LUCA Bish and his partner Gemma Owen have finished runners-up in the Love Island 2022 final.
Ekin-Su Culculoglu and Davide Sanclimenti were chosen as the winning couple.
The Turkish actress from Essex, 27, and the Italian business owner, also 27, won over viewers with their fiery but passionate relationship, which spanned most of the series.
They beat Gemma and Luca while Indiyah Polack and Dami Hope finished third and Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page finished fourth.
Before the winners were crowned, the boys donned tuxedos for a summer ball and waited for their partners to appear.
Luca said to Gemma, “You look unreal” as she walked onto the terrace, while Ekin-Su’s arrival in a satin pink ball gown prompted her Italian partner to exclaim that she looked “beautiful”.
The couples then took turns reading out their declarations of love.
Dami had to pause and collect himself before reading his vows to Indiyah as she says they’ve gone from “two heartthrobs to lovebirds” in relation to their troubles during Casa Amor week.
During Gemma’s vows to Luca, she confessed her love for him and said she “can’t wait to start a new chapter”.
Ekin-Su then said to Davide: “It was a hell of a ride for us. They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are we.
“I love being together. The Turkish Delight and the Italian Stallion. You are my soulmate.”
In a twist, this year ITV removed the option for one of the winning couples to steal all the prize money for themselves.
Upon hearing they had won, Ekin-Su burst into tears while Davide gasped and said, “I can’t believe it,” before hugging their other finalists.
Laura Whitmore hosted the live finale from the garden of the ITV2 show’s Mallorcan villa, as a cheering audience looked on.
Introducing the final, Whitmore revealed that the winning couple won’t have to decide whether to share or steal the prize money like in previous years.
She said: “After eight hot weeks and 36 amazing islanders looking for love, there are only four couples left. There were blow dryers, bombs and bed hopping galore.
“But who will be crowned the winner of Love Island 2022? The winning couple will share a whopping £50,000 and this year we’re not even asking them to choose between love and money.”
Love Island’s current series was a ratings success, securing its biggest debut episode since 2019.
ITV has also announced that there will be two series of the show in 2023 – a winter series in South Africa and a summer series in Mallorca.
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