Latest Updates: Love Island 2020

Enter Rebecca Gormley

After the newest addition to the Love Island line-up, 21-year-old Rebecca Gormley entered the villa, social media was ablaze. Fans of the show flocked to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, expressing their surprise that the part-time model is only twenty-one! Debuting on Sunday night’s episode, the self-described “fearless” beauty queen, was crowned Miss Newcastle in 2018. Prior to her entry in the villa, Rebecca already mentioned that she has her eye on Connagh Howard, Callum Jones and Mike Boateng. However, she’s sure to ruffle some feathers when it comes to any one of the trio. Describing herself as an 8.5 out of 10, Rebecca seems to be up for the challenge. Yet, her entry is timed to perfection, as a gripped public watches on for a sure-fire drama set to ensue. While we saw Callum recouple with fiery Shaugnha Phillips on Friday, Mike has kept things steady with Leanne Amaning. Meanwhile, in one of the most shocking moves of the series thus far, Connaugh chose to “steal” Sophie Piper from Connor Durman on Friday’s episode.

 

 

Armed with a formidable strategy, Rebecca is eager to engage with her targets, “I need to chat to them. I haven’t seen enough of them to know how I’m going to approach it,” the former Miss Newcastle declared. The latest Love Island contestant’s accolades also include sixth place in the Miss England beauty contest, first place in the Bare Face Top Model contest of 2019 as well as a prize for Miss Charity in 2018. In her introduction she described being attracted to a “Jack the lad,” who has “got to be the centre of attention, easy to get along with.” The brunette beauty also added that her immediate turn off in a guy is “long nails!” With top-notch credentials and demands to match, who will be the lucky man to bag this beauty? We’ll have to wait and see!

Love Island 2020 – Ollie Quits the Villa!

The controversial Ollie Williams has sensationally left the villa and quit Love Island. Explaining his reasons to quit, in the Love Island Beach Hut, Ollie admitted her had feelings for someone and could not continue in the reality TV show. “I have to be honest with myself, and everyone, that I do still love someone else. I have to follow my heart in this scenario and it would be wrong for me to ignore those feelings. At the end of the day, this is Love Island and it’s about finding love. If I carried anything on with Paige, or any other girl that might come into the villa, it wouldn’t be fair on them,” the 23-year-old gushed.

Prior even to the show commencing, Ollie had polarised opinions. Following the emergence of photographs depicting him standing over animals that he had shot, public opinion towards him had soured. As the popular ITV2 series got underway, broadcasting regulator Ofcom received a total of 467, in the lead up to his exit. While the regulator confirmed receiving the complaints, a spokesperson affirmed, “We are assessing these complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.”

After just three days in the villa, it seems the millionaire will have just saved Ofcom a job. Heir to the Lanyhydrock Estate, Ollie is also a landowner, who hails from Cornwall. Despite claiming the title of Viscount Clifden, for his father, Lord of the Manor of Lanyhydrock, the National Trust challenged his claim to the land. Following a row with fellow contestant with whom he was partnered, 22-year-old Paige Turley, experts and show insiders have mused over the reasons behind his premature departure. Psychology expert Judi James posited, “His ego had taken a bruising since the moment he walked into the villa and I’m guessing her got out clutching the shreds of his pride before he took the walk of shame…”

Love Island 2020

We know you’ve all been waiting for it and it is finally back upon us, Love Island 2020 got off to a rip-roaring start last night. After a wait of almost six months, viewers gathered in their droves as the winter-time variant of the show returned to the screens. Despite drawing more than 2.5 million viewers, the show’s launch has proven to be less watched than the opening of the last summer series. 800,000 views down, to be exact, on last summer’s initial viewership of 3.3 million. Is this slump in ratings a sign of things to come? Has Love Island’s popularity reached its peaked? There’s only one way to find out…

In more concerning news from the popular ITV2 reality series, viewers were left unimpressed a mere hour into the show. Broadcasting regulator Ofcom received more than 270 complaints. Since then, a spokesperson has confirmed that they related to two incidents. 25-year-old beauty consultant Siannise Fudge was paired was 23-year-old Nas Majeed. Having described her friends referring to her as Princess Jasmine in a segment recorded for the programme, Fudge stated, “I love Princess Jasmine and he kind of looks like Aladdin.” The broadcasting regulator confirmed receiving 36 complaints about that incident. A total of 231 complaints were registered about the inclusion of 23-year-old Ollie Williams in the programme. After pictures of him posing next to a dead animal, which he had apparently killed, emerged prior to the airing of the programme, viewers threatened to boycott the show if he was included in the line-up.

The first wintertime airing of the highly popular reality TV show is being broadcast from a luxury villa in Cape Town, South Africa. With Cape Town’s murder rate soaring by 30 per cent in the last six years, the villa’s exact location is a closely guarded secret. Producers have also revealed that armed security forces have been put in as an extra precaution and will be patrolling the outskirts of the compound twenty-four hours a day.

Dancing On Ice: Meet the Contestants

Radzi Chinyanganya

Partnered with professional skater Jessica Hatfield, the Blue Peter joined the show as a last-minute replacement for the injured Michael Barrymore.

Caprice Bourret

The bombshell model and fashion brand owner is paired with professional partner Hamish Gaman. Through regular social media posts, Caprice has kept her fans updated about her progress.

Trisha Goddard

The sixty-one-year-old talk show host pairs up with professional partner Lucasz Rozycki. A mainstay on television for decades, Dancing On Ice is just another challenge on her list of accomplishments.

Ben Hanlin

TV presenter and street magician Ben has already admitted to not being able to skate. With professional partner Carlotta Edwards watching over him, we’re sure he’ll be fine. He’ll definitely be one to watch on this year’s competition!

Perri Kiely

Diversity’s iconic dancing star, Perri is no stranger to slick moves. However, how he’ll fare in the switch from dancefloor to ice will be the real challenge. Especially as former dance mate Ashley Banjo will be among the judges.

Lisa George

Paired up with Tom Naylor, the Coronation Street star has expressed how Dancing On Ice represents a challenge to her that she was eager to complete before turning 50. Good luck!

Ian Watkins (H from Steps)

Ian, or H, will be no stranger to the skills required to perform on ice. Alongside professional partner Matt Evers, the pair will make history as the first same-sex couple to dance together on the show.

Lucrezia Millarini

ITV newsreader Lucrezia will be under the professional tutelage of Brendyn Hatfield, but will her performances be good enough to make the headlines?

Maura Higgins

Popular Love Island 2019 contestant Maura will hit the ice alongside professional partner Alexander Demetriou. After winning over the nation on Love Island and presenting the agony aunt segment on This Morning, perhaps she’ll pip her rivals to the top spot in this year’s dancing competition?

Kevin Kilbane

With partner Brianne Delcourt, former professional footballer Kevin is hoping for a smooth transition, as he swaps the football boots for skates.

Libby Clegg

Paralympian gold medallist Libby will be making history as the first ever blind contestant in the show’s history. Alongside Mark Hanretty, Libby sees Dancing On Ice as a challenge to conquer. Kudos!

Joe Swash

Actor and presenter Joe Swash pairs up with professional skater Alexandra Schuman. A previous winner of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here, Joe can definitely win over the public. But, will his moves be able to win over the judges?

BBC Sports Personality of the Year

2007 – Joe Calzaghe – Boxing

Considered one of the greatest British boxers of all time, Joe Calzaghe was selected by the public for the prestigious BBC award in 2007. Following victory in two fights conducted on home soil, Calzaghe attracted the attention of the British public. On 7th April 2007, Calzaghe went up against Peter Manfredo Jr. before 35,000 fans in Cardiff, Wales. Following an onslaught which went without reply in the third round, the fight referee ordered a stop to the action. While some commentators questioned the decision, and others criticised the premature stoppage, the spectating public went into a frenzy. Following this spectacular victory, Calzaghe was pitted against undefeated WBA champion Mikkel Kessler. The fight was for the title of undisputed champion. On 4th November 2007, Calzaghe defeated Kessler by unanimous decision. He became the undisputed champion of the super-middleweight division. The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award crowned what was the biggest year in Calzaghe’s boxing career.

2014 – Lewis Hamilton – Formula One

Having won 209,920 of the 620,932, Lewis Hamilton took the biggest share of the votes for the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, with 34%. That year’s runner-up was Rory McIlroy, who received 20% of the votes. Hamilton’s success came after he had been runner-up to Joe Calzaghe, in the 2007 television award. Following on from Damon Hill (1994, 1996), Nigel Mansell (1986, 1992), Stirling Moss (1961) and Sir Jackie Stewart (1973), Hamilton became the fifth Formula One racing driver to win the award. The 2014 F1 championship was dominated by spirited competition between Mercedes teammates Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Culminating in the very last race of the season, Hamilton commanded the Abu Dhabi grand prix from the start, as Rosberg struggled with car problems. It was the second time Hamilton had won the F1 Drivers’ Championship.

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award Winners

1994 & 1996 – Damon Hill – Formula One

British Formula One legend Damon Hill is one of a select group of sports personalities to win the annual BBC award twice. During a year in which the Formula One world was flung into mourning by the death of Ayrton Senna, Hill was very close to winning the F1 World Championship. However, with Michael Schumacher hot on his trail, the decision rested on the final race of the season. In a controversial finish, both Schumacher and Hill failed to complete the race due to a collision, with some observers blaming Schumacher for causing the crash. Ultimately, Hill lost out to the German by a single point. Nevertheless, in recognition of his efforts the British public selected him as BBC Sports Personality of the Year. In 1996, Hill secured a total of eight grand prix wins and maintained his position on the front row of the starting grid, over the course of the season. With those wins, and consistent performances throughout the season, Hill won his first F1 World Championship title. Also, he became the third person to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award twice, following Nigel Mansall and Henry Cooper.

1999 – Lennox Lewis – Boxing

Between the late 1980s and early 1990s, new life was breathed into heavyweight boxing with the emergence of the precocious Mike Tyson. Following a lull in the division after the excitement of the Muhammad Ali era, heavyweight boxing resurged in the 1990s. During this time, Lennox Lewis rose to great prominence. Following decisive victories over Ray Mercer, Oliver McCall and Shannon Briggs in previous years, in 1999, Lewis clashed against Evander Holyfield. While the first bout between the two ended in a split decision draw, Lewis secured a unanimous decision victory against his formidable later that year. As a result, the British boxing legend retained the WBC and lineal heavyweight titles and won the WBA, IBF and IBO championships, becoming the undisputed and unified heavyweight champion. This rare feat was recognised by the British public, who selected him for that year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award Winners

1967 – Henry Cooper – Boxing

British heavyweight boxer and British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion, Henry Cooper is best remembered for his 1963 and 1966 clashes with Muhammad Ali. The first fight is remembered as featuring one of only four knockdowns suffered by Ali in his entire boxing career. Susceptible to cuts, Cooper was ultimately forced to withdraw from both fights due to excessive bleeding. Henry Cooper was the first person to be selected for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award by the public and is the only British boxer to be awarded a knighthood.

1981 – Ian Botham – Cricket

Hailed as one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of cricket, Botham’s public selection as BBC Sports Personality of the Year came after achieving the highpoint in his career. Having ascended to the captaincy, Botham’s form suffered greatly. In his last test as captain at Lord’s, during the historic 1981 Ashes series, Botham was dismissed for a duck in both innings. Resigned from the captaincy, Botham returned to the subsequent tests with an invigorated fire. At the legendary Headingley test match, England carved out a victory from certain defeat, after following on caused by a batting collapse. Botham exhibited a valiant batting display, achieving 149 not out. Additionally, at the final match at the Oval, Botham took a ten-wicket haul. England took the Ashes series victory, largely thanks to Botham’s efforts and he was named Man of the Series.

1986 – Nigel Mansell – Formula One

In one of the tightest Formula One World Championships in history, Nigel Mansell was edged into the runner-up’s position by Alain Prost in the final race of the F1 season. Missing out on the title at the Australian Grand Prix, Mansell’s setback came in sensational fashion, as his left-rear tyre exploded on the main straight with only 19 laps to go.