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Love Island final 2019: Maura and Curtis AXED first and come fourth as Ovie and India come third

Curtis and Maura were axed first from the Love Island final on Monday night, coming in fourth place.

Speaking to Caroline Flack, Curtis said: ‘There have been highs, lows, a lot of emotions. I’ve learnt a lot about myself. You’ve got to be true to yourself 100 percent.

‘I was in this bubble and I realised there were things missing. I realised I couldn’t lie to Amy.’

Maura said: ‘I wouldn’t have wanted to tread on anyone’s toes. Then [Amy] happened. Then I made a beeline for him straight away.’

The Love Island season five final kicked off on Monday night on ITV2, with the remaining four couples battling it out for the £50k prize.

Amber & Greg, India & Ovie, Molly-Mae & Tommy and Curtis & Maura waited patiently as host of the show Caroline Flack dished out the results of the public vote.

But as the four pairs stood nervously on the decking of the famous villa, viewers were shown what happened on the Islanders’ final night, when they got dolled up and made ‘declarations’ to one another, against the backdrop of a lavish summer ball.

Baited breath: The four pairs stood nervously on the decking of the famous villa, waiting to learn who had been voted this year's winner

Baited breath: The four pairs stood nervously on the decking of the famous villa, waiting to learn who had been voted this year’s winner

Earlier in the day, Maura received a text, which read: ‘Girls. It’s now time to go dress shopping! Please get ready to leave the villa. #boujeebabes #tryingiton’

The girls headed out of the villa to find the perfect outfit for the evening, while the boys got suited and booted in three-piece suits.

As the final four couples raised their glasses, Ovie said: ‘All of you ladies look absolutely amazing. I’ve got to be a bit biased and say India, you look phenomenal. I feel like all of us guys are really lucky guys. To the final, guys!’

Let's dance: The couples got dolled up and made 'declarations' to one another, against the backdrop of a lavish summer ball

Let’s dance: The couples got dolled up and made ‘declarations’ to one another, against the backdrop of a lavish summer ball

LOVE ISLAND FINALISTS 2019: THE COUPLES AND THEIR ROAD TO ROMANCE

Island sweethearts: Amber battled through a doomed dalliance with Michael to find solace in the arms of Greg

Island sweethearts: Amber battled through a doomed dalliance with Michael to find solace in the arms of Greg 

AMBER GILL & GREG O SHEA

The path to happiness was a rocky one for Amber, who is the only Islander to have remained in the villa from the start.

She was initially paired with Callum – who was the first boy to be dumped from the series just five days in. This led to a platonic coupling with Anton.

Michael – a fellow original – then told Amber he had feelings for her and they coupled up. But when Amber was whisked away to Casa Amor, Michael’s head was turned by Joanna. When Amber returned to the main villa, Michael had re-coupled. Amber was left single once again. She told Michael she still liked him, but he rejected her advances.

Later, in a shock dumping, Joanna was sent home alone, leaving Michael single again – and conveniently interested in Amber once more. It was at this point Greg was sent in.

Amber enjoyed a date with the rugby pro and was tasked with choosing between him and Michael, ultimately choosing Greg. Michael ended up being voted out.

Since this, Greg and Amber have become close. They survived the final dumping and odds have now plummeted on them scooping the prize.

INDIA REYNOLDS & OVIE SOKO

Both India and Ovie were late arrivals to the villa.

Ovie came first, appearing in Casa Amor and turning Anna’s head, who had left Jordan behind in the main villa.

Anna was wooed by Ovie and she decided to re-couple with him. They returned to the main villa together which left Jordan single as a result.

Fans immediately took a liking to Ovie, but felt sorry for Jordan at the same time, who was sure to let Anna know he wanted her back.

This worked; Anna ended up re-coupling with Jordan again – only for him later to ask her to be his girlfriend but then change his mind a day later. They were booted form the series, having broken up, last week.

India had arrived in the meantime and been sent on a date with Chris, but it was Ovie she had her eye on. Ovie, who had by this time found himself in a platonic coupling with Amber, began to like India as well, and the two ended up as a final coupling, sailing through to the final.

But fans have called for Ovie to win on his own, as it’s been suggested that India’s short time in the villa hasn’t allowed viewers the chance to warm to her.

Solo effort? Fans have said Ovie should win on his own

Solo effort? Fans have said Ovie should win on his own

Too obvious? Tommy and Molly-Mae are considered the favourites

Too obvious? Tommy and Molly-Mae are considered the favourites

MOLLY-MAE HAGUE & TOMMY FURY

Boxer Tommy and ‘influencer’ Molly-Mae are widely considered to be the favourtites to scoop the £50k prize. 

They have been coupled up the longest of all the final couples and have mostly been exclusive to one another while in the villa. They are also the only boyfriend/girlfriend pairing and have said ‘I love you’ to each other.

But their romance has not been without it’s issues.

Tommy was initially interested in former-Islander Lucie, and was trying to sway her away from previous contestant Joe. Lucie’s head nearly turned but ultimately she went for Joe.

Molly-Mae then entered the villa and picked Tommy for a Jacuzzi date. He instantly took a liking to her and they coupled up.

Molly-Mae, however, had her doubts about the hunk. But Maura then entered the villa with her sights on Tommy, which made Molly-Mae realise she liked him after all.

Despite some casual flirting with Maura, Tommy chose Molly-Mae. They have been coupled up ever since, with Lucie seen pining for Tommy on the sidelines before she too was dumped from the show.

MAURA HIGGINS & CURTIS PRITCHARD 

Curtis arrived a day after everyone else, alongside Tommy, and caught the eye of Amy. The pair coupled up and were the most solid couple of the show for the first half of the series, branding each other ‘half-boyfriend and half-girlfriend’.

But a spanner was thrown into the works when the girls left for Casa Amor. While Amy waited for Curtis, his interest was piqued by newcomer Jourdan, despite her showing no romantic interest in him.

Jourdan paired up with Danny. Curtis remained coupled up with Amy, who returned to the villa to tell him she loved him. This, however, was ruined when Curtis broke up with her, causing her to go home, devastated.

At this point, Maura – who had previously been interested in Tommy, Tom and Marvin – decided she would go after the ballroom pro.

The pair then coupled up and have been together since, despite suffering occasional tiffs and fans not being convinced it’s genuine. Even Maura’s mother seemed unimpressed by Curtis when she visited the villa in the ‘meet the family’ episode on Sunday night.

Fake? Viewers - and Curtis and Maura's own parents - don't seem convinced by this coupling

Fake? Viewers – and Curtis and Maura’s own parents – don’t seem convinced by this coupling

 

The couples then made their declarations to each other with Curtis and Maura going first…

Curtis said: ‘Once upon a time, there was man on a journey. He had one goal in mind on his journey of crazy events. That goal, was to find a princess. This princess wasn’t just any princess, she was the most beautiful princess in all the lands…’

Maura replied with: ‘Curtis. Here before you I stand a very different woman, to the one who walked in the villa seven weeks ago.

‘Last year a dancer slid into my DMs and I didn’t reply to that message. And now I am standing in front of you. Love Island works in mysterious ways.

‘I had to spend my first few weeks watching somebody else fall in love with you, when all I really wanted was it to be me you were dancing with. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.’

Maura was of course referring to Amy, whom Curtis sensationally dumped, causing her to flee Mallorca as a result.

Amy was forced to watch Maura’s flirtatious ways with Curtis – as the pair shared a sensual dance lesson in front of her. The air hostess then decided it would be too hard to live with Curtis and that she felt it best she went home. 

Heartbreak: Maura was of course referring to Amy, whom Curtis sensationally dumped, causing her to flee Mallorca as a result

Heartbreak: Maura was of course referring to Amy, whom Curtis sensationally dumped, causing her to flee Mallorca as a result

Time to leave: Amy decided it would be too hard to live with Curtis - and to watch him flirt with new love interest Maura - and felt it best she went home

Time to leave: Amy decided it would be too hard to live with Curtis – and to watch him flirt with new love interest Maura – and felt it best she went home

Up next was Ovie – who told Amber she was like a little sister to him – and then told India: ‘Since you took me on that first breakfast date, the good energy hasn’t stopped since. You’ve cheered me up and made me smile and you’ve even had Mr Cool feeling nervous. If there was one thing I could change, it would have been that you would have come sooner…’

India said: ‘Firstly, I want to thank you for making my time in the villa so amazing. I think we can all see that you were carved by angels. You are literally the fittest human I have ever seen. I couldn’t have prepared myself for what comes with it. You are so kind, caring and considerate. You’ve proven to me that chivalry is not dead.

‘My night in shining armour came in the form of a builder smashing through a wall. There was no noble steed, but I’d take you and a wheelbarrow any day.’ 

When it came to Amber and Greg’s turn, Greg revealed he had penned a poem for Amber.

Suited and booted: The four couples donned their finery during the shows big finish

Suited and booted: The four couples donned their finery during the shows big finish

As the final four couples raised their glasses, Ovie said: 'All of you ladies look absolutely amazing. I’ve got to be a bit biased and say ‘India, you look phenomenal’

As the final four couples raised their glasses, Ovie said: ‘All of you ladies look absolutely amazing. I’ve got to be a bit biased and say ‘India, you look phenomenal’

Grand gesture: Tommy dropped his cards to the floor, so he could speak 'from his heart, not his mouth'

Grand gesture: Tommy dropped his cards to the floor, so he could speak ‘from his heart, not his mouth’

Curtis said: 'Once upon a time, there was man on a journey. He had one goal in mind on his journey of crazy events. That goal, was to find a princess. This princess wasn’t just any princess, she was the most beautiful princess in all the lands…'

Curtis said: ‘Once upon a time, there was man on a journey. He had one goal in mind on his journey of crazy events. That goal, was to find a princess. This princess wasn’t just any princess, she was the most beautiful princess in all the lands…’

‘I’m going to keep this short and sweet, just like when we first came to meet. Up in the Hideaway sheltered from the trouble, we instantly connected and formed our own little bubble.

‘You are so unique with your stand-out hair and the way you speak. If we’re not the first ones across the line, I’m really into you Amber Gill and I can’t wait for you to teach me how to control the wine.…’ he recited.

Amber came back with: ‘It would be fair to say that I’ve had quite a journey in the villa this summer. There have been so many highs and then some lows, but then along came Greg. You came in at the 11th hour and made me find my smile again. Thank you for helping to build me back up. You’ve always been so sweet and lovely to me and you’ve managed to bring out my soft side.

‘I am excited to see what happens on the outside world. There must be something in the water, because this ice queen is melting.’

Finally, Molly-Mae and Tommy made their declarations, but as Tommy began reading his, he dropped his cards to the floor and said: ‘This isn’t me. I want my heart to speak to you, not my mouth.

A sight for sore eyes: The gents all wore black tie for the final show

A sight for sore eyes: The gents all wore black tie for the final show

What a guy! Greg penned a poem for Amber - 'I’m going to keep this short and sweet, just like when we first came to meet'

He added: 'Up in the Hideaway sheltered from the trouble, we instantly connected and formed our own little bubble…'

What a guy! Greg penned a poem for Amber – ‘I’m going to keep this short and sweet, just like when we first came to meet’

Happy: Maura beamed as Curtis read out his declaration

Wow: Molly recreated her Belle outfit from her date with Toommy wearing another stunning yellow dress

Happy: Maura [L] and Molly-Mae [R] beamed as their men read out their declarations

Summer style: Amber looked incredible in a form-fitting white gown

Summer chic: Molly-Mae looked showstopping in yellow

Incredible: Amber looked incredible in a form-fitting white gown [L] while Molly-Mae looked showstopping in yellow [R]

‘From the first moment I walked up into the Hideaway, I instantly knew I had seen the most beautiful girl on this entire planet. You’re absolutely everything I’ve ever wanted in a girl.

‘Every morning you put a smile on my face. You are everything in my entire world and I’ll love you until the day I die.’

Molly-Mae said: ‘Tommy. For someone whose career depends on fighting other people, you’re the gentlest person I’ve ever met. You’re my bestest friend and the most incredible dad to our Elly-Belly. I genuine believe I am the luckiest girl in the world and am being loved in a way I have never been loved before.

‘Thank you for showing me kindness and nothing but pure love every day. And for making me realise that fairy-tales really do exist. I love you so much and I can’t wait for the adventures that we haven’t’ even dreamed of yet.’

The Islanders then danced around the garden before leaping into the pool one last time. 

Daring: Maura flashed her nude underwear in a semi-sheer gown in the summer ball scenes

Daring: Maura flashed her nude underwear in a semi-sheer gown in the summer ball scenes

Take a bow: The men all looked very smart in their respective get-ups

Take a bow: The men all looked very smart in their respective get-ups

Take a bow: The men all looked very smart in their respective get-ups

King Ovie! India told fan-favourite Ovie that he had taught her that chivalry is not dead

King Ovie! India told fan-favourite Ovie that he had taught her that chivalry is not dead

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