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The Love Island 2022 teaser trailer can only mean one thing: hot girl summer is officially upon us


By Sarah Gill
07th May 2022

ITV

The Love Island 2022 teaser trailer can only mean one thing: hot girl summer is officially upon us

It looks like we’re in for yet another summer of getting overly invested in the escapades of reality TV stars — and we’re *so* ready for it.

Can I pull you for a chat?

There’s nothing quite like the alarming urgency of the Love Island theme tune to get you in the mood for a summer spent in front of the couch, watching soon-to-be celebs spend their summer in front of the pool.

Having just released a teaser trailer for season eight, we can expect the ITV reality dating show to hit ITV2 and Virgin Media One on Monday, 6 June, and will run for 10 lengthy weeks of flirty banter and (we assume) plenty of drama.

While the clip — posted to Instagram — gives nothing away, it does poke fun at other seaside dating shows of the same ilk, asserting itself as the top of the food chain with the tagline ‘Love, we own it’. Ex On The Beach eat your heart out.

Set to take place in an entirely new villa that we expect to be emblazoned with those familiar cursive phrases, day beds and the dreaded dog house, we’ve got high expectations for Love Island 2022.

Laura Whitmore is poised and ready to return to hosting duties, while her husband Iain Stirling will be back in the narration booth. Naturally, there are rumours in circulation about potential new islanders — namely a 22-year-old beautician and salon owner Sophie Draper — none will be officially confirmed until they come cruising into the villa this June.

Will the much-loved reality show revert to type this year, or will it aim to address some of the issues taken with it over the years? Season after season, Love Island is criticised for its lack of inclusivity, thinly veiled racism (come on, can everyone’s type be blonde hair and blue eyes?), and over-production.

As showrunners have begun to cherry pick potential contestants from Instagram, can we continue to delude ourselves into believing that the show was ever really about finding love? Or do we even really care, opting instead for the wonderful escapism of watching some of the UK and Ireland’s most buff and beautiful sweat it out on an island far, far away?

One thing’s for certain, if we don’t get a Maura Higgins-esque heroine and a GAA short wearing rural Irish lad, we will be gravely disappointed. No pressure!