Love Island’s most awkward Heart Rate Challenges EVER: As the All Stars villa continues to reel from explosive task a look back at 10 iconic performances from past seasons

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The Heart Rate Challenge is one of Love Island’s most iconic tasks, with viewers tuning in every year to watch the Islanders put on their sexiest performances. 

Fun, fearless and flirty, the dances are always a series highlight, but some of the performances don’t always go to plan… with the aftermath also equally as explosive. 

This year, the All Stars villa was rocked when it emerged exes Callum Jones and Molly Smith had raised each other’s heart rates the most, leaving their partners Jess Gale and Tom Clare less than impressed. 

Despite being tense at the time, the Islanders are always able to laugh off their efforts later on, with many crediting the task as being a villa highlight. 

Now, MailOnline takes a look back at 10 of the most awkward – and iconic – Heart Rate Challenges to date. 

Alex George – Season 4 

While he may have been terrified at the prospect of stripping off, Dr Alex George still threw himself into the challenge with aplomb

While he may have been terrified at the prospect of stripping off, Dr Alex George still threw himself into the challenge with aplomb

The good-natured doctor proceeded to make his way down to the firepit and rip off his shirt to reveal his muscly - and slightly sunburnt - physique

The good-natured doctor proceeded to make his way down to the firepit and rip off his shirt to reveal his muscly – and slightly sunburnt – physique

The girls attempted to laugh off the awkward dance, as Alex gyrated up against each of them

The girls attempted to laugh off the awkward dance, as Alex gyrated up against each of them 

While he may have been terrified at the prospect of stripping off, Dr Alex George still threw himself into the challenge with aplomb. 

The good-natured doctor proceeded to make his way down to the firepit and rip off his shirt to reveal his muscly – and slightly sunburnt – physique. 

The girls attempted to laugh off the awkward dance, as Alex gyrated up against each of them.

Speaking after the performance in the beach hut, Alex admitted: ‘I did a bit of smouldering, a few drops as well. That’s the first and last time you’ll ever see Doctor Alex stripping.’

Mal Nicol – Season 10

Probably the most relatable performance ever in the villa, Mal Nicol couldn't contain her laughter when she took part in the challenge

Probably the most relatable performance ever in the villa, Mal Nicol couldn’t contain her laughter when she took part in the challenge

Giggling throughout and attempting to bite her lip to stifle the sound, the boys were left in hysteric as Mal leant into her costume as a sexy cat and growled at them

Giggling throughout and attempting to bite her lip to stifle the sound, the boys were left in hysteric as Mal leant into her costume as a sexy cat and growled at them

The short and sweet performance may not have set any pulses racing but it definitely set off the boys' funny bones

The short and sweet performance may not have set any pulses racing but it definitely set off the boys’ funny bones

Probably the most relatable performance ever in the villa, Mal Nicol couldn’t contain her laughter when she took part in the challenge. 

Giggling throughout and attempting to bite her lip to stifle the sound, the boys were left in hysteric as Mal leant into her costume as a sexy cat and growled at them. 

The short and sweet performance may not have set any pulses racing but it definitely set off the boys’ funny bones.  

After being dumped from the villa, Mal filmed herself watching the scenes back, grimacing as she witnessed the dancing. 

Charlie Radnedge – Season 8 

Charlie Radnedge went for a butler in the buff look as he showed off his physique in a pair of black trousers with a white collar and bow tie

Charlie Radnedge went for a butler in the buff look as he showed off his physique in a pair of black trousers with a white collar and bow tie

However, everything fell apart when he decided to kick off his routine by performing the worm before being unable to rip off his trousers

However, everything fell apart when he decided to kick off his routine by performing the worm before being unable to rip off his trousers

Undeterred he went on to thrust himself at the giggling girls, waving his bottom in front of Danica Taylor's face while she visibly recoiled

Undeterred he went on to thrust himself at the giggling girls, waving his bottom in front of Danica Taylor’s face while she visibly recoiled

Within days of entering the villa, Charlie Radnedge was given the task of showing off his best moves and getting the girls’ hearts racing. 

He went for a butler in the buff look for his routine as he showed off his physique in a pair of black trousers with a white collar and bow tie. 

However, everything fell apart when he decided to kick off his routine by performing the worm before being unable to rip off his trousers.  

Undeterred he went on to thrust himself at the giggling girls, waving his bottom in front of Danica Taylor’s face while she visibly recoiled. 

Mike Boateng – Season 6

Pulses were certainly raised when Mike Boateng gave his best shot at the heart rate challenge

Pulses were certainly raised when Mike Boateng gave his best shot at the heart rate challenge

The policeman showed no signs of nerves as he twerked on all the girls and fashioned himself a thong out of tight briefs

The policeman showed no signs of nerves as he twerked on all the girls and fashioned himself a thong out of tight briefs

Mike even brought his own props, clutching a can of squirty cream and encouraging the girls to lick it off him

Mike even brought his own props, clutching a can of squirty cream and encouraging the girls to lick it off him

Pulses were certainly raised when Mike Boateng gave his best shot at the heart rate challenge. 

The policeman showed no signs of nerves as he twerked on all the girls and fashioned himself a thong out of tight briefs. 

Mike even brought his own props, clutching a can of squirty cream and encouraging the girls to lick it off him.  

Reflecting on the performance in the Beach Hut, Mike scored his efforts 7/10, adding: ‘I know some of these girls hearts were pumping!’

Mary Bedford – Season 7 

Viewers were left in shock when Mary Bedford strutted out for her performance, but not by her routine, by her shocking ensemble

Viewers were left in shock when Mary Bedford strutted out for her performance, but not by her routine, by her shocking ensemble 

The blonde bombshell looked a far cry from her typical glamorous self with a frizzy red wig plonked on her head and cheap mermaid costume

The blonde bombshell looked a far cry from her typical glamorous self with a frizzy red wig plonked on her head and cheap mermaid costume

Mary managed to get her own back that Halloween, however, as she shared an Instagram snap clad in a very sexy mermaid costume, captioned, 'this is how it should have been done.'

Mary managed to get her own back that Halloween, however, as she shared an Instagram snap clad in a very sexy mermaid costume, captioned, ‘this is how it should have been done.’

Viewers were left in shock when Mary Bedford strutted out for her performance, but not by her routine. 

The blonde bombshell looked a far cry from her typical glamorous self with a frizzy red wig plonked on her head and cheap mermaid costume. 

Past Love Island champion Amber Gill got involved in the online debate, confirming that the Islanders had no say on their outfits, which were chosen by producers.

Mary managed to get her own back that Halloween, however, as she shared an Instagram snap clad in a very sexy mermaid costume, captioned: ‘this is how it should have been done.’

Curtis Pritchard – Season 5

As a professional dancer, Curtis Pritchard was keen to put his moves on the ladies of the villa

As a professional dancer, Curtis Pritchard was keen to put his moves on the ladies of the villa

His iconic entrance flailing his arms and shaking his hips is one of the show's most memorable moments and only got better from there

His iconic entrance flailing his arms and shaking his hips is one of the show’s most memorable moments and only got better from there

Curtis didn't hold back as he put his moves on all the girls at the firepit

Curtis didn’t hold back as he put his moves on all the girls at the firepit 

As a professional dancer, Curtis Pritchard was keen to put his moves on the ladies of the villa.

His iconic entrance flailing his arms and shaking his hips is one of the show’s most memorable moments and only got better from there.  

He began by turning his attentions to a flustered Amber Gill, who said: ‘Curtis gets a 10 out of 10 from me!’

It was then Maura Higgins’ turn, with the dancer scooping her up in his arms and twirling her around. 

Paige Thorne – Season 8 

Dance: Model and dancer Tasha Ghouri, 23, is seen performing for Dami while wearing a hot pink swimsuit, looking very similar to a Barbie doll in a preview while Paige dressed in red

Dance: Model and dancer Tasha Ghouri, 23, is seen performing for Dami while wearing a hot pink swimsuit, looking very similar to a Barbie doll in a preview while Paige dressed in red

Baywatch: Paige donned a platinum blonde wig and a pair of white heels

Baywatch: Paige donned a platinum blonde wig and a pair of white heels 

Sizzling: Paige Thorne did her best Pamela Anderson impression in a Baywatch-style swimsuit for the steamy challenge

Sizzling: Paige Thorne did her best Pamela Anderson impression in a Baywatch-style swimsuit for the steamy challenge

Another Islander let down by the producers was Paige Thorne. 

The Welsh paramedic put on a very sexy performance and looked incredible in a high cut scarlet swimsuit. 

Yet the attempt to mimic Pamela Anderson in Baywatch was let down by one key element, her wig. 

Rather than turning her into a blonde bombshell, producers plonked a flat silver wig on her head, completely ruining the look.  

Will Young – Season 9 

Will Young was known for his flamboyance in the villa and that was certainly demonstrated in his epic performance

Will Young was known for his flamboyance in the villa and that was certainly demonstrated in his epic performance

Jigging over to the girls dressed as a sexy pirate, he instantly showed off his impressive dance moves before turning his attention to the waiting ladies

Jigging over to the girls dressed as a sexy pirate, he instantly showed off his impressive dance moves before turning his attention to the waiting ladies

Will's performance was bizarrely staged to the Wellerman Sea Shanty Remix which only added to the comical nature of the routine

Will’s performance was bizarrely staged to the Wellerman Sea Shanty Remix which only added to the comical nature of the routine

Will Young was known for his flamboyance in the villa and that was certainly demonstrated in his epic performance. 

Jigging over to the girls dressed as a sexy pirate, he instantly showed off his impressive dance moves before turning his attention to the waiting ladies.  

After being grinded on by the farmer, Samie Eilish was quick to quip: ‘No one will ever do it like Will!’ while his girlfriend Jessie Wynter squealed: ‘Oh my days, the hottest sailer I’ve ever seen. All these girls could see what they were missing out on.’ 

Will’s performance was bizarrely staged to the Wellerman Sea Shanty Remix which only added to the comical nature of the routine. 

Chris Taylor – Season 5 

Not many Islanders would consider kicking off their routine with a roly poly, but Chris Taylor took the move in his stride

Not many Islanders would consider kicking off their routine with a roly poly, but Chris Taylor took the move in his stride

Admitting he wanted to do some 'high risk' moves, Chris flung himself around the firepit, even finishing his routine with a cartwheel

Admitting he wanted to do some ‘high risk’ moves, Chris flung himself around the firepit, even finishing his routine with a cartwheel

It's a routine that stuck in Joanna Chimonides' head, as she remarked: 'Is this meant to be sexy? No, he tried bless him. It was the best experience and we all laughed'

It’s a routine that stuck in Joanna Chimonides’ head, as she remarked: ‘Is this meant to be sexy? No, he tried bless him. It was the best experience and we all laughed’

Not many Islanders would consider kicking off their routine with a roly poly, but Chris Taylor took the move in his stride. 

Admitting he wanted to do some ‘high risk’ moves, Chris flung himself around the firepit, even finishing his routine with a cartwheel. 

He didn’t neglect the girls, though, grinding up against them as they giggled. 

It’s a routine that stuck in Joanna Chimonides’ head, as she remarked: ‘Is this meant to be sexy? No, he tried bless him. It was the best experience and we all laughed.’  

Dani Dyer – Season 4 

Dani Dyer made it impossible to get any of the boys' hearts racing as she came out awkwardly flapping her pom poms

Dani Dyer made it impossible to get any of the boys’ hearts racing as she came out awkwardly flapping her pom poms

Dressed as a sexy cheerleader, Dani made a beeline for Jack Fincham and sat on his lap for roughly two seconds before flapping her pom poms at the others

Dressed as a sexy cheerleader, Dani made a beeline for Jack Fincham and sat on his lap for roughly two seconds before flapping her pom poms at the others

Ensuring absolutely no one would enjoy her performance, Dani finished up by squealing 'This is awful' at the boys

Ensuring absolutely no one would enjoy her performance, Dani finished up by squealing ‘This is awful’ at the boys

Dani Dyer made it impossible to get any of the boys’ hearts racing as she came out awkwardly flapping her pom poms. 

Dressed as a sexy cheerleader, Dani made a beeline for Jack Fincham and sat on his lap for roughly two seconds before flapping her pom poms at the others. 

Her heart clearly wasn’t in it as she confessed in the beach hut she was scared, while Jack mused: ‘Dani’s not going to come out here and grind on all my mates is she, bless her.’ 

Ensuring absolutely no one would enjoy her performance, Dani finished up by squealing ‘This is awful’ at the boys. 

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