Good grief. This season’s Love Island is so gosh darn complicated you need a PhD in reality television studies to even begin to unpack the tangled web of lip-locking.
Now, I was fuming along with the best of them when likeable Georgia Steel was unceremoniously chucked by Josh for newcomer, Kazimir Crossley.
But since then, the spurned lady has turned from sweet to savage, apparently pouncing on newcomer Jack right under Laura Anderson’s furious nose.
Worst of all fellow sofa-islanders, we too have been snaked big time by this controversial smooch…
Okay I’m ending this with an unpopular opinion. Jack went in for a polite goodbye kiss, Georgia tried to pull him back in for more and he pulled away. Georgia was putting the moves on him = not loyal. #loveisland
— Kerry Donaghy (@kerryd0naghy) July 6, 2018
If Jack didn’t want a kiss from Georgia there is no well in hell they would of been able to kiss twice. As Dani said it takes 2 to mingle so Laura has to realise “her guy” may not be as into her #loveisland
— jenade (@imguccixx) July 6, 2018
Now, let’s begin with the original story of betrayed loyalties and shattered friendships.
20-year-old Georgia kicked up a right storm when she chose to have a first date with footballer Jack – who was already loved up with her supposed mate Laura. A girl-code no-no if ever there was one.
29-year-old air hostess Laura was understandably peeved at this decision, raging:
I’m not going to comfort the girl because she’s taking the guy I’m seeing out on a date. I’m nice but I’m not that nice. Give me a break!
I don’t believe that Georgia doesn’t fancy Jack. I think she fancies Jack. 100 per cent.
After having her heart bruised by Wes, Laura was understandably nervous about the date. And sadly, her suspicions were justified.
Indeed, when Georgia and Jack (not to be confused with Jack Fincham) headed out on their first date, their friendship appeared to be anything but platonic.
Unleashing her inner snake, a gooey-eyed Georgia purred:
Don’t get me wrong, I think you and Laura are lovely, but at the same time I have to look at a bigger variety.
At the end of the day, I ain’t here to take the easy route, I’m in here to be me.
As they enjoyed a bottle of champagne together in the sunshine, Jack confessed:
If there was a girl at the moment who could spin my head, it would be you because out of all the girls in there, apart from Laura I’ve got to know you more than anyone… It’s a bit of an eye opener.
#loveisland So I’ve been on Georgia’s side this whole time but I’ve just rewatched the kiss between her and jack and omg jack was telling the truth. Georgia, you ain’t loyal and you’ve lied not only to Laura but to yourself… babe
— Ebsta ? (@ebony_baptiste) July 10, 2018
Unpopular opinion but even though the video shows Georgia going in for the second kiss, jack could have turned his head or said no if he really didn’t want her to & he was flirting throughout the wholeeeee date, dont think georgias in the wrong #loveisland
— Ellie (@e_maecooper) July 6, 2018
The date took a steamier turn when Jack leaned in for a peck on the cheek. At this point, Georgia placed her hands beneath his face and went for a bit of lip action.
However, the events all got a little bit murky, with both contestants claiming the other had instigated the snog.
Jack insisted he ‘went in for a kiss on her cheek and she came towards me straight on and she kissed me on the lips.’
But Georgia had a different story entirely, protesting, ‘I don’t graft anyone, he came to kiss me.’ Who were we to believe?
For argument’s sake… here’s the damning footage:#LoveIsland
It almost kinda DOES look like New Jack went for more of a cheek kiss! pic.twitter.com/JCfClqEsK1
— Luck (@1029LEL) July 6, 2018
Ooo dani defending georgia, im sure if she went on a date with your jack and kissed him you would be acting like laura ?
— Melissa Wharton (@melissawhartonx) July 5, 2018
Oh Wes SSSHHHHH georgia put it on Jack. I like Jack. He is fair and honest. #LoveIsland
— Ferne McCann (@fernemccann) July 6, 2018
#loveisland ive literally watched the kiss over 10 times and Georgia was chasing his lips, and he tried to avoid hers, let's not forget she is a drama student, but the cameras don't lie, despite being a little too flirty on the date Jack's account of the kiss was 100% accurate
— Rants&OpinionsGalore (@Nickky143) July 6, 2018
— Nicole Gourdie (@ng_crc) July 7, 2018
Luckily, Detective Caroline Flack was on the case and, using video assisted referee footage, figured out once and for all who was the kisser and who was the innocent kissee.
However, this footage – shot from three separate angles – only raised more questions than answers. Namely, was this kiss… fixed? Surely Love Island would never stoop so low…
Studious fans noticed how the replayed kiss was slightly off in terms of timing, proving the scene had actually been shot twice.
WHO KISSED WHO? ? @carolineflack1 has dug out even more camera angles to get to the bottom of the question on everyone's lips this week… Bring on the VAR! #LoveIslandAftersun pic.twitter.com/80s4dWD8ah
— Love Island (@LoveIsland) July 8, 2018
— The Tab (@TheTab) July 10, 2018
In the first angle, Wes and Muggy Megan could be seen kissing just as Georgia and Jack rose from their chairs to kiss.
However, in the next shot, Georgia and Jack were already locking lips while Megan and Wes got up from the table.
People are furious at this complete disregard for documentary integrity.
One person ranted:
Are any of these ‘Reality TV’ shows actually real anymore?! They’re all so predictable, I’m bored of them.
They’ve had their day, it’s time to drop them now. All one big fake snooze fest.
The first one was obviously the awks one and then they redid it for camera: double awks.
You’re so right. The first one was obviously the awks one and then they redid it for camera: double awks.
— Annabel Lloyd / King (@annie_lloyd) July 10, 2018
This actually makes sense now!! Probably the first time they kissed they both went in at the same time like Georgia claims, but the second time production filmed it , jack changed his mind and backed away?? #LoveIsland
— Luce (@LuceValentine1) July 10, 2018
— CH (@caithunt_) July 10, 2018
Are any of these 'Reality TV' shows actually real anymore?! They're all so predictable, I'm bored of them. They've had their day, it's time to drop them now. All one big fake snooze fest. #LoveIsland #BBUK #TOWIE #EOTB #MIC
— ?Sarah? (@XxSJxX_) July 10, 2018
omg!!!!!! knew the whole show was fake but bit sad seeing it actually is
— lily (@lilybaileyy_) July 10, 2018
His arm is different as well on one of them he goes to put his hand on her neck/face and on the other his arm is just by his side????? And on both takes it looks like they have just stood up and go to walk away. WEIRD
— Beth Ascroft (@bethhascroft) July 10, 2018
So, what are we saying? Fake or the real deal?
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.