Love Island reunion shows: 7 totally iconic moments

As await the winter Love Island 2023 reunion

Maya Jama

by Ben Pulsford |
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If you watch a Love Island series without tuning into the climatic reunion show that follows, do you even watch Love Island?

No. No, you do not.

As this year's series is coming to an end TONIGHT (Monday 13 March) as we crown our winners, we have to wonder what the Love Island 2023 reunion show will have in store.

Will Martin Akinola and his popcorn show up to cause some chaos for Shaq Muhammad and Tanya Manhenga? Will Layla Al-Momani have an opinion she needs to vocalise on absolutely everything because well, why the hell not?

We can only dream at this point.

When is the Love Island 2023 reunion?

The Love Island 2023 reunion show airs Sunday 19 March 19 and you can still apply for tickets online should you wish to witness the shouting and confrontation firsthand. As with all things Love Island, you'll be able to watch it on ITV2 and on ITVX.

The most iconic moments from Love Island reunion shows

Just to remind ourselves how iconic the Love Island reunion can be, are we’ve put together a rather iconic list (if we do say so ourselves) of the seven most iconic moments from Love Island reunion shows. Yes, we know, we've said iconic a lot, but it really is THAT good. How did we pick just seven, we hear you ask? We’re really good at our jobs, that’s how.

We sat through hours and hours (or in the case of the Love Island 2021 reunion, minutes and minutes) of simply iconic footage from countless reunion shows to highlight the seven most iconic moments in reunion history. How iconic does that sound?

We’ll start from number seven and work our way up to number one, because it’s dead dramatic like…

Ellie Brown and Charlie Brake’s feud (inc angry tears)

You know, the one with all the furious tears. Bless, it wasn’t an easy watch - especially at Christmas time. This reunion was aptly called the Love Island: The Christmas Reunion and there was DRAMA under the Christmas tree – so much of it. A particularly iconic gift came from former Love Island 2018 couple Ellie Brown and Charlie Brake.

Georgia Steel telling Sam Bird she’s “loyal” Love Island 2018

Such commitment. Another iconic moment from this iconic reunion episode (it was essentially a regular juicy episode with more furs and seasonal mood lighting). In short, Sam Bird claimed he had proof Georgia Steel had cheated on him – which inevitably ended the relationship. Fast forward to Christmas and Georgia was still standing by her “loyal” nature.

Laura Whitmore kicking off after fans moaned about the Love Island reunion 2021

Fans dubbed the S7 Love Island reunion as ‘boring’, ‘awkward’ and ‘cringe’. Come on, guys – it was only kind of all of those things. In fact, Shannon Singh calling the reunion a “waste of time” / “no need” on her Instagram Stories shortly after leaving the studio.

Fans also questioned why fourth place couple Kaz Kamwiand Tyler Cruickshank weren’t interviewed on the sofa like the other finalists and were instead sat among the rest of the Islanders in the audience.

However, Laura Whitmore wasn’t taking any criticism lying down and took to her Instagram story to set the record straight, right away.

She said, “Shall I clarify a few other things?

“Hundreds of people work on Love Island. My job is not to organise seating arrangements. I barely know what seat I’m sitting in before the show as set changes so much 🙄.”

Laura continued: “We invited Kaz to sit with Toby for his exes segment but she didn’t want to and it’s her choice to make. Everything is run through with the Islanders beforehand. It’s all about choice.

“I only ask questions that are pre-approved by the compliance division. A lot of meetings happen before I see the script and then I can add my own voice.”

Shade rattle

When Anton Danyluk had to explain why he unfollowed Molly-Mae Hague on Instagram

If you watched The Blair Witch Project all those years ago, you probably watched this reunion moment in a similar fashion – hiding inbetween sweaty fingers as Anton Danyluk tries co explain why he unfollowed Love Island 2019 runner up Molly May Hague on social media. Get those fingers ready:

It’s the continuous hole digging for us.

Love Island Christmas reunion: Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer cook a turkey

As we said, this number one moment is not up for debate.

Away from all the drama of that Christmas reunion, winners of Love Island 2018, Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer cooked Christmas dinner for all of the Islanders and it was equally wholesome as it was hilarious.

We play it every Christmas.

Summer Botwe and Coco Lodge drama

The Love Island 2022 reunion gave us the awkward AF moment Summer Botwe called out Coco Lodge for apparently going after Josh Le Grove.

Davide Sanclimenti watches Ekin-Su crawl across the terrace

It was an iconic moment for us all to watch as Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu crawled across the terrace in order to get it on with Jay Younger but less so for Davide Sanclimenti.

During the reunion Davide had not yet seen the notorious terrace scene, cue an extremely hilarious yet awkward moment when he was shown the footage.

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