Love Island has been slammed with hundreds of Ofcom complaints by angry fans, with some claiming that the final was rigged.
The winners of Love Island 2022 were crowned on Monday – with Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti winning the series ahead of Luca Bish and Gemma Owen and taking home the £50,000 prize.
Meanwhile, Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page finished in fourth place, and Indiyah Polack and Dami Hope were placed third.
A record number of people tuned in to watch the final, with 3.4million people witnessing Ekin-Su and Davide take the title, ITV confirmed.
The viewing figure was the most successful for Love Island in the past four years, marking the biggest finale for the programme since 2019.
But, fans weren’t happy with the news, as Ofcom confirmed that 180 calls were made from viewers unhappy with the final.
One fan took to Twitter to share their disgust: ‘Gemma and Luca? came second??? and not fourth??? no this is rigged I’m fuming man.’
Another penned: ‘I’m sorry but it’s been almost 48 hours and I’m still fuming that Gemma & Luca got 2nd place… Indiyah & Dami and Tasha & Andrew were done dirty. The votes were defo rigged.’
However, counteracting the claims it was ‘rigged’ by fans, the public vote was actually independently verified, and Ofcom are not actually investigating the complaints.
Over the series, Love Island has been hit with Ofcom complaints over various episodes.
Numerous allegations have been made regarding ‘bullying’ and ‘misogynistic’ behaviour in the villa.
Ofcom has also received complaints about the aftermath of the Mad Movies challenge, as well as the impact of Adam Collard’s return on former Islander Jacques O’Neill.
How many Ofcom complaints has Love Island had this year?
According to weekly audience reports on Ofcom’s website, Love Island 2022 has received a total of 5,525 complaints, as of the episode which aired on Monday, July 25.
In the final week, a further 286 complaints were made for Tuesday, July 26’s episode, and 180 after the final.
Most complaints have been made over the last few weeks, as opposed to the very start of the series in June.
Love Island: Aftersun has separately received a total of 427 complaints – after guest panellists made comments about Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu’s behaviour with bombshell George.
Ofcom reveals how many complaints each episode has had, but doesn’t reveal if a single episode has had less than 50 complaints – so it’s possible that the true number could be slightly higher.
The regulator also notes on its weekly reports: ‘Inclusion or omission of a programme on this list is not indicative that Ofcom is investigating the broadcast.
‘The number of complaints received is not an indication of how serious an issue is.’
Ekin-Su and Davide were the favourites to win for days, which came across in the final as they gained 63.69% of the public vote, ITV revealed.
In comparison, runners-up Gemma Owen and Luca Bish scored 14.47% of the final vote.
How did Ekin-Su and Davide’s win compare to past winners?
After it was confirmed Ekin-Su and Davide won 63.69% of the public vote in the Love Island 2021 final, here’s how the past winners compared…
- Love Island 2021: Millie Court and Liam Reardon – 42.02%
- Love Island 2020: Paige Turley and Finn Tapp – 44.52%
- Love Island 2019: Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea – 48.82%
- Love Island 2018: Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham – 79.66%
- Love Island 2017: Amber Davies and Kem Cetinay – no public data
- Love Island 2016: Cara De La Hoyde and Nathan Massey – 54%
- Love Island 2015: Jess Hayes and Max Morley – 42%
Meanwhile, Indiyah Polack and Dami Hope, who came third, received 11.77% of the vote, while Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page, who finished in fourth position, received 10.07%. of the vote.
Love Island is available to watch on ITV Hub.
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