After six weeks of watching and observing attractive strangers date each other on national television, “Love Island” viewers voted for their favorite made-on-reality-TV couple.
During the Episode 34 finale, it was down to Cely Vazquez and Johnny Middlebrooks, who have been together since the first episode and recently made their relationship official, and Justine Ndiba and Caleb Corprew, who have stayed steady since Episode 9.
America chose Justine Ndiba and Caleb Corprew.
Vazquez and Middlebrooks were the runners-up, while Moira Tumas and Calvin Cobb took third, and Carrington Rodriguez and Laurel Goldman came in at fourth place.
Ndiba and Corprew also each won $50,000.
What happened this past week?
Julia Hall and Lakeyn Call were the last newcomers to the villa as the show made a final attempt to shake up some solid couples.
Things were not looking good for Laurel Goldman, whom Carrington Rodriguez brought back from Casa Amor, the second villa where the “Love Island” men were sent to get to know a new group of women. Rodriguez seriously considered coupling up with Call due to having an instant connection with her.
“I just feel like a complete idiot,” Goldman said. “I was completely blindsided by this whole situation.”
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Rodriguez ultimately chose to stay with Goldman. While Hall left almost as soon as she came, Lakeyn Call was swooped up by fellow latecomer Bennett Sipes. Kierstan Saulter, who had dated Rodriguez before Goldman, was also sent home.
The islanders had the opportunity to virtually meet each other’s families on Sunday night, and Ndiba and Corprew’s worries were put to rest: Their families were, in fact, proud of them.
“Justine may very well be the one,” Corprew told his mom, dad and sisters.
Affirmation from his family had Corprew crying for the first time since he’d gone on the show.
“There’s a lot going on in the world right now, and I’m mindful of the world around me, basically, and a lot of people of color, specifically Black people, don’t always get to experience privilege,” he later told Ndiba. “And to come here and hear my dad talk about me setting a good example and making him proud…”
Vazquez and Middlebrooks were not as satisfied with their meet-the-family calls, though. Middlebrooks was disappointed that his short-lived relationship with Mercades Schell at Casa Amor dominated their conversations with both families.
“It does suck that (Casa Amor) was the topic of conversation the whole time,” Middlebrooks said.
“There’s more to me and Johnny than Casa Amor,” Vazquez said.
On Monday night, Lakeyn Call and Bennett Sipes took their leave of the villa after the couples were put to a vote on who is the least compatible pair.
The final four couples continued their journeys and cared for crying robotic babies before embarking on their final — and for some, their first — dates.
The adventures ranged from a helicopter ride over Grand Canyon West for Ndiba and Corprew to a Ferrari ride through Valley of Fire State Park for Carrington Rodriguez and Laurel Goldman.
That’s when Ndiba and Corprew exchanged their first “I love yous.”
Meanwhile, Cely Vazquez and Johnny Middlebrooks watched a live dance performance and Moira Tumas fed Calvin Cobb an oyster in their best evening wear.