The Island of Love 2022 is officially here – and this year’s singles include the daughter of former English striker Michael Owen, Gemma.
The 19-year-old international dressage and businesswoman will enter the Mallorca villa when the popular ITV2 dating show returns for its eighth series next week.
She will join the new group of athletes, which includes a dancer with a cochlear implant, a paramedic, a senior microbiologist and a hotel waitress.
Here’s a look at all the competitors. Will the heads turn?
Tasha Guri, 23
Model and dancer Guri from Tirsk, North Yorkshire, was the first deaf participant in the show.
The self-proclaimed “party animal” has a cochlear implant and said she hopes to find “this one” because she feels that her life in meetings is a “breakdown”.
She said her friends and family would say she was “inspiring” because of her hearing and cochlear implant problems, as she was “really open to it”.
Guri also admitted that although she is a “girl”, she is ready to step on her toes “in the best possible way” in her quest to find a man.
Davide Sanclimenti, 27
The businessman from Rome – who now lives in Manchester – promised to bring his “Italian charm” to the villa.
“I look good and I realized that since I first came to Manchester, a lot of English girls actually love me,” he said.
“They love being around me and I love being around them.”
He is also looking for his “soul mate” and a serious relationship – someone who can “actually build something in the future, grow with them, be a family.”
“My biggest dream is to find someone to spend the rest of my life with,” he added.
Gemma Owen, 19
Owen said she is as competitive as her ex-father, professional footballer Michael – who played for Liverpool, Real Madrid and England at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups.
She said: “I will always strive for what I want. But at the same time, I will not confuse something for someone who is in the right relationship, or prevent a couple if they have a real relationship.
“I wouldn’t do anything to another girl I wouldn’t be happy they did to me.”
She has been competing for the UK in dressage since she was 11 years old.
Damie Hope, 26
The senior microbiologist from Dublin also hopes to find love in the villa.
He said he was participating because he wanted to be “more open to new things”.
“The island of love is a different experience. I will talk to different girls, it may not go well with some, it may go well with others, so it is a fun experience, “he said.
Paige Thorne, 24
The paramedic said she would bring a lot of “positive energy” to the villa and was “quite a mummy” and also a “good cook.”
She is struggling to find a partner in her hometown of Swansea in South Wales.
“I have to explode and expand my horizons, and Love Island just brings everyone together for me,” she said.
She added: “I got out of the relationship and I was so done with the boys, so I said, ‘Okay, that’s it. I’m going to focus on myself.’ Then I said to myself, “Okay, I’m bored, now I’m lonely and I miss love, connection and everything.”
Liam Luelin, 22
The Welshman from Newport revealed that he is quite an emotional person and will wear “his heart in his sleeve” during the series.
Learning about masters of strength and fitness, Llewellyn said she likes to impress those she is interested in by complimenting them, such as “Your eyes are piercing, I’m lost in your eyes” or “You have beautiful legs.”
India Pollack, 23 years old
The London-based hotel waitress said she would bring “a lot of taste and vitality” to the show.
“I feel like I’m a very down-to-earth person, so it shouldn’t be a problem to meet a lover or a friend,” she said.
“The island of love is especially like an enclosed space and I think it’s a great place to meet someone one on one and build a real relationship.”
Ikena Ekuona, 23
He said he would bring “spontaneity and excitement” to the villa.
Ekwonna comes from Nottingham and works in the field of drug sales.
He used to have only one relationship, but now he feels he is old enough to find someone to settle with.
“I’m really not ashamed to talk to people and I don’t care much what people think.
Andrew Le Page, 27
The real estate agent, who usually has a relationship, said he applied to be on the show because “he’s actually single for once.”
Le Guy of Guy described herself as a “good boyfriend” who once surprised her ex with a spontaneous trip to Paris.
He said, “When I’m with someone, I’m very loyal, I’m a good boyfriend, and when I’m with someone, I’m all for him.”
Amber Beckford, 24
The London nanny said: “I think it’s just the right time. This year I definitely feel like two feet. I feel like I’m definitely ready now and I want to look for a boyfriend.
“I don’t like guys who show off like screaming, showy guys – just have a personality and make me laugh.”
“I can definitely be confident, so I’m not sure how that will happen. While working with children, I have patience with children, but adults irritate me! ”She added.
Luka Biš, 23
The fishmonger from Brighton hopes to be this year’s prize catch.
He said: “I came out of a four-year relationship about a year ago. It was nice to have a relationship, there were just things I didn’t like and we broke up.”
He also said he preferred to date girls outside, but said he might be “too desperate” if you went out to find a partner.
This year, the contestants will enter a new villa in Mallorca, as it is claimed that the previous property near Sant Lorenc de Kardasar in the eastern part of the Spanish island is not available.
Laura Whitmore will return as host when the series kicks off on June 6 at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub.
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