Love Island 2024 dumps first Islander in Joey Essex twist

Love Island spoilers follow.

Love Island star Joey Essex has made his first decision since entering the villa as a shock bombshell.

The former The Only Way is Essex and Dancing on Ice star was revealed as the first “celebrity islander” of the 11th series in yesterday’s (June 3) launch show, with his castmates shocked at his arrival.

They had to get over their surprise quickly, however, with host Maya Jama laying the ground rules regarding his arrival. She revealed that the star would have 24 hours to get to know the girls before deciding on a coupling – but the twists weren’t over.

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Maya revealed that after the decision was made, the single boy would be immediately and ungraciously dumped from the island, leaving the six lads nervous about their fate.

After a day of seeking connections, the moment of truth came as the group gathered around the fire pit, with Joey opting to couple up with Samantha after saying they had the most "flirtatious chat" across the first day.

This meant that Sam Taylor was dumped from the villa after a single day, with the star receiving an instant text telling him to pack his bags. Despite sharing that he had "mixed emotions", he wished his fellow Islanders well as he departed.

More to follow...

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Love Island airs on ITV2 and streams on ITVX.

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