Love Island line-up: Full list of contestants for new series

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Laura Whitmore - Love Island starts at 9pm Monday 6th June on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox. (ITV)
Laura Whitmore - Love Island starts at 9pm Monday 6 June on ITV2 and ITV Hub. (ITV)

Love Island is finally revealing its series 8 cast today ahead of the show's premiere on 6 June.

The show will once again be presented by Laura Whitmore and be set on the island of Mallorca as singles swap the rain of Britain for the sun of Spain.

Gemma Owen - 19

Gemma Owen - Love Island 2022. (ITV)
Gemma Owen - Love Island 2022. (ITV)

The daughter of England footballing legend Michael Owen will be entering the Love Island villa saying she is 'wanting to have a really fun summer.'

A keen horserider, Gemma says sport runs in the family and has competed for Great Britain in dressage since she was aged 11.

"I would say I’m very competitive. [When it comes to relationships] I will always go for what I want. But at the same time, I’m not going to mess up something for someone who is in a proper relationship or get in the way of a couple if they have a genuine connection. I wouldn’t do anything to another girl that I wouldn’t be happy with them doing to me."

Paige Thorne - 24

Paige Thorne - Love Island starts at 9pm Monday 6th June on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox. (ITV)
Paige Thorne - Love Island. (ITV)

Paige Thorne was the first cast member unveiled by ITV. From Swansea, Paige says she is going on Love Island because she misses "love and connection" after coming out of a relationship.

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She says she will bring "positive energy" to the villa and adds that her cooking skills may come in handy. The 24-year-old paramedic says Gordon Ramsay would be "impressed" with her roast potatoes.

Dami Hope - 26

Dami Hope - Love Island 2022 (ITV)
Dami Hope - Love Island 2022 (ITV)
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Also joining the show is 26-year-old microbiologist Dami Hope from Dublin. He says he is going on Love Island because: "This year I was kind of being more open to new things and I think actually that's why I put myself out there to get some new experiences."

The scientist also appears to have a keen love for astrology: "When I’m actually in a relationship, I think it’s a star sign thing, I’m an Aries but I’m very passionate - I always used to put that person first. If they had something they wanted to do or something they were passionate about, I’d make sure that even if it’s something I’m not talented at I’d get talented at it just so it helps them. I’m really good at being in a team and actually looking after each other."

Indiyah Pollock - 23

Indiyah Polack - Love Island 2022. (ITV)
Indiyah Polack - Love Island 2022. (ITV)

Indiyah Pollock, a 23-year-old hotel waitress from London is the third announced cast member. She's going on Love Island because she laments dating in the age of social media: "I have been single for some time and I feel like for my generation of people, it’s quite hard to date without being influenced by social media and stuff like that."

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Liam Llewellyn - 22 - LEFT day 5

Liam Llewellyn - Love Island 2022. (ITV)
Liam Llewellyn - Love Island 2022. (ITV)

Masters student Liam thinks going on Love Island will be a great opportunity to meet someone, because 'you’re in with a load of different types, so you can get to grips with what you really like about people.'

From Newport, South Wales, he says he wears his heart on his sleeve. "I can’t hide how I feel about anyone. I’m probably quite emotional as well come to think about it."

Liam chose to leave the show after just five days, gathering his co-stars around the firepit to tell them he hadn't been feeling himself in the villa.

He had been dropped by Gemma, who he was originally paired with, and hadn't managed to make a connection with any of the other girls.

Tasha Ghouri - 23

Tasha Ghouri - Love Island 2022 (ITV)
Tasha Ghouri - Love Island 2022 (ITV)

Hailing from Thirsk, model and dancer Tasha — who has impaired hearing and wears a cochlear implant — admits that her love life is 'a shambles' and hopes to find 'the one' on Love Island this summer.

She says she's definitely a 'party animal' saying 'I love my prosecco and to have a dance - I’m always on the dance floor.'

"I’m very loyal to my friends and family, I’ll always have their backs. I’m the type of person to put others before me. They would definitely say I’m a nap queen - I love napping! I think they’d also say I’m inspirational because of my hearing and my cochlear implant. I inspire quite a lot of people because I’m really open about it."

Ikenna Ekwonna - 23 - DUMPED day 16

Ikenna Ekwonna - Love Island 2022 (ITV)
Ikenna Ekwonna - Love Island 2022 (ITV)

Pharmaceutical Salesperson Ikenna, who has only been in one relationship in the past, hopes to bring some spontaneity to the Love Island villa this summer.

"I’m not really shy to speak to people and I don’t really care too much about what people think," he says.

Andrew Le Page - 27

Andrew Le Page - Love Island 2022 (ITV)
Andrew Le Page - Love Island 2022 (ITV)

Guernsey real estate agent Andrew says he's joining Love Island after finding himself single for the first time in a while.

He says he makes a loyal and generous boyfriend, and once surprised his ex with a trip to Paris for her birthday. "I pretended that I got her absolutely nothing and she was kind of fuming. Then I whipped out that, ‘We're actually going to Paris tomorrow’. She was very happy with that!"

Amber Beckford - 24 - DUMPED day 16

Amber Beckford - Love Island 2022 (ITV)
Amber Beckford - Love Island 2022 (ITV)

London-based nanny Amber says she's going to jump into the Love Island experience 'two feet in', and is looking forward to chatting with the other girls on the show.

One turn off for her is guys who like to flash the cash. "I don’t like flashy, showy-offy guys - just have a personality and make me laugh. There was this one guy and he was trying to purposefully show off his car keys and we were literally in the middle of a restaurant!"

Luca Bish - 23

Luca Bish - Love Island 2022. (ITV)
Luca Bish - Love Island 2022. (ITV)

Tattooed fishmonger Luca came out of a long-term relationship a year ago, and is now looking for someone new on Love Island.

He says he usually takes a casual approach to meeting girls, and likes for romance to strike naturally.

"I prefer to meet girls out and about. I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it. If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you out on a date but other than that, if we talk and I don’t like where it’s going - then I won’t be throwing out dates."

Love Island starts at 9pm Monday 6 June on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.

Bombshells

Davide Sanclimenti - 27

Italian business owner Davide is joining Love Island to find a match as gets serious about his life and goals. "I want to find my soulmate, find my person so I can actually build something in the future, grow with them, be a family," he says.

"I’m going to be the Italian stallion in the Villa! With my Italian charm, I can also be a very romantic guy," he adds. "I’m good looking and I’ve realised since I first arrived in Manchester, a lot of English girls actually love me. They love to be around me and I love to be around them. It’s going to be fun, I’m looking forward to it."

Davide has actually been in the series since the first episode, entering as an early bombshell.

Afia Tonkmor - DUMPED day 8

Afia Tonkmor was an episode two bombshell. (ITV)
Afia Tonkmor was an episode two bombshell. (ITV)

The 25-year-old private members' club lounge host from London is hoping for a fun summer of love and laughs.

She said: "It just seems like a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet someone, have an amazing summer, just have so much fun and have a bit of a summer romance as well."

Afia added: "I fall in love quickly, too quickly, two dates I am like, ‘OMG I am obsessed with this boy, he’s everything.’"

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu also entered the villa in episode two. (ITV)
Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu also entered the villa in episode two. (ITV)

Unusually for a Love Island contestant, Ekin-Su is hoping for more than just good looks - she wants a partner with brains, too.

The 27-year-old actor from Essex said: "I’m quite picky and I’m not just looking for looks, I’m looking for brains! I’m looking for someone with intelligence, someone who can have good chats. Nothing like cockiness! I’m looking for a serious man and a serious relationship.

"I’m looking for that real genuine spark and they just see me as me. I think the concept of the show brings back true and raw feelings."

Jacques O'Neill - 23

Rugby league player Jacques is Gemma's ex-boyfriend. (ITV)
Rugby league player Jacques is Gemma's ex-boyfriend. (ITV)

Professional rugby league player Jacques has been released from his contract with the Castleford Tigers to spend a summer looking for love.

However, despite saying he's "good vibes only", things aren't going to be totally straightforward for Jacques as when he made his entrance, a shocked Gemma told the others he was her ex-boyfriend who she had dated for a year.

Jacques, who has been recovering from a hamstring injury, said: "We all think we’re a catch, don’t we? I’m loyal, I’m respectful and I’ve got good manners. I’ll look after someone close to me to the full extent I can.

"I would have a baby in two or three years. I think I’d be good with babies too, they’d be good looking wouldn’t they?"

Jay Younger - 28

Jay has something in common with Gemma. (ITV)
Jay has something in common with Gemma. (ITV)

Investment analyst Jay from Edinburgh could have something in common with Gemma, as his footballer grandad played for Liverpool and captained Scotland.

He describes himself as indecisive and unpredictable, but said: "I think I genuinely have what most females want. I’ve got a good job, I think I am a good looking lad and I have a lot of fun so I feel like I could add a lot of value to their lives if they add a lot of value to mine."

Remi Lambert - 22 - DUMPED day 14

Remi is looking for a 10/10 partner. (ITV)
Remi is looking for a 10/10 partner. (ITV)

The male model from Manchester is hoping to achieve Love Island couple goals by moving into the villa.

He said: "I am single AF! When I saw Molly [Mae Hague] and Tommy [Fury] and saw how strong they are together, I thought, ‘I want a love like that.’"

Remi has also said he likes to think outside the box when it comes to dating: "I’ll do random stuff like canoeing or a hot air balloon. I’m down for anything really.

"I took a girl to Paris once. I only knew her for two weeks and I thought ‘this girl is 10/10, I need to take her to Paris’."

Danica Taylor - 21

Danica Taylor says she doesn't mind stepping on toes. (ITV)
Danica Taylor says she doesn't mind stepping on toes. (ITV)

The dancer from Leicester has just finished uni and is planning on spending her summer stepping on a few toes.

She said: "I don’t really see competition, I am a very self assured girl, I know myself, I know what I bring to the table and there are stunning girls in that villa but I back myself.

"There’s obviously going to be competition because there are guys in there that I like that are already interested in other girls but I have no fear that I won’t be able to turn heads and I am happy to step on a few toes."

Danica added: "My mum always says I am a bit of a princess, a bit dramatic and always thinks I am right, which is very true. My friends would probably say I don’t hide from drama or arguments and I am a good friend.

"I am very good with advice, I am quite wise beyond my years. For a 21-year-old, I’ve got a slight maturity about me which is quite good when giving advice to people."

Antigoni Buxton - 26

Antigoni Buxton has joined the villa. (ITV)
Antigoni Buxton has joined the villa. (ITV)

The singer-songwriter from London says her goal for the last year has been to say "yes" to things - hence her arrival in the villa.

She added: "In life generally, I am quite competitive - I get really serious over Christmas Day Monopoly. It’s not my intention to tread on anyone’s toes but if I feel the energy from somebody and that connection then in a very open and honest way, I will explore that but I’ll be transparent with everyone in the situation."

Charlie Radnedge - 28

Charlie is looking to settle down. (ITV)
Charlie is looking to settle down. (ITV)

The real estate developer from London is looking to settle down with his next serious girlfriend - and says he already has his eye on Ekin-Su, Paige and Tasha.

Charlie reckons he offers something fresh to the villa, saying: "I am quite a different personality to the guys in there. I’d say I’m quite forward and straight talking. I’m also quite a relaxed person as well. I think I’ll bring good vibes to the villa.

"I am probably slightly more mature than some other people in the villa. I’ve got some things figured out. I think I’m ready to settle down, basically."

Watch below: Love Island will return to screens on Monday 6 June.