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Love Island 2023 final: Who will be crowned the winners?

After eight weeks, the Love Island 2023 final is almost upon us, but which couple will bag the £50,000 prize and be crowned winners of the series?

The second winter series in South Africa has been as explosive as ever, with a total of 35 contestants having entered the villa, leading to numerous recouplings, head turnings and fallings out, which have kept the nation hooked.

With the final taking place on Monday, only five couples remain in the running, with this arguably proving to be one of the most wide-open series we have seen since the iconic reality show burst onto our screens in 2015.

WhatLove Island 2023
WhereCape Town, South Africa
WhenMonday 16th January – Monday 13th March 
How to watchITV2
OddsKai Fagan and Sanam Harrinanan 6/4, Tom Clare and Samie Elishi 2/1, Ron Hall and Lana Jenkins 10/3, Will Young and Jessie Wynter 9/2, Shaq Muhammad and Tanya Manhenga 66/1

Kai Fagan and Sanam Harrinanan - 6/4

This has been a story of redemption for Kai, who has gone from being one of the least-popular contestants with viewers, to one that could be on the verge of winning the whole thing.

Kai was involved in numerous couples during the early weeks of the series, pairing up with Tanyel Revan (twice), Anna-May Robey, Samie Elishi and Olivia Hawkins, but he consistently found himself at risk of elimination, being saved by his fellow islanders on more than one occasion.

The 24-year-old teacher appeared to have found what he was looking for with Olivia, but that was before he met Casa Amor bombshell Sanam, who not only turned his head, but helped propel him into one of the series' most popular figures.

Olivia - who also recoupled during Casa Amor - inadvertently boosted Kai's popularity as well, with viewers left impressed by how he handled their fiery reunion following that recoupling compared to the 27-year-old ring girl.

Kai and Sanam have since gone from strength-to-strength, avoiding a lot of the drama of recent weeks, and they justify their 6/4 odds in the To Win Outright market, although their hopes could be scuppered by the other islanders, who are voting to get rid of a couple ahead of Friday's show.

As the newest couple left in the villa, that status could put them at risk.

Tom Clare and Samie Elishi - 2/1

Semi-pro footballer Tom was the first bombshell of the series, joining on the opening night, and it is fair to say he has garnered plenty of attention from the girls in the villa, coupling up with the likes of Olivia, Zara Lackenby-Brown and Ellie Spence before getting together with estate agent coordinator Samie.

The duo have had their fair share of ups and downs, not least due to Tom's wandering eye in Casa Amor.. 

However, the public have got on board with the Macclesfield player since then, with his sincere apologies, which included a romantic poem that helped to win Samie back over.

Samie is also a popular figure in the villa after joining two weeks into the series. The 22-year is someone that appears to support her fellow islanders, although both her and Tom have been accused of perhaps having their say on too much of the drama over recent weeks.

These two were voted the hottest couple by viewers last week and could be on course to land the top prize at 2/1.

Ron Hall and Lana Jenkins - 10/3

They coupled up on day one, but it has been far from a straightforward journey for financial advisor Ron and make-up artist Lana, mainly due to the former's need to "test himself" during the opening weeks of the series.

Despite always declaring his fondness for Lana, Ron had his head turned (slightly at least) by bombshells such as Zara, Ellie and Samie before eventually realising ahead of Casa Amor that he was happy with his original partner.

Ron then proved his loyalty during Casa Amor - Lana's was never in doubt - and the couple have grown stronger ever since, even officially becoming boyfriend and girlfriend last week.

Some of his fellow islanders are still sceptical of Ron's intentions and it is fair to say he may not be the most popular figure in the villa, but Lana is one of the most liked and that could drive the 10/3 couple to victory come Monday night.

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Will Young and Jessie Wynter - 9/2

Farmer Will has been one of the biggest characters of this year's series, but it is easy to forget his search for love appeared a forlorn one until Aussie bombshell Jessie entered on day seven.

The duo instantly clicked and were many peoples' favourites to win the series prior to Casa Amor, but Will's interest in Layla Al-Momani almost broke the power couple.

They have since rekindled and declared their love for each other. Still, doubts remain regarding their suitability, with Jessie's intentions even being questioned by some of her fellow islanders as recently as last week.

Jessie has said she plans to move to the UK from Australia after the show, but the distance between each other outside the villa, coupled with the cracks that have shown in their relationship of late, leads to the possibility of them being voted least compatible by their fellow islanders and therefore missing out on the final.

As it stands Will and Jessie are 9/1 in the To Win Outright market

Shaq Muhammad and Tanya Manhenga - 66/1

Airport security officer Shaq and biomedical science student Tanya paired up on day one, declared their love for each other just weeks in and have now become boyfriend and girlfriend following their final date on Thursday.

However, these two are rank outsiders to win the series and have been voted amongst the least compatible couples by the viewers on two occasions.

This is perhaps down to Tanya's head being turned during Casa Amor by Martin Akinola, who she brought back into the main villa before promptly setting her sights back on Shaq.

There were arguments and tears aplenty, but after declaring how much she liked Shaq in front of the rest of the villa - including Martin - the couple have rekindled and seem to be in a good place.

Unfortunately, that does not appear to have been transmitted to the viewers, which is why Shaq and Tanya are seen as the 66/1 outsiders to end Love Island 2023 as winners.

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