It’s that time of year again – when reality fans around the UK say goodbye to their summers so they can watch a group of randy singletons attempt to find love in the Mallorcan sunshine.
And a week before the new season of Love Island hits screens, ITV has unveiled the first 11 hopefuls set to enter the famous villa on a quest for long-lasting happiness [and maybe a spin-off series afterwards on ITVBe].
The boys outweigh the girls in the initial line-up, with six young bucks gearing themselves up to find the woman of of their dreams, like many [a few] couples before them.
Introducing the contestants of Love Island 2018: 11 New singles are set to enter the famous villa on June 4
Among the men are an A&E doctor, a construction worker, an Electrical and Nuclear Systems Design Engineer, a stationery salesman, a personal trainer and, surprisingly, just the one model.
The ladies are led by one familiar face – Dani Dyer, of Survival Of The Fittest and Danny Dyer’s daughter fame.
She makes her TV comeback after her epic fail in February, when she [literally] fell at the first hurdle and was sent home from Survival Of The Fittest after taking part in just one task.
She will be competing for the attentions of the boys alongside an air stewardess, a retail manager, a West End singer and [another] model.
The series is to be fronted once again by Caroline Flack who, this year, has bagged herself a reality star fiancé of her own in former Apprentice and Celebrity Big Brother star Andrew Brady.
Back for more: The series is to be fronted once again by Caroline Flack who, this year, has bagged herself a reality star fiancé of her own in former Apprentice and Celebrity Big Brother star Andrew Brady
Of selecting the cast for the new season, the former X Factor presenter has said: ‘I quite like it when we put people in who are a bit older. We have a few in this year who are maybe a bit more experienced.
‘I always like the girls and guys in there that I relate to; the ones who have made a few mistakes. We all make mistakes and it’s good to know other people do as well.’
She also hit back at the idea that the show is ‘soulless’.
She said: ‘That’s the opposite of what it is. I think if you watch it reminds you of the old fashioned way of dating.
Spin-offs galore: Last year’s champion Kem Cetinay will host Love Island: The Morning After, a spin-off podcast, alongside radio presented Arielle Free [L]. Caroline will also return to get the exclusive reaction to all the dates, the dumpings and the dramas that follow in Love Island’s studio show Love Island: Aftersun
LOVE ISLAND 2018: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
At it again: Dani has already tried to become a reality star this year
Name: Dani Dyer
Location: East London
Claim To Fame: Aside from the fact that she made a 24-hour appearance on Survival Of The Fittest in February [she was sent home after the first challenge due to an injury], her father is EastEnders actor Danny Dyer. Rumours have swirled since her failed attempt at becoming a reality star that she was going to give Love Island a stab. Her dad is said to have been ‘livid’ that she had to leave Survival Of The Fittest, despite Dani admitting that he was ‘very protective’ about her going on the show in the first place.
Past Relationships: Two serious exes and single for the last two years. ‘I’ve never used a dating app,’ she admits.
Biggest Turn Off: Dani admits that ‘when a boy is far too full on’ it sends her running for the hills. ‘I hate when a boy asks you direct “do you fancy me?” You don’t say that. I don’t like cringe-worthy quotes or chat up lines. Don’t chat me up!’
Best Feature: Dani thinks her hair and her eyes are the best things about her.
Worst Quality: ‘Sometimes I’m a bit too much,’ she admits.
Doctor Dreamy: Alex admits being filmed 24 hours is ‘worrying’
Name: Dr Alex George
Occupation: A&E Doctor
Location: Carmarthen, West Wales
Biggest Turn Off: Alex admits that he doesn’t like ‘high maintenance girls’. Elaborating on this, the hunky doctor says: ‘I think it’s brilliant to look good but spending three hours to get ready to go and walk on the beach is too much for me.’
Past Relationships: A four year relationship. It ended three years ago. Alex is looking for love [but also fancies himself as a new TV doctor].
New to dating: Hayley is a self-professed inexperienced dater
Name: Hayley Hughes
Claim To Fame: Hayley was once in an ITV advert [not for Love Island].
Past Relationships: One relationship and a self-professed inexperienced dater. She says: ‘I’ve only slept with one guy. I was with him for five years. We got together at such a young age, when I was 16. You just grow up, and grow apart. I knew the relationship was over before it was over. I don’t think he’ll like seeing me on the show.’
He’s booked: Eyal is a model and has had ‘quite a few’ relationships
Name: Eyal Booker
Claim To Fame: Eyal was once in a pop band called EverYoung. ‘We had small time success and toured the country, built up a little fan base and there was fan girl hysteria,’ he says.
Biggest Worry: ‘I’m a bit nervous but I think anyone would be! My parents, my sister and my Gran might see something that they don’t necessarily want to see. Besides that, I’m excited,’ he admits.
Fasten Your Seat-belts: Laura is an air stewardess
Name: Laura Anderson
Occupation: Cabin Crew
Location: Stirling, Scotland
Looking For: Laura says she wants ‘a rugged, real man’ and ‘someone that knows what they want’.
Past Relationships: She admits to having had ‘loads of boyfriends – nine’ and that ‘two have been in the public eye’.
Thoughts On Cheating: ‘I think it’s the lowest of the low. It’s very selfish and arrogant. I have been cheated on, and I have cheated once,’ she admits.
Squeaky: Kendall worries her voice will annoy people
Name: Kendall Rae-Knight
Occupation: Retail Manager
Worst Attribute: Kendall doesn’t like her own voice, branding it ‘high and squeaky’.
Claim To Fame: She once won Miss North West and represented the whole of the North West in the Miss England final, which was in 2015. ‘I stopped most of the pageants and modelling when I met my ex. I’d probably do more modelling in the future,’ she adds.
Wind up: Niall isn’t fussed about loyalty to other guys
Name: Niall Aslam
Occupation: Student and Construction Worker
Biggest Worry: ‘Being the first one voted out. I’ve also got a worry that I’m going to get pied constantly,’ Niall says.
Thoughts On Loyalty: Niall doesn’t seem too worried about swooping in on another guy’s turf. He says: ‘I don’t care who a lad is if he is big, better looking, I’m still going in there and I’ll still rock up and try and chat up his missus. I wouldn’t say I’m a wind up, I just don’t really think about consequences.’
Good dater: Wes has ‘never had a bad date’
Name: Wes Nelson
Occupation: Electrical and Nuclear Systems Design Engineer
Dating History: Wes declares that he has ‘never had a bad date’ and that ‘they’ve all been pretty good’.
Best Feature: His cheekbones apparently win him many a-compliment.
Worst Quality: He’s always late.
Chequered past: Adam admits he has a history of cheating
Name: Adam Collard
Occupation: Personal Trainer and Gym Director
Dating [And Cheating] History: Adam admits he’s cheated before and that although he felt guilty about it he was young. He claims he ‘gets a lot of attention’ when he is dating someone and that he once walked out on a first date.
Looking For: ‘I like meeting people and talking to everybody so I think even if I do or I don’t find Mrs Right, it’ll be fine,’ Adam says.
Loves the limelight: Samira has appeared on stage in Mamma Mia
Name: Samira Mighty
Occupation: West End Performer
Claim To Fame: Samira says her experience on stage has given her a taste of stardom having appeared in Mamma Mia and Dreamgirls. ‘Everyone in the West End knows everybody. So it will be a big shock when they see me on this show,’ she says.
Clumsy: Jack says he’s a total klutz
Name: Jack Fincham
Occupation: Stationery Sales Manager
Wosrt Date: ‘I took a girl out to a lovely pub next to the Thames and I was trying to be cool, ordered some drinks for us and then as I put my hand up to pay for them, I knocked the drinks back on to the barman and they poured down him and smashed on the floor. He was fuming,’ recalls Jack.
‘These days, when everyone is on Tinder and Instagram, and on their mobile phones, it actually is the style of having a conversation and getting to know one another. It’s old school dating.’
In addition, last year’s champion Kem Cetinay will host Love Island: The Morning After, a spin-off podcast, alongside radio presented Arielle Free.
Caroline will also return to get the exclusive reaction to all the dates, the dumpings and the dramas that follow in Love Island’s studio show Love Island: Aftersun.
Love Island premieres on ITV2 at 9PM on June 4. Read on for the juice on the first 11 cast members.
Beach babe: Kendall Rae Knight slipped her incredibly tanned and toned bikini body into a pale blue two-piece as she posed for a photoshoot at the villa on Sunday
Eye-catching looks: The brunette beauty once won Miss North West and represented the whole of the North West in the Miss England final, so will be sure to send the males contestant’s heart aflutter
Flirty display: Kendall playfully splashed around in the water as she filmed her shots for the show
She’s a natural: The reality star reclined on a sun lounger at one point as they filmed scenes for the show
Getting an eyeful: Samira Mighty oozed confidence as she posed in a red and green striped two-piece which left one of the cameramen ogling her peachy derriere
Chasing the dream: Samira says her experience on stage has given her a taste of stardom having appeared in Mamma Mia and Dreamgirls
Toned: The West End star flaunted her pert posterior in the tiny bikini bottoms as she took a break from wearing her high heels during the photo session
On Sunday, the bevvy of beauties got accustomed to the Love Island villa as they slipped into bikinis for a sultry photoshoot.
Kendall Rae Knight flaunted her incredibly tanned and toned bikini body into a pale blue two-piece while model Hayley Hughes put on a very cheeky display as she strutted around the Love Island lovenest in a tiny red thong bikini.
Meanwhile, Samira Mighty oozed confidence as she posed in a red and green striped two-piece which left one of the cameramen ogling her peachy derriere.
Gearing up for the show: Samira chatted to a male crew member in-between takes for her bikini photo-shoot
Peachy: Hayley Hughes put on a very cheeky display as she strutted around the Love Island lovenest in a tiny red thong bikini
Dolled to the nines: The contestant adjusted her tiny bottoms as she smoldered for the camera
Wanting to find love: Hayley says she has had one relationship and is a self-professed inexperienced dater
Heartbreaker: The star was dressed to impress for the bikini photoshoot as she added a boost to her leggy frame with a pair of nude heels
Working the camera: The 21-year-old Liverpudlian beauty worked her magic as she seductively posed on some rockery for the sultry photoshoot
That’s a wrap! Kendall was later seen covering up following her time in front of the camera