Love Island Winter 2023 final highlights from emotional speeches to Maya Jama’s stunning dress

Another season of Love Island came to a close on Monday 13 January, with Kai Fagan and Sanam Harrinanan announced as the winners of the winter 2023 series.

The series, which was the second ever winter edition of the ITV2 dating show, ended on Monday with Maya Jama presenting the grand finale live from the iconic villa in South Africa.

The final episode included the finalists' heartwarming declarations of love as well as clips from their last ever day in the villa, and each couple got to look back at their highlights as they sat down with Maya, 28, for a live interview.

Kai and Sanam took home the crown while Lana and Ron were runners-up, with Tom and Samie in third place and Tanya and Shaq placing fourth.

As we wave goodbye to Winter Love Island for another year, here's all of the highlights from the 2023 final…

Maya's dress

Presenter Maya stole the show at the Love Island final as she modelled a liquid-look burgundy gown.

Despite the evening wind doing a bit of a number on her hair, Maya was showered with compliments over on the social media platform, as two fans wrote: "Obsessed with @MayaJama's look this final!!" and "Maya Jama is about to look the best anyone has ever looked tonight".

"Not Maya Jama dressing like a red cabbage and still looking unreal #loveisland #loveislandfinal #loveislanduk," joked somebody else, while another couple added: "Maya Jama looks stunning in her final outfit [two fire emojis]".

While another wrote: "Big shout out for Maya’s dress. Stunning. Like a melted candle. #LoveIsland."

The dress, which was styled by Maya's stylist Rhea, is a bespoke look by fashion brand Di Petsa.

Unpredictable weather

Viewers were left concerned for presenter Maya as the weather in South Africa took a very windy turn during the live final.

Fans took to social media to share their worries for Maya, whose hair and dress started blowing around frantically in the wind as she hosted the live final.

Taking to Twitter, one person said: "The wind is stressing me out so much in that villa #loveisland."

A different account put: "The wind is stressing me out, anyone else?#LoveIsland" with laughing emojis. Another fan wrote: "Maya Jama is going to be blown away by the South African wind."

Emotional speeches

During every Love Island final, the contestants are tasked with writing a heartfelt declaration of love for their other half which they will then read aloud in front of their fellow Islanders during a romantic ceremony.

This year's final four couples all delivered sweet speeches, with Kai and Sanam opening the ceremony.

Sanam gushed over her beau, saying: “You charmed me with your smile and melted me with your warm brown eyes. I was hooked by your intelligence, values, kindness and you always manage to make me laugh.You’ve made me realise my worth and I can’t wait for us to one day be official.”

Kai then repaid the favour and told Sanam he "adores" her. The 24 year old said: “My time here has been a dream since I met you. Sanam, you’re one of a kind and I’m so happy to have you in my life because I adore you and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us.”

Next up was Samie and Tom, and Samie had sweetly wrote a poem for Tom.

She began by stating: "You are the ultimate tall, dark and handsome man I've been looking for. You are the most kindest and caring man," before reading her poem.

The footballer then delivered his speech and had a big declaration for his other half. Tom said: "I look at you everyday and you genuinely leave me speechless," before branding Samie "one in a million".

Tom then told Samie he is in love with her, with her then admitting she's also fallen in love with him.

Ron and Lana couldn't help but to gush over one another, with both sharing adorable declarations.

Lana declared: “Ron, when I walked through the Villa doors and saw your cheeky smile, I knew it was you and only you. There has been something missing in my life and that’s you.”

While during his speech Ron branded Lana an "angel", saying: “You’re an angel that never puts a foot wrong and you tick every single box. When I look at you, I feel whole, like my life is complete.”

He then told Lana "I love you" for the first time, as they both became emotional in front of their fellow Islanders.

Shaq and Tanya were the final couple to share their speeches, with Shaq concluding his speech by declaring his love for Tanya.

Tanya told her beau: “I love the way you care so much, your cuddles that make me feel safe, your infectious smile that brightens up my day and most of all your heart of gold.”

Shaq replied by saying: “I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us because no doubt it’s a bright future ahead. I guess what I’m trying to say is, Tan, I love you.”

Shaq's reaction to best bits

After finishing in fourth place, Tanya and Shaq sat down for an interview with host Maya and watched back their 'best bits' from the series.

The highlights reel included clips of Tanya with Martin in Casa Amor, and viewers were quick to notice Shaq's unhappy reaction to watching his girlfriend's antics back

"Shaq fuming watching martin," one person tweeted with four laughing emojis. A second added: "shaq looks fuming again".

A third wrote: "Shaq looks fuming watch their best bits," and a fourth said: "Shaq is a bit of me, I’m forever fuming".

Sanam admits she 'loves' Kai

Sanam and Kai sat down for an interview with Maya before the winner of the series was revealed, and Sanam accidentally revealed she "loves" Kai in a sweet moment.

As Maya asked her about arriving on the show as a bombshell, Sanam said: "For me, it was always Kai. I always said he was my number one.

"Obviously he's a very attractive guy, but a part from the looks, I was just like I love, I fell in love," before breaking into giggles and covering her mouth as she realised what she'd said.

Kai & Sanam crowned winners

Kai and Sanam were crowned the winners of Love Island 2023 after receiving the most amount of public votes.

The pair couldn't hide their excitement as Maya revealed they'd won £50,000 to share, with their fellow Islanders flocking to congratulate them.

Lana and Ron came in second place, while Tom and Samie were third and Tanya and Shaq came fourth.

Winter Love Island 2023 is available to stream on ITVX.


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