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'It's pretty crazy': Former Love Islanders Laura Anderson and Eyal Booker weigh in on current season

Love Island UK contestants Eyal Booker and Laura Anderson.
Love Island UK contestants Eyal Booker and Laura Anderson.

By Samantha O'Connor,

After a shocking recoupling in the Love Island villa this week, two islanders were sent home, while a new bombshell — who just happened to be a former Big Brother contestant Winston Hines — arrived to the Fiji holiday home looking for an undeniable connection. And things are only getting started.

As relationships completely cool and others heat up as the dating series plays out each weeknight this summer, Love Island UK veterans Laura Anderson and Eyal Booker both weighed in on this season and what they learned from their own time on Love Island UK .

“It’s pretty crazy to be sitting her talking about Love Island on a bigger scale,” Eyal said. The 22-year-old London model spent last summer in the romantic villa attempting to “crack on” with Hayley Hughes, but was dumped from the island on Day 25 after there appeared to be no real spark between them. The new popularity of the series in the North America has only brightened the Londoner’s star as his journey for love was screened on this side of the pond as an introduction to the UK’s most popular show.

“For me, I think it was a roller-coaster journey of ups and downs, but overall it was an incredible experience where I made amazing friendships that came out of it and a big learning curve of self-discovery.”

Laura’s time in the villa ended in a romantic connection, but not before experiencing some major summer heartache, when her original relationship was demolished after a new arrival came in and caught the attention of her partner, Wes Nelson. Despite the emotional setbacks, the 29-year-old explains that she hasn’t lost faith in the power of the Love Island experience and how deserving she is to find a long-lasting relationship.

“It was unexpected. I never expected to go from the beginning to the end. I had never been with someone who was younger than me so I’m quite glad to have had tried that and it’s always good to be open-minded. Some think that Love Island is about beautiful people, but it’s actually massively about personality. You’re living with these people and it’s really good to explore different personalities, because by Day 2, looks don’t mean anything if you’re waking up next to someone. You’re going to want that spark. So, I think the show has quite a depth to it,” she said.

As the U.K. reality stars tune into the U.S. version of the show, they’ve been surprised to watch how quickly connections have been made and how fast others have turned their heads as new additions enter the villa, which they cite as the major difference between their seasons.

“It’s slightly different. There’s such a different culture in the U.S. Ours is more reserved but they almost throw themselves into relationships a lot quicker and they move slightly faster. Within the first episode, there was kissing and then the next day, they were already changing their minds,” Eyal said.

“It may make this one more exciting,” Laura added. “Because by the end you’ll look back and see it really spice up this coming week as new bombshells are coming in with different challenges happening. I think it does take a few weeks to get into it. Just like the people in the villa, it takes a few weeks to fall in love with the people that they see on their screen.”

Love Island airs five nights a week on CBS and CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app until the finale Aug. 7.

Love Island Aftersun, which recaps the biggest and best moments from the past week’s five episodes of Love Island, airs Saturdays at 8 p.m. on CTV, CTV.ca, the CTV app, and E! with hosts Lainey Lui and Danielle Graham.

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