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How Amber And Greg Snatched The Love Island Title


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Love Island finished up last night

Well, well, well, the Twitter campaign worked and Amber and Greg were crowned as the winners of Love Island.

They beat Tommy and Molly-Mae to the title, in what was seen as a surprise to some such as their longevity as a couple.

However, when you put all of the pieces together, Greg and Amber winning makes a lot of sense.

A lot of it is based around Amber, which should not come as a surprise.

She has probably grown the most out of anybody in the villa, and we're going to break it down.

 

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'Humble' beginnings

At the beginning, Amber wasn't as universally liked as she is now.

She had come under fire for her treatment of Callum (remember him?), which meant her Love Island journey didn't get off to the best start.

The clip above shows off arrogance, and just being downright mean for the sake of it.

It wasn't a good look for Amber, but as the series went on it was clear that this version of her simply had a wall built in front of her, and she wasn't keen on showing any weakness.

Step forward, Michael

Michael brought out a different side to Amber that we had yet to see - a softer side.

With this came a rise in popularity for the pair of them, as Michael was a gentleman at the time.

However, all of that changed in Casa Amor, when Michael dumped Amber for Joanna.

What followed saw arguably the sharpest rise in popularity for Amber, as Michael's handling of the situation went down like a lead balloon.

Contrast to Amber, who was determined not to let him get the better of her.

In addition, this would have seen a sharp rise as the public rooted for her.

In spite of this, Amber was still harbouring feelings for Michael, despite how she was treated by him.

There was still a lot of chemistry between the pair, and it was resonating in the minds of audiences, with many wanting them to get back together.

However, after Joanna was dumped, Michael nipped any chances of getting back together in the bud with a truly bizarre conversation.

With his very poor attitude, the 'sit down' bark, there were loads of reasons not to like him.

To give him some credit, he later acknowledged that he was taking his frustrations out on Amber.

The damage was done though, and people were determined for Amber to get the man she deserved.

Enter Greg O'Shea

Let's make one thing very clear, Amber would not have won Love Island without Greg.

That's not to say Greg won this on his own - more that he was the missing piece to help get Amber over the line.

Viewers were begging for someone to go into that villa for her, and someone who could make her smile again.

That's exactly what happened when Greg entered.

The spark between them was immediate, and it was exactly what fans of Amber were looking.

'Gentleman' and 'kind' were two words sources informed me about Greg when he went in, and they held true.

So much so, that Michael suddenly had an epiphany and and that he still had feelings for Amber.

It was then, that Michael decided to tell her that he does still like her, and we had another love triangle.

How audiences (and Amber) grew towards Greg

Greg's kind nature and his respect of Amber's situation with Michael was a stand-out.

He never forced Amber into anything, he spoke 'with her' instead of 'to her' and he was understanding of her predicament.

This is when the audiences knew Greg was legitimate, because instead of making a pitch to Amber, he was listening to her.

What followed was the re-coupling that audiences were waiting for and, in my opinion, the point Amber and Greg won Love Island:

From here, Greg and Amber continued to show a genuine like for each other as the days went on.

Over time, we saw slightly more of Greg, and how he handled certain situations.

His line of 'what was your thought process behind that?' to Curtis won him a lot of fans.

It was also in the passing days that we saw him become his own character.

Don't get me wrong, Amber's journey is far more significant than Greg's, but it was the Limerick man who completed it.

In short, the pair gave viewers reasons to tune in every night.

Their final interview summed up how 'real' it felt, and how they seemed genuine.

They know it's not going to be a happily ever after straight away, and they know the challenges ahead.

Compare that to Molly-Mae and Tommy, who are already talking about moving in together.

Once again, which couple are audiences more likely to believe has a better chance of lasting?


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