Love Island 2020: cast, start date, final and who won

The winter series ended in February 2020

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by Louella Berryman |

Love Island 2020 (affectionately dubbed the winter series) only took place over six weeks in January but bombshells arrived and caused a stir, Islanders were arguing and heads turned all over the place.

The winter version of the reality show that took place in South Africa was first confirmed shortly after Love Island 2019 and there was a lot of speculation around the spin off series.

Who are the Love Island 2020 contestants? What was so different about Winter Love Island and why did it happen? And who won? Are just a few of the questions fans have googled.

So we've done a little digging - classic us - to find out the answer to those need-to-know questions...

Who won Love Island 2020?

After six weeks watching the Islanders attempt to find love in the villa Paige Turley and Finley Tapp were crowned the Love Island 2020 winners.

Runners up were Siannise Fudge and Luke Trotman and in third place were Demi Jones and Luke Mabbott and fourth place was given to Jess Gale and Ched Uzor.

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Paige and Finn won Love Island 2020 ©ITV

What was so different about Winter Love Island?

Instead of the now iconic 'summer of love', bosses felt there was enough scope for anything Love Island that they tried their luck at a version that took place in the winter. Who wouldn't want a whole bag of Love Island. Autumn and Spring Love Islands? Just saying.

The show was also filmed in South Africa, making a welcome change from the normal Spanish villa.

Check out: Love Island 2020 Contestants - where are they now?

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Love Island 2020 Contestants - Where Are They Now?

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After failing to find love in the villa (she famously got the 'ick' whilst with Mike Boateng), Leanne's time on the island was cut relatively short in a cruel dumping.

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Fast forward a year and Leanne has admitted that she was at her 'happiest' before going into the villa. In a Instagram Q&A in 2020, Leanne told fans that appearing on Love Island has taken a toll on her mental health, '[it affected it] more than I thought, more than I could imagine.'

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After a few failed romances, Bristol babe Siânnise Fudge found her Aladdin in the villa in the shape of boyfriend Luke Trotman.

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However, after moving into together and even becoming parents to a dog, Nala, Luke and Siânnise shocked the nation when they finally revealed they had split in October 2021.

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A Love Island first, identical twins Eve and Jess caused fireworks when they walked into the villa. Although Eve's journey was cut short, Jess managed to make her way to the final and finished in fourth place with now ex-boyfriend Ched Evans.

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Since the show ended, the pair still do everything together, from travelling the world to posing together in sexy shoots. They're still very much joined at the hip.

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Leaving with her head high after the whole Callum/Molly Casa Amor drams, Shaughna is still one of the stand out stars of the winter series in South Africa, and has since gone on to star on Celebs Go Virtual Dating.

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Always keeping it real, Shaughna bravely opened up about suffering from an eating disorder and the results of liposuction surgery on her legs. She's full of LOLs of Twitter and is still the Shaughna we all fell in love with. Has she found love yet?

We believe so, but she keeps the identity of her secret boyfriend a big secret.

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Will we ever forget Sophie's infectious laugh and infamous put downs in awkward situation? The beauty, who is the sister of pop star and TV presenter Rochelle Humes, became the seventh Islander to be dumped from the villa halfway through the series.

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Since the show, Sophie has racked up 800k Instagram followers. She has continued to work as a model and influencer for the likes of Pretty Little Thing, Boux Avenue and JD Sports.

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The winner takes it all! Scottish babe and aspiring singer Paige walked away the winner of Love Island 2020. She well and truly found her prince!

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Despite enduring a hard period over lockdown they're still madly in love almost two years later. Aww! And despite EVERYONE wanting another Love Island wedding, the pair recently admitted that they want to do things in their 'own time'.

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Hunky police officer Mike Boateng left the Love Island villa with a smile as he confessed his love for Priscilla Anyabu, but it took a while for him to find his princess.

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The pair instantly made things official when they left the villa but despite moving in together, the pair split in 2021 and Mike went on to

appear on Celebrity Ex On The Beach.

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Jet-setter Connor went into Love Island to settle down, but after a six-month-long romance with Sophie Piper he is now single again.

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However, he's still got a smile on his face (how could he not) as his coffee business is booming - even through lockdown - and his Instagram following is bigger than ever. That's what we like to see!

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Scaffolder Callum become a little bit of a Love Island villian when he dramatically dumped Shaughna and chose to return from Casa Amor with Molly Smith.

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However, it looks like his risky move was worth it as the Manchester duo survived the lockdown and have moved in together - he even spoke to exclusively to us about marriage and babies. Adorable. Talk about proving everyone wrong!

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After a few pies and a brief snog with Demi Jones, Nas got his Love Island wish granted when he walked in Casa Amor and met Eva Zapico.

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Even though they left very soon after they returned to the main villa, Nas and Eva are still stronger than ever and are another couple to survive any sort of Love Island curse. They even sassily hit back at split rumours in the funniest way last year

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Oh Ollie! His time on Love Island was very brief and surrounded in controversy. From those pictures of him hunting to rumours that he was only on the show for exposure as he left after three days after realising he was still in love with his ex-girlfriend Laura.

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Since reuniting with his ex-girlfriend Laura soon after the show, Ollie has enjoyed the quiet life. It's not known if Ollie is still loved up with Laura, they last posted a Insta snap together in March 2022.

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Oh Finley! As well as bagging true love in the form of girlfriend Paige Turley and WINNING the show, the whole nation fell a little bit in love with this cheeky chap.

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After spending a whole year together, Finn recently revealed to heat that his relationship with Paige went from strength to strength during lockdown because 'he was already used to the intensity of spending every minute with Paige. When you put it like that!

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Connagh, 27, dumped from the Love Island villa. The hunk, 27, bid a sad farewell to South Africa on Friday's show after just a few weeks despite sharing a kiss with Rebecca Gormley days earlier, who chose Luke Trotman over him.

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The model's career as a model and person trainer has rocketed since appearing on the show as he has used the exposure to his advantage. He's also gained a HUGE following on Tik Tok AND found love with girlfriend Beth Dunlavey.

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The Geordie babe was a little bit picky in the Love Island villa, but finally found her man, fellow Islander Chris Biggs, after leaving the show.

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Rebecca and Biggs split in August 2021 after a year of dating.

“We broke up because we want different things. Rebecca’s more of a party girl, but I want a family and business and just to work work work,” Biggs told The Sun.“I want that ‘couple goals’ life where we both work hard together and build an amazing family.”

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Justin Bieber lookalike Luke managed to reach the final of the show with Demi Jones, and although we all thought they were the real deal, the pair parted ways at the start of lockdown after living apart for months.

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Despite being locked down, Luke soon moved on with another Islander, Lucie Donlan, and they are now engaged after being together for almost a year. Luke has revealed a huge tattoo tribute to his girlfriend after almost a year of dating and they have even adopted an adorable rescue dog called Bunny

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Student Luke walked out of Love Island hand in hand with girlfriend Siannise and started their fairytale together.

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Since leaving the show, Luke decided to head back to university to finish his Banking, Finance, and Management degree. We love a guy who thinks beyond the PAs and hashtag ads.

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Even though she was super unlucky in love in the villa, Demi's infectious personality has made her a stand out star in her own right.

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Since the show, she's landed deals with Missguided and is a brand ambassador @tatti_lashes. However, in May 2021, Demi revealed to the world that she has thyroid cancer and announced that she will have to undergo surgery. Ever the optimist though, Demi shared the amazing news with fans earlier this year that she is ow cancer free.

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Scottish personal trainer Wallace entered Love Island towards the end, but he still made an impression, although not quite enough to leave with a lady on his arm.

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Outside the villa, Wallace in focusing on his personal training back home, is he still on the lookout for love? Who knows, he likes to play it coy.

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Beefcake Ched left the villa arm in arm with Jess Gale, and things were going swimmingly until the coronavirus pandemic hit and they went their separate ways in an 'impossible situation'.

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Since the split, Ched and Jess haven't reconciled and it looks like he's currently still single.

Love Island 2020 Casa Amor

During our favourite time of Love Island - Casa Amor - we saw 12 new Islanders (six boys and six girls) arrive in South Africa and turn some heads.

Callum Jones fell head over heels for newbie Molly Smith, Nas Majeed recoupled with Eva Zapico, Eve started seeing Ched, Mike Boateng got together with Priscilla Anyabu and Rebecca Gormley and Jordan Waobikeze became a thing.

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The boys have packed for Casa Amor ©ITV

When did Love Island 2020 start?

The VERY FIRST Love Island filmed in the winter was announced at the end of the 2019 summer series but it wasn't until 12 January 2020 that we finally met the stars in their new island home in South Africa (yes, we know it's not an island).

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How long was Love Island 2020 on for?

A source confirmed that the show would have a shorter run than the traditional summer version.

"It has been decided that the show will run for six weeks instead of the usual eight.

"The new cast of singletons fly out just days before the launch but bosses work with test Islanders to uncover the best spots in the villa to create drama," they told the Daily Mail.

Because of the short stint the final happened on February 23 2020.

Love Island's Demi Jones

Shortly after Connor Durman was booted from the villa Demi arrived alongside Wallace. However in the real world she's a style advisor at a boutique from Portsmouth. Before joining the ITV show she's teased that she has her "eyes" on Nas Majeed and Finley Tapp.

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Demi and Wallace are heading in tonight ©ITV

Who is Wallace Wilson?

Wallace took a particular liking to Siânnise and Rebecca but it wasn't meant to be. The 24-year-old - from Inverness - is a personal trainer.

When did Sophie Piper leave Love Island?

Rochelle Humes' younger sister was booted from the villa after the rest of the Islanders voted for her and Wallace to leave.

However there was speculation before her exit that she had secret left because during the Las Vegas challenge a lot of viewers couldn't help but notice that Sophie was absent from all the fun.

Everyone was relieved when it came to light that she hasn't left the villa instead, Iain Stirling explained that she wouldn't be partaking in the challenge because she was "sick". It comes after the boys were struck down by a secret virus that did not air on TV.

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Why did Ollie Williams leave Love Island?

Love Island viewers were shocked when it came to light that Ollie Williams had left the Love Island villa after just three days.

While Ollie claims he realised that he was still in love with his ex-girlfriend and had to go home, former Islander Olivia Attwood slammed his 'fairytale' reason for leaving the show.

Callum Macleod also left fans in stitches after poking fun at his departure, however many other fans have speculated whether pictures of him posing alongside dead animals surfacing online had something to do with his sudden exit.

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Ollie became the first contestant to leave this series ©ITV

Ollie has since released a statement and shut down any speculation surrounding his exit.

"I had no knowledge of the stories until I had left the Love Island villa and all cast members are unaware of any news stories while they are on the programme.

"My reasons for leaving Love Island are as communicated on the show. I did not shoot any of the animals shown in the photographs nor have I ever shot as a trophy hunter."

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Why was there a Love Island winter version?

According to reports, the winter version of the nation's favourite dating show will attempt to fill the reality TV gap left by Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother, which aired its last ever season in 2018.

An insider told The Sun, "After the flop of Survival of the Fittest producers want to keep the format simple and mop up the gaping hole Celebrity Big Brother left reality TV hungry audiences.

"Winter Love Island makes sense as fans adore the drama and love triangles and everyone wants to enjoy a bit of sun on screens in the cold winter months."

Where is Love Island filmed?

The Love Island 2020 series was filmed in South Africa. Fun fact - it's the exact same villa where Miley Cyrus filmed her episode of Black Mirror.

The show, hosted by Laura Whitmore, was based in a luxury lodge-style retreat in South Africa, which promises basking hot sunshine all year round.

Paul Mortimer, Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions at ITV said, "Love Island has proven yet again to be the perfect format that engages younger audiences. In response to this viewer appetite, a new batch of young singletons will deliver some highly anticipated post-Christmas romance and drama from our new and luxurious location."

With summer in Europe always sizzling, the usual June series will continue in Mallorca.

WATCH: Amy and Joanna spill the tea on their 'day off' in the villa | Love Island Secrets

How to apply for Love Island

Applications for Love Island in the summer is open and the simplest way to apply is to fill out the Love Island application form on the programme's website.

Or you can build up your social media followers and hopefully get scouted on Instagram like plenty of other contestants. The majority of Islanders have a huge online presence before entering the villa.

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Ahh remember when Ovie and India were together? ©ITV2

Love Island application

Once you've got the outfits and the followers, ITV couldn't have made it simpler to sign up for the show. Simply head to the application here.

Who won Love Island 2019?

In case you were living under an ACTUAL ROCK, Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea were crowned Love Island 2019's winners, beating early front-runners Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury to the top spot.

Love Island winners

With glittering careers available for all the Islanders it is not always the winners who end up being the richest and most successful contestants.

Has anyone ever kept the money on Love Island?

A good question but no. So far, all the stars who win the £50k at the end of the show have split it with their partner. Cute. Love is real.

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