Liam and Millie were crowned the winners of Love Island 2021 on Monday night, and ITV has now released the show’s voting figures.
Data revealed the couple scored an impressive 42.02% of the public’s votes, made via the show’s mobile app, while Chloe and Toby, who placed second, earned 30.85% of votes.
Faye and Teddy saw 14.85% of users voting for them, landing them in third place. Kaz and Tyler, who were the first of the four finalists to be booted from the villa, received 12.27% of the votes.
Leading couple: Liam and Millie were crowned the winners of Love Island on Monday, and ITV has now released the show’s voting figures, with the couple earning 42% of the public’s votes
Fourth place: Kaz and Tyler, who were the first of the four finalists to be booted from the villa, received 12.27% of the votes
Love Island’s voting system has faced criticism this year, with viewers as well as previous contestants branding it ‘pointless’.
The series saw a string of public votes take place, but the final decision as to who leaves the villa was always down to the contestants – resulting in them opting to save their friends.
Earlier in August, contestants Abi, Mary, Kaz, Dale, Tyler and Jake were voted the least popular by the public, with host Laura Whitmore announcing that the safe islanders would decide which two would be dumped.
Amber Gill – who won the show in 2019 – took to Twitter to ask why this was the case, penning: ‘Why would they leave the decision to the islanders AGAIN makes it too obvious!’
Seconds place: Chloe and Toby, who placed second in the competition, earned 30.85% of votes
Third place: Faye and Teddy saw 14.85% of users voting for them, landing them in third place
Paige Turley, the reigning champion, agreed: ‘Why allow the public to vote yet continually let the islanders decide who stays?’
2018 contestant Samira Mighty chimed in with: ‘I don’t see the point of a public vote ???? When they always just ask the islanders to choice … like every time!!! I’m shook tbh!’
The final of this year’s Love Island aired on ITV2 on Monday night and saw Liam and Millie’s very rocky journey end in glee as they won £50k, and split the money between them, with Liam asking Millie to be his official girlfriend during their live exit interview.
‘Why bother voting?’ Viewers of Love Island – including previous two winners [L-R] Amber Gill and Paige Turley – branded the show’s voting system ‘pointless’
The remaining couples of the series were whittled down bit-by-bit as they waited to find out who would be crowned the series’ winners.
22-year-old bricklayer Liam and 24-year-old fashion buyer’s administrator Millie chatted about their time on the show, with Laura asking them how they overcame their dreaded Casa Amor incident – which saw Liam kiss another girl, Lillie, while staying in the other villa, as Millie remained faithful.
Although Liam returned to the show without Lillie, attempting to paper over the infidelity, she swiftly entered after him and told Millie what had gone on. Despite splitting with him at first, Millie eventually took Liam back, with them saying ‘I Love You’ earlier this week.
Leading the charge: Ex-stars Amber, Paige and 2018 contestant Samira Mighty weighed in on the matter
Of saying the L word, Liam told Laura: ‘It was on the tip of my tongue for a week, and I was so close to saying it but I wanted to wait until a nice time, and I thought that last date in the castle was the perfect moment. So I said it, and I beat Millie to it!’
While Millie added: ‘We both planned to say it, but we didn’t know we were both going to say it that night. But because it was his birthday, I thought it was the perfect time to say it and make it really special.’
Liam then sealed the deal in front of Laura and the other finalists on Monday’s live broadcast by asking Millie to be his girlfriend, telling her he’d been ‘thinking about saying it for a while’.
In the final moments of the show, Millie picked the envelope with the money inside meaning she could choose to keep the cash herself and leave Liam with nothing, or split it evenly between them – which is the option she chose.
Winners: The final of this year’s Love Island aired on ITV2 on Monday night and saw Liam and Millie’s very rocky journey end in glee as they won £50k