Love Island fans slam Joey Essex's kissing technique while Samantha admits smooch was 'all teeth'

Samantha in beach hut laughing
-Credit: (Image: ITV)


Joey Essex may have made an impression when he made a shock entrance into the Love Island villa, but it seems like his kissing technique isn’t up to scratch.

The TOWIE legend couldn’t believe his luck in the latest challenge, as he was asked to select three girls he was most attracted to during Tuesday night’s show, and kiss them for ten seconds.

The lucky ladies were Samantha, Harriet and Nicole, but despite his experience with the ladies, these Islanders were less than impressed. Samantha, in particular.

Makeup artist Samantha took to the famous beach hut to ‘slam’ the kiss, as she said the lip lock was “all teeth”.

It doesn't look like she was the only one with complaints, as fans were left horrified with the way the reality star positioned his mouth.

Joey Essex kissing Samantha
Joey Essex kissed three Islanders during the challenge but fans weren't impressed with his technique -Credit:ITV

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, one fan penned: “Joey looks like he can’t kiss I can’t lie!” exclaimed one.

“Joey? Why does he kiss like that?” questioned another concerned fan. A third laughed: “Joey Essex isn’t trying to kiss these girls he’s tryna bite them lmao “

“Why are they all kissing like this??” questioned another.

Joey’s technique wasn’t the only thing to get complaints by viewers as many were ‘disgusted’ by the sounds, calling for producers to turn the mics down.

“Oh brother they need to mute them when they’re kissing #LoveIsland,” one demanded.

Joey Essex kissing in Love Island villa
Joey's decision meant Sam Taylor was sent home after less than 24 hours -Credit:ITV

A second said: “Forgot how grimy the kiss sounds were.”

Samantha will be hoping Joey can improve his kissing technique as the star chose to couple up with her, sending hairdresser Sam Taylor packing, after just 24 hours in the villa.

In the dramatic ending to Tuesday night’s episode, the Islanders were told to gather round the firepit as the reality star made his decision.

The former Celebs Go Dating star then announced he would be choosing to recouple with Samantha, sending Sam on a flight back home.

"I've obviously got to know all you girls on a nice level and I've got to know you boys on a cool level,” he announced before making the difficult decision.

Sam Taylor has been sent home
Sam Taylor has been sent home -Credit:ITV

"But obviously this is Love Island. I had to go with my heart and I definitely feel like this is the right decision,” he told fellow Islanders moments before Sam found out his fate.

Although Joey is coupled with Samantha, in a teaser for tomorrow night’s episode, the TOWIE star could be seen getting flirty with Harriet Blackmore, as they shared some ‘time alone’ in the hideaway.