'Love Island' 2022: What time does it start? Who are the contestants?

Amber and Tasha at the Love Island villa. (ITV)
Amber and Tasha get ready for the new series of Love Island. (ITV) (ITV)

Love Island day is finally here, as a new series of the hit dating show kicks off at ITV2.

The poolside is prepped for drama and the singles are ready to fight for romance - but what time does it begin and who are we looking forward to seeing this year?

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Here's all you need to know about Love Island 2022.

What time does Love Island start tonight?

The contestants get to know each other. (ITV)
The contestants get to know each other. (ITV) (ITV)

Make sure you're settled on the sofa in time for tonight's (Monday, 6 June) launch episode, which begins at 9pm on ITV2.

You can also watch on ITV Hub and if the finish time of 10.35pm is a little too late for you on a Monday night, you'll be pleased to know episodes are available the morning after they air on BritBox.

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The launch episode is set to be a must-see, as not only do we meet the contestants and see them couple up, there'll also be a big twist when they're told they don't get to choose their partner as fans of the show have been voting to match them.

Just as things are settling down, the first bombshell arrives in the form of Davide...

Who is in the Love Island 2022 cast?

The Love Island 2022 cast. (ITV)
The Love Island 2022 cast. (ITV)

The ITV2 show is known for featuring a huge cast each year as more and more singles are added throughout the series.

However, the starting line-up is 10 contestants with an 11th added towards the end of the first episode.

The girls are Michael Owen's daughter Gemma Owen; first ever deaf contestant Tasha Ghouri; hotel waitress Indiyah Pollock; paramedic Paige Thorne; and nanny Amber Beckford.

Laura Whitmore at the Love Island villa
Love Island is back - but Laura Whitmore has a twist to reveal. (ITV) (ITV)

Hoping to be matched with them are boys estate agent Andrew Le Page; microbiologist Dami Hope; masters student Liam Llewellyn; pharmaceutical salesperson Ikenna Ekwonna; and fishmonger Luca Bish.

They'll be joined in episode one by bombshell Italian Davide Sanclimenti.

Hosting the show is Laura Whitmore, whose husband Iain Stirling is back to narrate.

Where is the Love Island 2022 villa?

Love Island villa
There's a new villa for this year's contestants. (ITV)

Since last series, the Love Island villa has been sold and is no longer available to film at.

This year we'll see a new villa, but in the same eastern, mountainous region of the island of Mallorca and crews have been working hard to get it TV ready.

Love Island bosses have said that the new villa has been designed to include plenty of areas for intimate chats, as well as a firepit "arena" style setting to ramp up the drama for recouplings and showdowns.

Who won Love Island 2021?

Millie Court and Liam Reardon attend Paco Rabanne: The Phantom Mission launch party for the new Paco Rabanne Phantom fragrance, in partnership with ID magazine, on September 24, 2021 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Paco Rabanne)
Millie Court and Liam Reardon won in 2021. (Getty Images for Paco Rabanne) (David M. Benett via Getty Images)

We're all about the 2022 couples now, but cast your mind back to last year and you might just remember which couple took home the cash prize.

It was of course Millie Court and Liam Reardon, although they had a rocky time on the show when he appeared to ditch her in favour of a bombshell after a stay at Casa Amor.

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Court can be seen in cartoon form on this year's series adverts, where she plays a piano in reference to her musical turn during the 2021 contest.

When is the Love Island 2022 final?

As yet, the date of the final hasn't been announced - but we can make a good guess at when it might be.

If the series runs at the same length as the past few it should be around 58 or 59 days long, putting the final in the first few days of August.

Love Island begins tonight, Monday 6 June at 9pm on ITV2.

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