Paul Knops has all the power in Love Island 2018 tonight.
In the latest recoupling, he faces a big decision between original Islander Laura Anderson and new girl Alexandra Cane. Pondering over the two girls, Paul starts the day by coming clean to Dr Alex about the potential spark developing between him and Alexandra.
Paul says: “I hadn’t even thought about the Alexandra possibility. She told me that she was interested in me, and I’m flattered and it’s nice but it changes your thought process. But I have said to her she’s a beautiful girl, I would like to get to know her, but I’m absolutely no way going to do that until you and Alex have spoken about it.”
Alexandra is also setting her sights on Paul, as she tells the Beach Hut: “The situation with Paul…whatever will be will be, I just need to be myself today. Just be fun, flirty, I just have to let him see the best side of me.”
On his own feelings towards Alexandra, Paul remains non-committal as he opens up in the Beach Hut: “We are attracted to each other, it’s difficult because I’ve got Laura… I am interested in her. If I had to choose between one of them at this very moment…I don’t know.”
Meanwhile, with ‘old Laura’ also intent on pursuing Paul, she admits the situation may have driven a wedge between her and Alexandra: “I’ve kind of noticed, last night I didn’t feel like maybe me and Alexandra were hanging out as much. You know when you know that someone doesn’t actually look at you. Nothing’s even happened yet but I think she was just feeling a bit competitive.”
With the recoupling just hours away, Paul confides in Wes and Josh that he is no closer to making a decision.
He explains: “I don’t think anyone can call it. The decision if I do make, it then has to go with I’ve made that decision and then I want to go with it and I really want to get to know them. This decision tonight needs to be final.”
Back in the Beach Hut, Paul admits it’s likely to go down to the wire: “First recoupling! I’m literally just the biggest dilemma today. The more I talk to Laura, the more I like her. But I speak to Alexandra and she is a typical type for me. It’s just an interesting one, I think to the last second I’m still not going to be able to make my choice.”
Meanwhile Laura and Alexandra take the time to chat about the situation, with Laura telling Alexandra: “I did not see this coming. Whatever happens. We just never want a boy to come between our friendship. We just need to suck it up and again we don’t even know what’s going to happen.
“If he couples up with you, I will massively take that as ‘me and him weren’t meant to be’ so I won’t dwell on it. I’ve done it before, I can do it again. So good luck to both of us. We think we both want him, but whatever will be, will be what’s right for us.”
With the recoupling looming, it looks like whatever Paul decides he’ll be breaking someone’s heart.
Love Island 2018 airs tonight at 9PM on ITV2.