Love Island fans livid as iconic final week challenge ‘axed’ to make way for new feature

Love Island 's beloved baby challenge may have been scrapped this season, much to fans' dismay.

This summer's edition of the phenomenally popular reality dating show has been rife with drama, twists and turns. With the final just around the corner, the remaining couples have their eyes on the prize.

Many viewers will have been anticipating seeing how the villa stars would fare during the infamous baby challenge, which sees each couple tasked with a doll they must care for as though it's the real deal. The “infants” cry and must be fed, burped, changed, and well looked after.

But we won't see this year's finalists face the challenge, according to reports. The cancellation of the fan favourite has yet to be confirmed by ITV, but many viewers have still expressed their sadness at its potential loss.

As with all Love Island developments, they took to Twitter to share their thoughts. One fan said: “Hold on ..where’s the baby episode then…that’s my favourite and they usually do that while there’s 5 couples and before final dates so confused”.

Another unimpressed viewer said: “Just found out the baby challenge is not taking place this year… heartbroken”, while a third commented: “NO BABY CHALLENGE THIS SEASON AND NOBODY HAS SAID ANYTHING WTF?”

And another wanted to see the back of Saturday night’s ‘unseen bits’ show in favour of the challenge: “Can we not have an unseen bits this Saturday? Give us the baby challenge.”

OK! has contacted ITV for confirmation about the baby challenge.

But some viewers were happy to see the back of the babies. One fan said: “I love how producers axed the baby challenge and replaced it with the grafties”. Another echoed such sentiments and added: “I hope The Grafties replace the baby challenge”.

The Grafties was a new feature this season, and saw the Islanders given awards as voted for by the public. Ahead of the airing of the awards, ITV revealed: “The Islanders will be putting on their finest garms and attending The Grafties – Love Island’s hottest new award ceremony!

“Our loved-up boys and girls are up for a variety of awards, and it’s YOU who will choose the winner of each category!”

Each category had three nominees, with the Islanders able to watch a clip of each nominee before the winner was revealed. The winner then collected their award and gave an acceptance speech.

The categories at the awards ceremony were:

  • Flirtiest Performance

Nominees: Abi, Scott and Ella B

  • It’s Giving Plot Twist

Nominees: Jess, Mitch and Zach

  • Most Snakey Sitch

Nominees: Abi, Jess and Lochan

  • WTF? Moment

Nominees: Molly, Sammy and Jess

  • Best Head to Head

Nominees: Whitney, Ella and Mitch

  • Mad Moves

Nominees: Zach, Tyrique and Mitch

Viewers will have to tune in to see if The Grafties make a return during the winter edition of the show, as well as next year's summer series.

Love Island airs tonight at 9pm on ITV2 and ITVX.

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