Love Island 2022: Winners Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti secure a landslide 63 per cent of final votes – while runners-up Gemma Owen and Luca Bish earn just 14 per cent
Across Sunday and Monday, viewers were able to vote for their favourite couple to be crowned as winners and go home with the £50,000 cash prize – which for the first time ever wasn’t offered as a ‘split or steal’ deal.
And final voting figures released by ITV have revealed that fan favourites Ekin-Su and Davide, both 27, secured a staggering 63.69 per cent of the public vote.
Popular: Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti were crowned the winners of Love Island 2022 on Monday, and voting figures revealed they secured more than half of the public vote
They won the ITV2 dating contest by a landslide as runners-up Gemma Owen and Luca Bish secured just 14.47 per cent of the viewers’ final votes.
Dami Hope and Indiyah Polack, who came in third place, followed closely behind with 11.77 per cent of fans voting for them, while fourth place finalists Andrew Le Page and Tasha Ghouri received 10.07 per cent of votes.
According to the figures, Ekin-Su and Davide were firmly in the lead by nearly 50 per cent of viewers’ votes, also proving them the second most popular winning couple ever on Love Island.
Their landslide victory was beaten only by 2018 winners Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham, who secured a massive 79.66 per cent of the public vote during the final.
Fan favourites: They won the ITV2 dating contest by a landslide with 63.69 per cent of the vote, while runners-up Gemma Owen and Luca Bish secured just 14.47 per cent of viewers’ votes
Finalists: Dami Hope and Indiyah Polack, who came in third place, followed with 11.77 per cent of votes, while Andrew Le Page and Tasha Ghouri received 10.07 per cent of votes
As Ekin-Su and Davide were crowned the 2022 winners, the emotional actress jumped into her Italian beau’s arms as they celebrated their win and speechless Davide said he ‘couldn’t believe it’.
HOW DID EKIN-SU AND DAVIDE’S WIN COMPARE TO PREVIOUS FINALS?
2022 winners Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti: 63.69 per cent
2021 winners Millie Court and Liam Reardon: 42.02 per cent
2020 winners Paige Turley and Finn Tapp: 44.52 per cent
2019 winners Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea: 48.82 per cent
2018 winners Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham: 79.66 per cent
2017 winners Amber Davies and Kem Cetinay – not known
2016 winners Cara De La Hoyde and Nathan Massey: 54 per cent
2015 winners Jess Hayes and Max Morley – 42 per cent
Congratulations rushed in for the couple as viewers celebrated their win on social media, admitting that they thought the ‘right couple had won’.
The couple finished ahead of Gemma, 19, and Luca, 23, who were awarded second place and narrowly missed out on the money, with bosses deciding to ditch the ‘split or steal’ twist that usually comes at the end for the first time in the show’s history.
In previous years, winners have picked an envelope which either has the prize money or nothing enclosed, with one person in the couple being given the £50,000 with the option to ‘split or steal’ the cash.
This year, host Laura Whitmore, 37, announced during Monday night’s live final they would automatically be sharing the money as producers opted to scrap the tradition which has been in place since series one.
During the finale, Ekin-Su read a declaration of love to Davide before they were announced as this year’s winners.
She expressed her love for Davide as she admitted: ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were we,’ while Davide told her ‘te amo’, something he’d previously said he would only say to the woman he wants to marry.
Reading her declaration during the Islanders’ final ball, Ekin said: ‘It’s been a hell of a ride for us but good things don’t come easy and with every bump in the road, our connection has become stronger and deeper.
‘I love everything about you. You have shown me what happiness is. Davide, only you can annoy me so much and at the same time have a passion to kiss you right back after.
Winners: The figures show Ekin-Su and Davide were firmly in the lead by nearly 50 per cent of viewers’ votes, also proving them the second most popular winning couple ever on Love Island
‘I just love being together. The Turkish delight and the Italian stallion. Perfect for one another, you’re my soulmate. I want you in my present and my future.’
The Love Island 2022 finale was watched by 3.4 million viewers across ITV2 and ITV Hub, up 100,000 compared to last year.
This makes it the biggest finale for the show since 2019, averaging 2.7million viewers across its run.
Fans: The Love Island 2022 finale was watched by 3.4 million viewers across ITV2 and ITV Hub, up 100,000 compared to last year
The 2019 series was eventually won by Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea.
But, it was a significant decrease from the opening episode of the season, which saw a whopping five million viewers tuning in.
The eighth series has broken records in streaming, however, having over 250 million streams across the season.
This mak; es it the most watched series ever on ITV’s streaming platform ITV Hub.
Overjoyed: As Ekin-Su and Davide were crowned the 2022 winners, the actress jumped into her Italian beau’s arms as they celebrated their win and Davide said he ‘couldn’t believe it’