A scientist, a firefighter, a surfer and the brothers of a famous dancer and a boxer are among our first set of villa residents for Love Island 2019 – with a social media influencer now joining them.
The full (and constantly changing) line-up of contestants is below – here’s who is cracking on in the Majorcan villa this summer…
Danny has posed on front covers of magazines with the girl band Little Mix, a story which he’ll likely use to crack on with girls in the villa, as well as his self-proclaimed best assets – his cheeky personality and dimpled cheeks.
He hopes to be a “good friend to people before I fall in love with anybody”, and he’s looking for a woman who’s “ambitious” and “powerful” and “wouldn’t be scared of much”.
Job: Social media influencer
Molly-Mae is the first newcomer to the villa since day one, but her arrival is not a complete surprise – the ‘social media influencer’ was among the rumours we reported in the run-up to this year’s show.
And Molly-Mae is unlikely to be intimidated – or necessarily impressed – by our semi-famous Islanders, having dated several footballers, including Leicester City’s James Maddison.
“A few footballers have slid into my DMs. I’ve dated footballers, it’s all just superficial and on the surface,” she said. “And then you get to know them and they’re just a bang average ‘Jack the Lad.'”
From: Dublin, Ireland
As a scientist, you may not expect the usually model-heavy Love Island villa to be Yewande’s natural abode.
But the 23-year-old from Dublin believes she’s more than a good fit for Majorca.
“Every time I say that I’m a scientist, people are shocked,” she says. “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.”
However, if the mood takes her Yewande may not quite be so shy and retiring. “I can’t imagine stealing someone’s man in there, but never say never,” she says.
From: Newquay, Cornwall
Surfer Lucie already has links to Love Island – she dated last year’s short-lived contestant Charlie Frederick after he was dumped from the villa.
Now, she’s looking for someone as into their sports as she is.
“I like the typical surfer look – blonde, long hair,” the 21-year-old says. “I find sporty guys so much more attractive compared to your average guy that just chills and goes on nights out.”
Job: Beauty therapist
Amber already has her eye on someone – Tom Hardy. “He’s just nice and he loves dogs as well, and I love dogs,” she says.
However, should the Venom actor not stroll into the Majorcan villa, she wants a guy with a good sense of humour. “I want someone who is funny and that I can have fun with and doesn’t take themselves too seriously because I am daft,” says the 21-year-old.
From: Worthing, Sussex
Job: Cabin crew manager
Air hostess Amy doesn’t want just a fling in the Love Island villa, the 26-year-old is heading into the villa to find “the One.”
“I’m looking for someone to travel the world with, have fun with and someone who is going to love me as much as I love them,” she says.
She may been touted as ‘the British Kim Kardashian’, but Anna is keen to stress she has brains as well as beauty.
“I studied hard and I’ve got my masters,” the 28-year-old says. “I think I’m different to anyone who has been on the show before. I have the whole glam look, I’m fun but at the same time I feel like I have more to me than that.”
From: Airdrie, Scotland
Job: Gym owner
Heartbreaker Anton admits to having never been loyal.
“That’s a medical condition that I have… a wandering eye!” the 24-year-old jokes.
“My last relationship, I actually got caught cheating for the first time in my life and it changed everything for me. I saw how much it hurt her and what it did to her. So, for me going to into Love Island, it’s going to be the biggest test of my life.”
Although he’s the younger brother of heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury, “honest, charismatic and charming” Tommy wants to be known as his own man on Love Island.
“I don’t want to be labelled as his little brother,” he says. “I’m doing the best that I can do in life and that’s all I’m setting out to achieve.”
From: South-east London
Job: Catering company owner
Cheeky Joe, who rates himself as an 8.5 out of 10, looks set to be this year’s answer to Eyal as he’s seeking a “connection” in the villa.
“For me, it’s just more how we click, if she is fun, outgoing and doesn’t take herself too seriously and is open to talk about things,” the 22-year-old says. “Obviously initial attraction is key but the connection is the main go-to.”
As a rugged firefighter, Michael considers himself to be a hero. “Who doesn’t want their own firefighter?” the 27-year-old-jokes.
However, the Liverpudlian is looking for an “intellectual” in the villa. “I need somebody I can get on with, and have a conversation with and not get lost in translation. And she’s got to have a nice bum.”
Job: Chef and semi-pro rugby player
“Outrageous” Sherif wants someone who can make him laugh – even if his laugh can be quite off-putting.
“I feel that I make people laugh so I want a girl that makes me laugh, even if that’s just from being herself and not trying to be funny,” the 20-year-old says. “My actual laugh, my hysterical laugh is pretty ugly.
“I laugh at everything, which sometimes gets me into trouble. I can’t really take anything seriously.”
Callum Macleod – DUMPED
From: South Wales
Job: Aircraft engineer
Party-boy Callum is looking for a blonde bombshell in the villa, and is hoping to settle down for good with whoever he couples up with.
“Looks-wise, I like blonde and petite girls,” he says. “I’m 28 now so time is ticking, I don’t want to be left on the shelf. The whole experience is going to be great and if I meet someone, that’s what I’m here for.”
Job: Ballroom and Latin Dancer
Recognise Curtis? The 23-year-old dancer is the younger brother of Strictly star AJ Pritchard and is himself a professional on the Irish version of Strictly, Dancing with the Stars.
It’s his busy life as a dancer that has kept Curtis off the dating circuit.
“My ex-girlfriend was my dance partner. We danced with each other from when we were 12 until we were 14,” he explains. Until early 2019, Curtis had been dating fellow Dancing with the Stars professional Emily Barker for two years.
“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,” he says. “Being truthful I’ve probably been on less than ten dates, maybe five dates. I have never met anyone online, I’ve never used a dating app.”