has arrived. The UK’s latest import is the dating reality series Love Island (Monday to Friday at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), which places a group of sexy singles in a stunning beach house on a picturesque island and gives them the chance to find love and win $100,000. You can’t buy love, but on Love Island, you can find it and take home an oversized cheque.
Tuesday’s premiere episode introduced viewers to the 10 singles who immediately coupled up after spending a few seconds standing 10 feet apart from one another, which was all the time they needed to pick their ideal mate. It’s like choosing dodge ball teams in elementary school except the stakes are way higher and the uniforms are much more revealing.
We first met Caro, who talks a lot about embracing her hair, which we totally get—she’s got amazing hair—and Alexandra, who is a big believer in girl code (something we have a feeling will be tested this season). Elizabeth is a good girlfriend but is dramatic, a trait we’ll be expecting to take different forms this season.
Mallory has been ghosted more than once and as a result now worries she’s giving off the wrong vibe. She has, on the other hand, already saved pictures of her wedding dress and picked out her kids’ names, something she may want to keep on the DL for at least a few days.
According to Alana she has a nice personality and a nice butt (facts are facts). She’s also never had a boyfriend but has been in “situationships.” Girl, we feel you.
As for the men, there’s Cashel, who likes to talk about silly stuff and philosophy. He’s a musician, but you could have probably guessed that. He’s never used a dating app and wants to find someone the organic way. You know, like on a reality dating show.
Yamen probably said some things, but we were distracted by his thighs. The muscles had muscles, which also had muscles. His thinks his “geniuninity” (his fake word) will draw women to him. He doesn’t care if the woman of his dreams has purple legs because it’s all about personality.
Then there’s Zac, who works at a grocery store and lives with his mom and sisters. He also tries to meet girls organically, which could mean near the organic vegetables. We’re not totally sure.
Weston is a cowboy who opens doors for ladies and built his own house and can probably turn his appearance on Love Island into his own HGTV show if the love thing doesn’t work out.
Finally, there’s Michael, who is a model that literally woke up like this and believes that his good looks are a blessing and a curse. #Relatable. He’s vegan by choice, which we guess means it’s not court-ordered, and he’s looking for a beauty with a nice booty.
After all the singles had coupled up, they were introduced to newcomer Kyra, who spent the evening getting to know the couples. The episode ended only seconds before Kyra revealed which guy she wants to be in a couple with, a decision that we imagine will bring the first of many tropical storms to Love Island.
THAT AWKWARD MOMENT
We thought that no one stepping forward for Cashel was the most awkward moment of the night, but this was actually the kickoff to a trifecta of awkwardness after his partner Caro stepped forward not once, but twice for other men. We’re glad Cashel eventually got a Caro-kiss, because that was a rough start.
THE IT’S-GETTING-HOT-IN-HERE MOMENT
Cashel and Caro are so far the only couple to put their shared bed to good use, with the pair keeping the romance alive in a nighttime cuddle session while the other couples seemed to have fast-forwarded to the stage in the relationship where you ditch the sexy lingerie for an oversized free charity run t-shirt and fall asleep snoring because of your medical mouthguard.
THE KISS COUNT
Two. We’re only two days into our stay on Love Island so understandably everyone is going light on the pecks. Both kisses go to Cashel and Caro, who nuzzled necks and had their first kiss.
We’ll have to wait until Wednesday night to find out who Kyra chose, but the current couple status is:
Cashel and Caro
Michael and Alexandra
Zac and Elizabeth
Yamen and Alana
Weston and Mallory
WHO WE’RE SHIPPING
Our fave couple this episode was Cashel and Caro because so far, they’re the only pair who seem to have a spark. Also, we’re worried about Caro’s reaction if Cashel ends up jumping relation-ship for Kyra. Prayer circle for Cashel and Caro.
Alana is definitely not getting enough credit for the brilliant line, “I’m gonna work on my situation with Yamen and he’s gonna become my bae-men.”
Watch new episodes of Love Island five nights a week at 8 p.m. ET on CTV and check out the companion show Love Island Aftersun on Saturdays at 8pmET to unpack all of the week’s highs and lows. Check out must-see moments, vote for your favourite couple, and experience exclusive content on the Love Island app.