The cast of Love Island 2022 were reunited on Thursday for the first time since leaving the villa, with plenty of funny, awkward and romantic moments discussed by show host Laura Whitmore for the annual reunion show.
And after reflecting on their once in a lifetime experience together, the cast let loose with a raucous afterparty hosted by Antigoni Buxton, with the group seen downing shots, dirty dancing and tucking into slices of pizza.
An array of Islanders who were unable to meet in the villa were brought together for the wild celebrations – yet the show’s finalists, Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, Davide Sanclimeni, Indiyah Polack, Dami Hope, Tasha Ghouri, Andrew Le Page, Gemma Owen and Luca Bish were nowhere to be seen at the celebrations.
Downing booze from the bottle, twerking with pizza slices and PLENTY of dirty dancing: The Love Island stars let loose at Antigoni Buxton’s wild reunion party on Thursday night – but why did the finalists snub the celebrations?
Earlier in the night it was reported that Coco Lodge and Summer Botwe got into a ‘very heated exchange’ during filming for the reunion show – which is set to be full of drama.
The reunion, which will air on Sunday night, was pre-recorded on Thursday evening with most of the 2022 cast in attendance.
And one audience member shared her experience on social media, claiming that producers had to ‘step in’ as the Casa Amor bombshells had an explosive row, which fans are convinced is over Josh Le Grove.
The fan wrote on Twitter: ‘Just been at the #LoveIslan reunion episode filming, very heated exchange between coco and summer production had to step in and close it down
‘Summer made a comment about friends not being real friends on the outside, and Coco was trying to defend herself by saying “It was all banter”, kept going back and forth over the boys (Josh & Billy) for a fair few minutes, production obvs had no idea of context from podcast ep.’
The ITV viewers then revealed Coco stormed off, with audience members encouraging her to return: ‘Coco left after that exchange and we had to cheer her to come back in…
‘Luca ran over to Jay, Charlie and antigonis table to get the gossip as the reaction on the sofa was a bit mad.’
Things recently turned frosty between the girls as they unfollowed each other after leaving the villa.
Fans believe the former friends are feuding after Coco made it known she had rejected Josh’s sexual advance – while he was thought to be dating Summer.
Coco appeared on the Saving Grace podcast, where she described Josh as ‘so fit’ and implied the pair of them nearly slept together after being dumped from the villa.
She revealed to host Grace Barry that after she and Josh were dumped they were placed in a nearby villa with two chaperones.
Grace immediately cut in to ask: ‘Did you sh*g him?’
Coco replied: ‘No and I’m actually annoyed because I feel like I could have now. Talking to him now after I’m like I feel like it could have happened.
‘He was like ‘Oh I’m horny’ and I was like right I’m gonna take myself to bed. But I don’t know why I did that because sorry he’s so fit’.
She went on: ‘But we are really close now, like we spend like every day, like all day together and I’m like just let me try once. I even say to him: “Just let me try once please Josh!”‘
This surprised fans who were under the impression that Coco was friends with Summer after being in Casa Amor with her.
Summer and Josh had appeared to confirm their relationship last week, when they stepped out hand-in-hand to The Prey gala screening on Tuesday.
The former Love Island stars hinted there was a spark between them when they were interviewed on Aftersun on Sunday by host Laura Whitmore, with the pair enjoying a date live on the show.
And after Josh declared he couldn’t ‘wait to see’ what happened between the pair during his Aftersun appearance, the pair put on a cosy display as they stepped out in the UK capital just 48 hours later.
Meanwhile, Love Island winners Ekin-Su and Davide were dressed to the nines as they posed for a glamorous picture together ahead of filming the reunion show.
The Turkish actress, looked incredible in a busty white dress ahead of heading to the set as she cosied up to the Italian hunk, also 27, who was dapper in an open shirt.
Also getting their glam on before the show were the other three finalist couples Tasha, Andrew, Dami , Indiyah , Gemma and Luca – who reunited on social media after claims of him being snubbed on her Instagram.
All smiles: Love Island winners Ekin-Su and Davide were dressed to the nines as they posed for a glamorous picture together ahead of filming the reunion show – but they opted to skip the afterparty hosted by Antigoni
Ekin wowed in her revealing number that had a thigh-split and showed off her tan and was teamed with bow silver heels.
She wore her honey tresses in loose waves over her shoulders while opting for a glamorous makeup look as she wrote in the caption: ‘Guess who’s back!’
Elsewhere dancer Tasha, 23, showed off her abs in a silver co-ord as she slipped into a crop top and high-waisted trousers with belt detailing.
Here we go! Also getting their glam on before the show were Gemma Owen and Luca Bish – who reunited on social media after claims of him being snubbed on her Instagram
Stunning: Elsewhere dancer Tasha, 23, showed off her abs in a silver co-ord as she slipped into a crop top and high-waisted trousers with belt detailing as she posed with Andrew ahead of the reunion show filming
Beside her estate agent Andrew Le Page, 27, held her and looked smart in a white T-shirt and navy chinos.
In a second shot shared to the their Instagram they packed on the PDA with a steamy kiss.
Dressage rider Gemma, 19, also took to her Stories as she travelled in a car to the reunion show with fishmonger Luca, 23, by her side.
She looked beautiful in a silk black slip dress and had her brunette tresses swept up into a sleek pony tail, a hairstyle which Luca complimented in the clip.
Luca looked smart in a black shirt as he posed next to Gemma while she filmed them together.
Earlier in the day Gemma showed off her getting ready process as she captioned a stunning selfie ‘Love Island Reunion Glam’ and asked fans how she should do her hair.
Lovely: Former hotel worker Indiyah, 23, took to her Stories too as she posed in a striking orange leather and feather dress while having hr hair and makeup done ahead of the reunion filming
Former hotel worker Indiyah, 23, took to her Stories too as she posed in a striking orange leather and feather dress while having hr hair and makeup done ahead of the reunion filming.
Earlier on Thursday Gemma posted her first Instagram picture since leaving the Love Island villa on Monday evening – and it didn’t feature her beau Luca.
The Love Island runner up posed for the solo shot after returning to her family home in North Wales, Lower Soughton Hall, a Grade II listed manor house near Mold.
While Luca was notably absent from the snap, he did comment on the post – finally admitting he was ‘punching’ with Gemma, after insisting he wasn’t.
Reunion: Dressage rider Gemma, 19, also took to her Stories as she travelled in a car to the reunion show with fishmonger Luca, 23, by her side
It came after Love Island fans spotted an apparent snub towards Luca from Gemma’s family on social media.
Following Gemma and Luca’s second-place finish, the fishmonger’s family were quick to congratulate the couple, posting a snap of them together with a gushing caption.
It read: ‘Thank you SO much from the bottom of our hearts for all of the support you’ve shown this gorgeous couple. So excited to continue watching your journey from the outside. You really did win by finding each other.’
This was in stark contrast to Gemma’s Instagram, which noticeably only posted solo snaps of the brunette beauty in the lead-up and following the final, with beau Luca noticeably absent.
Ekin-Su and Davide were crowned the winners of Love Island 2022 on Monday night, and voting figures have revealed they secured more than half of the public vote.
Across Sunday and Monday, viewers were able to vote for their favourite couple to be crowned as winners and go home with the £50,000 cash prize – which for the first time ever wasn’t offered as a ‘split or steal’ deal.
Glowing: Earlier in the day Gemma showed off her getting ready process as she captioned a stunning selfie ‘Love Island Reunion Glam’ and asked fans how she should do her hair
And final voting figures released by ITV have revealed that fan favourites Ekin-Su and Davide, both 27, secured a staggering 63.69 per cent of the public vote.
They won the ITV2 dating contest by a landslide as runners-up Gemma and Luca secured just 14.47 per cent of the viewers’ final votes.
Gemma and Luca followed behind as runners-up, while Indiyah and Dami came in third place and Tasha and Andrew were fourth.
Getting ready: Tasha shared her excitement for the reunion show filming as she shared another solo picture of her outfit
Incredible: Earlier in the day the blonde beauty showed off her hair and makeup being done by the pros
All smiles: Paige Thorne and Adam Collard also made their way to the reunion show together in a cab
After Ekin-Su and Davide’s landslide victory, the Essex-based actress has already been tipped to become the show’s highest earner in history.
She has already scooped £25,000 in prize money, and a source has told MailOnline she’s already being inundated with lucrative offers, meaning she could surpass multi-millionaire Molly-Mae Hague, 23, who was runner-up on the 2019 series, to become the show’s richest ever star.
Ekin-Su, who entered the villa on the third day as a bombshell, has already had a taste of the spotlight, having starred in Turkish soap operas and reality shows before entering the Love Island villa, and the brunette is now set to cash in with an estimated £1 million payday.
A source close to Ekin-Su told MailOnline: ‘We’ve never seen the likes of the deals that are already coming through the door. It’s not just your typical reality TV fodder.
‘She’s absolutely inundated with lucrative offers from brands and they’re prepared to pay big money to get her onboard. She’s going to be the new Molly-Mae Hague!’
In the studios: Danica and Jamie also posed together for a sweet selfie ahead of filming the show
In the studio! Dami shared a clip to his Instagram Story as he got ready for the reunion show too
Commanding attention: Indiyah made sure all eyes would be on her in the orange dress as she shared a pre-show selfie
Back together: Paige and Adam looked as loved-up as ever as they posed together in the back of the car
Popular: Ekin-Su and Davide were crowned the winners of Love Island 2022 on Monday, and voting figures revealed they secured more than half of the public vote