‘First meme of the season’: Love Island kicks off with a new batch of hilarious viral Twitter jokes from Olivia’s side eye to Will being a Hugo 2.0
While Love Island is one of TV’s most popular shows, it also dominates social media, with fans regularly sharing their opinions on the action in real time.
And as the first episode of the ITV2 show’s 2023 winter series was aired on Monday night, quick-witted viewers flocked to Twitter to share a string of hilarious memes.
From farmer Will’s awkward flirting to Olivia’s glaring side eye, it appeared that every detail of the night’s proceedings inspired a comedic response.
When it was Olivia’s turn to choose a boy to couple up with, she chose Kai, despite him not stepping forward for her.
She came to regret the decision when, Kai stepped forward for Tanyel, causing Olivia to give him the daggers and frostily remark: ‘It is what it is’.
Viewers jumped on the hilarious moment, with one declaring her side eye to be the ‘first meme of the season’.
Another wrote: ‘LOOOOOOL the daggers are killing me’.
Major shade: Viewers jumped on the hilarious moment, with one declaring her side eye to be the ‘first meme of the season’
While a third said: ‘Nah Olivia made herself into a meme already. That side eye was brazy’.
Will also fared badly, with viewers quickly picking up on some similarities with old contestants – in particular, Hugo Hammond.
The 23-year-old’s debut did not go as planned after he did not get picked by any of the girls during the first coupling of the series.
The farmer repeatedly stepped forward for the single ladies, but he remained unselected to couple up with and viewers have since claimed the islander is the new ‘Hugo 2.0’.
Awkward: Fellow islander Will Young also fared badly, with viewers quickly picking up on some similarities with old contestants – in particular, Hugo Hammond
One user wrote: ‘I feel SICK watching the Hugo 2.0 show’, while another said, ‘the more I watch the more Will is giving Hugo Hammond vibes’.
Will was also compared to other contestants as a viewer suggested: ‘Will walking in the footsteps of Dr. Alex and Hugo’.
Another agreed: ‘Will, Andrew and Hugo are the same people just in different bodies’.
And a third asked: ‘is will related to curtis pritchard in any way’.
Comparisons: One user wrote: ‘I feel SICK watching the Hugo 2.0 show’, while another said, ‘the more I watch the more Will is giving Hugo Hammond vibes’
Viewers also picked up on Will’s compliments, saying: ‘Will dished out his 5th compliment in 4 minutes and still hasn’t been picked. Not another Hugo’.
Fans also mocked him for his profession, joking that he was better suited to his sheep.
After Olivia told him she had no tattoo and was a ‘clean sheet’, he interrupted to say: ‘A clean sheep?’
One fan declared: ‘SEND THIS MAN BACK TO HIS FARMS’.
Ouch: Fans also mocked him for his profession, joking that he was better suited to his sheep
While another echoed: ‘You can tell will doesn’t get a lot of human interaction on that farm. Old Macdonald had no b*****s’.
And a third joked that the glitches in the first episode were Will’s flock’s fault, saying: ‘The devil works hard but Will’s Sheep are working harder, chewing the tv cables. they don’t wanna see they daddy suffer anymore’.
Haris didn’t do much better, with people coming after his eyebrows and his mum’s claim that he looks like Cristiano Ronaldo.
Brutal: Haris didn’t do much better, with people coming after his eyebrows and his mum’s claim that he looks like Cristiano Ronaldo
They also took umbrage with the boxer’s repeated assertion that he had never had a girlfriend.
Eagle-eyed fans took to Twitter to call out Haris after discovering loved-up videos his ex-girlfriend Courtney Hodgson had posted on TikTok.
One wrote: ‘nahhh not Haris saying he’s never had a relationship + never brought a girl back to his #LoveIsland’ (sic).
A second tweeted : ‘Can Haris please stop openly disrespecting his ex by saying he’s never had a relationship, there’s videos of them on holidays all over TikTok. What a slime.’
Awkward: Haris’ ex Courtney had posted a slew of loved-up videos on her TikTok
Another said: ‘Love Island finishes, open TikTok, first video – Haris and his ex Mr I’ve never had a relationship this algorithm.’
A third fan chimed: ‘Not Haris being exposed for lying about having a relationship already, Twitter working harder than the FBI as always’.
‘Haris sitting there saying he hasn’t ever been in a relationship, when his ‘ex’ has exposed his dumb a*s already!’, another wrote.
And a fifth said: ‘Single for 3 months??? My guy was in a relationship when he applied’.
Unimpressed: One wrote: ‘Can Haris please stop openly disrespecting his ex by saying he’s never had a relationship, there’s videos of them on holidays all over TikTok. What a slime’
Host Maya Jama also was at the centre of many memes, after fans declared she was ‘outshining the other contestants’.
One said: ‘love island producers escorting me off the premises after i refuse to couple up with anyone other than maya jama’.
And another pointed out: ‘The Love Island host shouldn’t be the sexiest in the villa’.
A third agreed, writing: ‘The boys this whole season. One eye on the girls, the other firmly on Maya Jama.’
While someone else echoed: ‘No I am sorry they cannot be sending Maya in looking like THAT. Diabolical. Can you imagine spending all night trying to look fit and she comes in’.
Showstopper: Host Maya Jama also was at the centre of many memes, after fans declared she was ‘outshining the other contestants’
Previous contestant Ikenna even joined in, tweeting: ‘who gon stop me if I step forward for maya’.
Meanwhile, Kai, 24, was also mocked by viewers for using the term ‘wifey for lifey’ before switching between three single ladies during the first coupling of the series.
The semi-pro rugby claimed to Maya that he has entered the South African villa on the hunt for the real deal, but fans of the show were quick to call him out for using the ‘cringeworthy’ slogan.
Taking to Twitter, viewers did not hold back, with one writing: ‘“Wifey for lifey” the way I GAGGED #LoveIsland,’ while another admitted: ‘“Wifey for lifey” I just threw up my dinner thanks babe x #LoveIsland.’
‘Looking for wifey on Love Island? Stop lyingggggg through your pearly veneers mate,’ pleaded someone else, as another person insisted: ‘sorry but the lads are soooo dry on love island, a grown man saying “wifey for lifey”.’
‘This “wifey 4 lifey” thing better not the slogan for this series. I will not tolerate 8 weeks of grown men talking like teenage boys. #LoveIsland,’ fumed one viewer.
Someone else tweeted: ‘”I just wanna try all the flavours and see which one is a wifey for lifey” go home right now #LoveIsland.’
‘Going to love island for a wifey, be for real #LoveIsland,’ begged one fan of the show, while another wrote: ‘talking about wifey when all u want is the brand deals #LoveIsland.’
Someone else tweeted: ‘The lingo these boys are using ‘birds’ ‘wifey for lifey’ like boys pleaseeee the cringe factor is too highhh #LoveIsland,’ with someone else commenting: ‘ew he did not just say wifey for lifey #loveisland.’
What? The semi-pro rugby claimed to new host Maya Jama that he has entered the South African villa on the hunt for the real deal, but fans of the show were quick to call him out
Unimpressed: Taking to Twitter, viewers did not hold back
Viewers were later convinced that newcomer Tanyel is Turkish actress Ekin-Su Culculoglu’s long lost sister, as they pointed out their striking resemblance.
Taking to Twitter during the hairstylist’s first few minutes on the ITV2 show, fans noted that she could be the former winner’s twin, adding that producers did a ‘copy and paste’ job.
Viewers insisted that the north Londoner is a double for last summer’s Love Island winner Ekin-Su, with her caramel highlighted locks and olive complexion.
Striking resemblance: On Monday night, Love Island viewers were left convinced that newcomer Tanyel Revan, 26, is Turkish actress Ekin-Su Culculoglu’s long lost sister
OMG! Viewers insisted that the north Londoner is a double for last summer’s Love Island winner Ekin-Su, with her caramel highlighted locks and olive complexion
One person tweeted:’ Tanyel is Ekin-Su’s long lost sister IM TELLING YOU!! #LoveIsland,’ with another asking: ‘Is Tanyel ekin-su’s long lost sister?? #LoveIsland.’
‘Love island really said let’s Copy and Paste Ekin-Su for Tanyel #loveisland,’ added a third person while someone else insisted: ‘Tanyel was copied and pasted from Ekin-su #LoveIsland.’
One fan of the show noted: ‘Tanyel is literally an Ekin-Su clone bro #LoveIsland,’ as another tweeted: ‘Tanyel is literally Ekin-Su’s twin #LoveIsland.’
Fan reaction: Taking to Twitter during the hairstylist’s first few minutes on the show, fans noted that she could be the former winner’s twin, adding that producers did a ‘copy and paste’ job
LOVE ISLAND 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Tanya Manhenga
Occupation: Student and model
Something not many people know about her: ‘I have Vitiligo, which is a skin pigmentation, you may not even notice it.’
‘It’s on my lip and I have a stripe on my hair. Not many people know that but I think it’s quite cute.’
‘I don’t care about covering it up all the time, I think it’s a vibe.’
Name: Lana Jenkins
Occupation: Makeup artist
Something not many people know about her: ‘In my work as a makeup artist I’ve worked with lots of celebrities.
‘Also, when I was 6-years-old I used to live in Spain and I was in an episode of Benidorm as an extra.’
Name: Anna-May Robey
Occupation: Payroll assistant
Something not many people know about her: ‘I went on a date once and I never saw him again.’
‘We went for food and shared a bottle of wine. As I was speaking to him he fell asleep!’
‘I had to clink his wine glass to wake him up.’
Name: Tanyel Revan
Location: North London
Occupation: Hair stylist
Something not many people know about her: ‘My celebrity crush is Channing Tatum – I don’t like pretty boys, they give me the ‘ick’ because they always have a crap personality.’
‘Channing Tatum is handsome but not too pretty. He’s manly and he can dance.’
‘If a man can dance I’m in love with him straight away.’
Name: Olivia Hawkins
Occupation: Ring girl and actress
Something not many people know about her: ‘I did a film with Jason Statham and had a nice 10-minute convo about life.’
‘I’ve been a ring girl for KSI, I played a waitress in James Bond with Daniel Craig and I’ve also been a body double for Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson.’
Name: Tom Clare
Occupation: Semi-Pro Footballer
Something not many people know about him: I’m a High School Musical fan
Name: Kai Fagan
Occupation: Science and PE teacher
Something not many people know about him: ‘I’m a Jamaican citizen. Because of that I played rugby 7s for Jamaica.’
‘I play semi-professional rugby now for Burnage RFC.’
‘I’ve technically got three different degrees and went to three different unis.’
Name: Ron Hall
Occupation: Financial advisor
Something not many people know about him: ‘On meeting me, you’d never know I am blind in one eye.’
‘It was the result of a football injury when I was 8. I’ve got two different coloured eyes, one blue and one green.’
Name: Will Young
Something not many people know about him: ‘Every night I light a candle and meditate for 20-25 minutes.’
‘A girl I was seeing told me to meditate, I tried it and loved it. I stopped seeing her and carried on meditating!
‘It’s a nice way to self reflect.’
Name: Shaq Muhammad
Occupation: Airport security officer
Something not many people know about him: ‘I’m a very emotional person. It can be a blessing and a curse.’
‘Every time I watch Dear John I cry.
That’s my favourite film. Any time I’m with someone and they say, ‘Let’s watch a romantic film’, I’m like, ‘How about Dear John, how does that sound?’
Name: Haris Namani
Occupation: TV salesman
Something not many people know about him: ‘I’ve never found love. I think this is the show that can help me.’
‘It’s the best opportunity for me to find the girl and find the right one. I’ve obviously not found the right one myself.’
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