Love Island returns to our screen next week – and this year there are some big names heading into the villa.
The hugely popular ITV2 dating show sees glamorous men and women get together in a Mallorcan villa, with the most popular couple on the show going on for the chance to win £100,000.
After much speculation, the first contestants heading into the villa on June 3 have been announced, and some of them are sure to cause some drama.
The varied group includes a beauty therapist, pharmacist, professional dancer and a certain boxer’s younger brother.
Throw into the mix a firefighter, rugby player and scientist, and viewers are in for a treat for this series, which will also see the return of hosts Caroline Flack and Iain Sterling.
Here are the five girls and seven boys who will be heading into the Love Island 2019 villa next week.
The younger brother of boxer Tyson Fury, 20-year-old Tommy is also a boxer and is one of the 12 names hoping to find love.
Hailing from Manchester, Tommy, who fights as a light-heavyweight boxer, said when asked about his claim to fame, that he is his “own man”.
He said: “It’s (my claim to fame) probably my brother, Tyson, but I’m my own man and I’ve said it throughout my whole boxing career.
“I don’t want to be labelled as his little brother, I’m my own man and I’m doing the best that I can do in life and that’s all I’m setting out to achieve.”
Asked how he rated himself, he says he’s a “solid eight” and named singer Ariana Grande as his celebrity crush.
The sports star also said he is a “loyal guy down to the roots”.
He said: “I’ve had a wandering eye before but I addressed that straight away. I’ve never cheated and I never will cheat. I’m a loyal guy down to the roots.”
Curtis is the younger brother of Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Pritchard and has himself competed on Ireland’s Dancing With The Stars.
The 23-year-old made headlines at the end of last year after he and AJ, 24, were attacked in a Cheshire nightclub.
Following the attack, Curtis needed knee surgery, while AJ was left with bruising to his face, arms, body and legs.
The Latin and Ballroom star said he was not a dating expert, explaining he’s only been on “less than 10 dates, maybe five”.
He said: “I have lived a very sheltered life because of my dancing, I’ve not done a lot of going out partying, going on dates, because I haven’t had time to.
“Being truthful I’ve probably been on less than 10 dates, maybe five dates. I have never met anyone online, I’ve never used a dating app. I’ve met everyone in person, which I think is better. All of this meeting people on social media and apps is fake.
“People portray their life how they want it to be and it isn’t how they truly are. I like to meet people in real life.”
Lucie is a 21-year-old surfer from Newquay.
Yewande is a 23-year-old scientist from Dublin who believes she is following in the footsteps of other intellectuals appearing on TV.
She said: “I’m a scientist, which is a unique job. I think people may be surprised.
“Every time I say that I’m a scientist, people are shocked.
“I think there are loads of intelligent people on reality television. Last year we had Dr Alex and the year before we had Camilla Thurlow in the villa.”
Joe is a 22-year-old catering company owner from south-east London.
The 24-year-old is a gym owner from Scotland.
Amber, 21, hails from Newcastle and works as a beauty therapist.
The 26-year-old from Worthing in Sussex, works as an air hostess and cabin crew manager.
Michael is a 27-year-old firefighter from Liverpool.
The 20-year-old is a chef and semi-professional rugby player from London.
The oldest of the girls, Anna is a 28-year-old pharmacist from London.
She said: “I’m difficult to handle, I’m a drama queen and I overreact. I’m clumsy and I’m a messy eater. I spill my drinks all the time.
“I’m stubborn as well, if I’m in a mood then it’s really hard to get me out of the mood.”
Callum is a 28-year-old aircraft engineer from South Wales.
- Love Island returns on June 3 and airs on ITV2 at 9pm.
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