With just a matter of days to go until the new series of Love Island bursts onto our screens, the singletons heading into the villa have been unveiled.
A total of 11 new Islanders were unveiled by ITV one by one on Monday, ahead of the show’s launch on 28 June.
The starting line-up comprises six girls and five boys, meaning there’s likely to be a twist after the first coupling-up ceremony, with a new arrival joining them shortly after.
The new Islanders include a civil servant, a luxury events host and a PE teacher who has played cricket for England physical disability team.
Get to know them all a little better below...
Occupation: Operations lead for the Department of Transport
She says: “I’ve been a civil servant since I was 18. I’ve worked in lots of different departments. I’ve been doing Brexit policy for the last year, I did a stint during the coronavirus pandemic in the Department of Health so I was helping deliver testing kits and managing the operations. It’s been an intense year!”
Occupation: Model and luxury events host
He says: “I need someone that is passionate about what they are doing - from scientist to anything – you can tell when someone is speaking about something and they are actually smiling while they are talking. I love that.”
Occupation: Waitress and marketing student
She says: “I’ve had people try and rinse me for a date at Nando’s, get the discount and stuff. But I’ve never had a date in one. I’ve had a few things happen at work. I’ve had a napkin shaped as a rose given to me which was cute, that was when I first started working there and then I’ve been proposed to. It was a bit unexpected!”
Occupation: PE teacher
He says: “I’ve actually played cricket for England PD (Physical Disability). I’ve been to Bangladesh, Dubai, I’ve been everywhere to play cricket. I was born with clubfoot. I had lots of operations when I was a kid.”
She says: “I don’t feed off looks, I feed off energy, I need someone with personality. Just someone I can have fun with. I need to make sure they’re for me. Looks – obviously, they’ve got to be handsome, but if he’s a handsome hunk but it’s like talking to a brick wall and I’d rather watch paint dry, it’s not going to be great.”
Occupation: Water engineer
He says: “I was in a relationship for seven years and then when lockdown hit, I was single. The opportunity is there, you might as well take it by the horns and go for it.”
Occupation: Fashion blogger
She says: “I’m fun, dramatic, spontaneous. Friendly as well. Light-hearted. Life is a party – I’m not the mum in the group, my friends are not looking at me to look after them!”
He says: “I try and make as much money as I can by doing as little as possible. They’d probably say – not lazy, as I’m energetic – I just try to get away with doing literally nothing.”
Occupation: Financial services marketing executive
She says: “Because I am quite a big character and quite loud, they would have to be as loud, if not more. I could never be with someone who is quiet.”
Occupation: Semi-Pro footballer
He says: “I’ve never been in a relationship. I thought, ’If Love Island can’t find me a relationship then no one can.”
Occupation: Lettings manager
She says: “In the last year we haven’t been able to experience anything. I’m open to anything. The opportunity came up so why wouldn’t I? I’d love to meet somebody, what better way to meet somebody than in the sun - amazing. ”
Love Island starts at 9pm Monday 28 June on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.