Love Island has been slammed with hundreds of Ofcom complaints by furious fans, with some claiming that the final was rigged.
The winners of Love Island 2022 were crowned on Monday – with Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti winning the series ahead of Luca Bish and Gemma Owen and taking home the £50,000 prize.
Meanwhile, Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page finished in fourth place, before Indiyah Polack and Dami Hope were placed third.
But, fans weren’t happy with the news with Ofcom confirming that 180 calls were made from viewers unhappy with the final.
One fan took to Twitter to share their disgust: ‘Gemma and Luca? came second??? and not fourth??? no this is rigged I’m fuming man.’
However, counteracting the claims it was ‘rigged’ by fans, the public vote was actually independently verified, and Ofcom are not actually investigating the complaints.
Ekin-Su and Davide were the favourites to win for days, which came across in the final as they gained 63.69% of the public vote, ITV revealed.
In comparison, runners-up Gemma Owen and Luca Bish scored 14.47% of the final vote.
Metro.co.uk has reached out to Love Island representatives.
More to come…
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Love Island 2022
Say hello to your social lives once again – Love Island 2022 is over, with Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti being crowned the winners in an epic final.
If you missed it, don’t fret – here are the highlights of the end of a brilliant series:
- Davide Sanclimenti and Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu are crowned winners
- The Love Island final episode – as it happened
- Michael Owen shares ‘pride’ in daughter Gemma as she comes runner-up with Luca Bish
- Which Love Island couples are still together?
- Who won the last Love Island? Full list of past winners
- Has anyone ever kept the £50,000 prize on Love Island?
For all the latest updates, visit Metro.co.uk‘s Love Island page.
What is Ofcom and what does it cover?
Ofcom is the regulator for the communications services that we use and rely on each day.
The watchdog makes sure people get the best from their broadband, home phone and mobile services, as well as keeping an eye on TV and radio.
Ofcom deals with most content on television, radio and video-on-demand services, including the BBC. However, if your complaint is about something you saw or heard in a BBC programme, you may need to complain to the BBC first.
Its rules for television and radio programmes are set out in the Broadcasting Code.
The rules in the Broadcasting Code also apply to the BBC iPlayer.
This Broadcasting Code is the rule book that broadcasters have to follow and it covers a number of areas, including; protecting the under-18s, protecting audiences from harmful and/or offensive material and ensuring that news, in whatever form, is reported with due accuracy and presented with due impartiality.
Audiences can complain to Ofcom if they believe a breach of the Broadcasting Code has been made.
Every time Ofcom receives a complaint from a viewer or listener, they assess it to see if it needs further investigation.
If Ofcom decide to investigate, they will include the case in a list of new investigations, published in the Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin.
An investigation is a formal process which can take some time depending on the complexity of the issues involved.
Ofcom can also launch investigations in the absence of a complaint from a viewer or listener.
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