What's the 'Love Island' Grafties? An explainer on the show's latest twist

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Whitney holding a microphone in the Love Island 2023 villa/ in a pink template with orange and purple gradients
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As the end of Love Island 2023 looms, the show's producers aren't quite ready to hang up their hats just yet, as they've introduced yet another shake-up to villa, in the form of the new Love Island Grafties.

The award ceremony was announced through the Love Island voting app and on Instagram Stories in the penultimate week, allowing viewers to nominate islanders for certain "Grafties" (a play on 'graft', which is a classic Love Island phrase) and teased at the end of the episode on Monday, July 24.

Naturally though, if you happened to miss the memo, this latest addition to the show's many challenges and events, might have left you somewhat baffled—so, allow us to explain what the Love Island Grafties actually are (and here's how to watch Love Island UK, if you need to catch up)...

What are the 'Love Island' Grafties?

So, if you've been wondering just, 'what is Love Island Grafties?' you're not alone, as Twitter itself, was flooding with puzzled viewers...

Effectively, it's an award show for the islanders, like that of the Grammy's for instance, but it's villa-themed—with viewers getting to vote, rather than the islanders themselves.

As ITV explained: "Next week 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!"

It was first announced on Saturday, July 22, with fans getting a chance to nominate which islanders they wanted to see up for the 'Graftie' categories through Love Island's official Instagram stories.

Now it seems we'll see the dramatic results of these votes during Tuesday's (July 25) installment, with the islanders getting to see what the viewers really think of them—which has previously proven to set tempers flaring...

What are the Love Island Grafties categories?

The categories for the 'award show' are:

  • Flirtiest Performance
  • It’s Giving Plot Twist
  • Most Snakey Sitch
  • Best Head-To-Head
  • WTF? Moment
  • Mad Moves

We're also assuming that these categories will also come with clips of the antics, similar to Movie Night and let's just say, we're very excited...

Alas, if you missed the votes over the weekend, you'll no longer be able to have your say—instead, you can just sit back, grab the popcorn and watch the drama ensue!

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.