He became a firm favourite with his natural charm, relaxed humour and chivalrous behaviour.
And, Ovie Soko, 28, and India Reynolds, 28 came in THIRD place in the Love Island final on Monday night, after the basketball player melted viewers’ hearts during his emotional speech.
After the nation took to Twitter in their droves to praise his heartwarming words, which included him branding Amber his ‘little sister,’ and shouting ‘MESSAGE’ for the last time as he humbly voiced his fondness for partner.
Sweet: Ovie Soko, 28, and India Reynolds, 28, came in THIRD PLACE in the Love Island final after the basketball player melted viewers’ hearts as he branded Amber his ‘little sister’
The sports star and the former Page 3 model were stood together in front of their fellow islanders as they shared their feelings for one another, with a look-back on their journeys in the villas.
Ovie even recalled the nail colour India wore when they first met, even though he’d been on a date with Harley at the time.
‘ovie just makes my heart melt’ tweeted one viewer while listening to his speech, with another adding: ‘The DETAIL in Ovie’s speech.’
‘Ovie talking about amber..and him saying “MESSAGE” for the last time and talking about India’ wrote one fan of the show, alongside an emotional GIF.
Adorable: Ovie branded Amber his ‘little sister,’ recalled the nail colour she wore when they first met, and shouted ‘MESSAGE’ for the final time during the final, emotional speeches
Romantic: The basketball player and the former Page 3 model were stood together in front of their fellow islanders as they shared their feelings for one another
Sweet: Ovie melted the hearts of the nation with his emotional speech
‘Ovie: *mentions Amber and “MESSAGE” in his speech* The UK’ tweeted someone else, with another heart-warming GIF.
‘Also gonna need a montage of Ovie always mentioning Amber before India’ wrote one viewer.
‘when he calls amber his little sister’ tweeted another fan, with someone else adding: ‘OVIE CALLING AMBER HIS LITTLE SISTER.’
One overwhelmed viewer gushed: ‘Ovie loves Amber so much like in whatever capacity it is pure adoration.’
‘Ovie calling amber his little sister in his speech love how he included her in it as well as India they’re so precious,’ wrote another Love Island fan.
Fan-reaction: Twitter went into meltdown over Ovie’s sensational speech
All in the details: Viewers were overwhelmed by Ovie remembering India’s nail colour
And while the nation tweeted their praise for Ovie, others were quick to point out that India’s belief that she and the basketballer were kept in by the public was slightly skewed.
‘When India thinks she’s there cos the public likes her, no babe we like ovie,’ clarified one person on Twitter.
‘Message! For India. No India, the public kept Ovie in and you just happened to be coupled with him,’ said someone else.
‘India: “We were kept here by the public” No we kept Ovie,’ added another, with someone else agreeing: ‘no offence India, the public voted for ovie hun x.’
The last time: Viewers couldn’t handle Ovie shouting out ‘MESSAGE’ during his final speech
The final four couples were Amber & Greg, India & Ovie, Molly-Mae & Tommy and Curtis & Maura.
During the Love Island 2019 Summer Ball, as the final four couples raised their glasses, Ovie gushed: ‘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!’
During Ovie’s turn to tell India how he feels, the basketball star explained: ‘Since you took me on that first breakfast date, the good energy hasn’t stopped since.
Keeping it real: Love Island fans were quick to note that it was Ovie who they’d voted to keep on the show, and not India
‘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…’
Following Ovie’s heartfelt speech, 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.
‘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 isn’t dead…’
THE KING! India admitted to Ovie that he’d taught her that chivalry is not dead
Razzle dazzle: India looked incredible wearing a sequin gown which flattered her perfectly
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
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 then 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 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
Too obvious? Tommy and Molly-Mae are considered the favourites
MOLLY-MAE HAGUE & TOMMY FURY
Boxer Tommy and ‘influencer’ Molly-Mae were 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