Mitch & Tina win Love Island 2021

Reality TV fans choose their favourite couple, who split the prize winnings in a show of true TV love.

Love Island fans voted couple Mitch & Tina as the winners of the 2021 season, putting them ahead of finalists Chris & Zoe and Jess & Aaron.

All three couples expressed their devotion to one another, but in the show’s format the winning couple are given a choice between love or money.

Tina was given an envelope containing $50,000 leaving her with the decision to split the winnings or take it all for herself – she chose love, sharing the money with Mitch.

“I did not expect to meet someone so special or to make it through to the finale – and with a boyfriend!” she said. “But our connection was instant and I’m grateful for the journey we’ve share. I can’t wait for our future together and I’m very very thankful to the Australian public for believing in us.”

Mitch, 25, from Melbourne, says: “I’d never thought walking into the villa that I’d find someone like Tina. I’ve come out of this amazing experience with my first girlfriend and have grown into a better version of myself. We’ve laughed, cried, and made great memories along the way – to win the show on top of that is huge!

Host Sophie Monk said: “There have been so many beautiful and hilarious moments this season including heartfelt tears, many three-way hugs between the boys, and some of the best bombshells we’ve ever seen. All of our Islanders have done a fantastic job and I’ve honestly had the best time watching on.”

The series has not been without its production challenges after Byron Shire Council withdrew its support amid a covid breach by ITV Studio’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

Producers cleverly filmed a 6 week season within a strict 30 day window in a Federal villa.

Ratings have also been a rollercoaster, bumped to a later broadcast slot, it nevertheless has blitzed figures in BVOD, with episode one now up to 862,000 viewers across Total TV- a 108% uplift on overnight.

Love Island Australia is produced by ITV Studios Australia for Channel 9 with assistance from the Screen NSW Made In NSW Fund.

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