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ITV denies Love Island producers told bombshell Danica to steal Luca from Gemma

ITV has denied reports that Love Island producers told newest bombshell Danica Taylor to 'stir the pot' between 'solid couple' Gemma Owen and Luca Bish.

The 21-year-old entered the Spanish villa on Friday night (June 17) and was given first pick of the boys in Sunday's recoupling.

Dancer Danica, from Leicester, shocked viewers when she chose to steal 23-year-old Luca from Gemma, 19, despite having the option to choose a single boy.

Luca held his head in his hands and looked gutted after being picked by Danica. Gemma was then forced to take back her previous partner Davide Sanclimenti.

The recoupling left newcomer Remi Lambert single and he was later dumped from the island.

According to MailOnline, ITV bosses convinced Danica to couple up with Luca in a bid to create drama and suspense.

Danica made a shock decision in the recent recoupling (Lifted Entertainment/ITV)

A show insider told the outlet : "Danica is a brilliant bombshell, she's beautiful, confident, and willing to do whatever it takes to find love in the villa.

"Producers were keen for her to steal Luca from Gemma during Friday's recoupling, and she was totally up for it."

They said whilst she could have chosen singletons Remi or Davide, she "plotted" with producers to create a dramatic new storyline.

Producers apparently wanted to put Gemma and Luca's relationship to the test.

Luca later reassured Gemma that he was only interested in her (ITV)

However, an ITV spokesperson told the Mirror: "This is not true. The opinions the Islanders have, decisions they make and the relationships formed are completely within the control of the Islanders."

Danica tried and failed to turn Luca's head, as the pair were sent on a date outside of the villa.

Producers organised a romantic beach picnic for Luca and Danica but the fishmonger later admitted that his heart was set on Michael Owen's daughter Gemma.

Speaking in the Beach Hut, Luca said: "I would say Danica is a very good-looking girl but she's not Gemma.

Luca made sure Danica didn't feel bad about her decision (ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

"F**ing hell what the hell is going on with me?"

Later that evening, Luca decided to sleep on his own, instead of in a bed with Danica. To the surprise of some fans, Gemma shared a bed with Davide.

Writing on Twitter, one person said: "No way Gemma slept in bed with Davide."

Another fan wrote: "Wait why did Gemma choose to sleep with Davide while Luca sleeps outside," whilst a third said: "PLEASE not gemma sleeping in the bed instead of with luca."

Danica has previously described her type as having dark hair and light eyes. She said she would like someone with a tan and would prefer to date an older man.

She revealed she had never dated anyone her age or younger, leaving some of the boys believing her perfect math could be Italian stallion Davide.

Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2.

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