The Love Island cast for the 2022 series are being announced by ITV today. Fans will be eager to see who will be in the Villa as a new season is almost upon us. The show is set to release the names of Love Island contestants throughout the day. The first hopeful being revealed this morning (Monday, May 30).
The reality show where singletons are looking for love will be back on our screens in just a few days. It will start on Monday, June 6.
The Love Island Villa, set in a sunny and picturesque location, will be the new home of several Islanders hoping for a connection.
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Paige Thorne – Instagram, job and more
The first Love Islander to be announced is Welsh paramedic, Paige Thorne. The stunning brunette is looking to “broaden” her horizons after failing to find the one in Swansea.
She said on joining the ITV show: “In Swansea there is just no-one I can find, I’ve tried and there’s just nobody there anymore. I need to break out and broaden my horizons and Love Island just brings everyone together for me. I haven’t got to go out and I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!”
Paige even joked that TV chef Gordon Ramsay would approve of her cooking.
On her perfect partner, she said: “Just positive energy, lots of bubbly energy. I am a good cook and I’m quite mumsy so I’ll look after anyone that needs looking after. If I had to pick a signature dish, it would probably be a Sunday dinner. My roasties are up there, I think Gordon Ramsay would be impressed – I think he would be like ‘9/10 or 10/10’.”
Paige Thorne took to her Instagram @paigethornex to share the good news of joining the Love Island cast.
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Dami Hope – Instagram, Zodiac sign and more
The next hopeful we have is scientist Dami Hope – whose zodiac sign is a passionate Aries.
Hailing from Dublin, the 26-year-old is planning to stay true to himself inside the villa. However, he does worry that his journey for love “might not go well”.
He said what he plans to bring into the villa: “Being me – funny and my personality. I don’t know if I will cause trouble, I’ll try not to cause trouble but sometimes you don’t intentionally cause trouble – but it happens!”
The senior microbiologist said of why he’s a catch: “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.”
You can find Dami Hope posing up a storm in his outfits on his Instagram @damihope.
Indiyah Polack – Instagram, occupation and age
23-year-old Indiyah Polack, who is a hotel waitress, is ready to start “dating properly”.
The London native has been “single for some time” and opened up about dating at her age.
She said on joining the cast: “I feel like I’m at a stage in my life now where I’m ready to meet new people and start dating properly. 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. Love Island particularly is like a closed space and I think it is a great place to get to know someone one-on-one and build a real connection.”
Indiyah says she’ll bring “a lot of flavour and vibrancy” but also explained she’s down to Earth.
It’s not clear who she’ll pair up with, and doesn’t have a ‘type on paper’. She said of the people she’s dated before: “Random. Everyone I’ve dated have all been quite different. I don’t think I have ever been out with two guys who are quite the same.”
You can find Indiyah Polack’s Instagram @1ndiyah – sporting glamorous looks.
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Liam Llewellyn – Instagram, what he studies and more
Young hopeful, Liam, who is aged 22, is studying a Master’s Degree in Strength and Conditioning.
The Welsh brainbox, from Newport, is eager to meet a range of people in the villa.
He said: “I think 22 is a really nice age to meet someone, you’ve got your years ahead of you so you have time to experience stuff and grow together. I think Love Island is a great opportunity to meet someone, you’re in with a load of different types, so you can get to grips with what you really like about people.”
But he joked although he wears his “heart on his sleeve” his mum would describe him as a “little s**t”.
The student also added: “I’m probably quite emotional as well.”
Liam could leave the other contestants swooning with how he flirts. On impressing someone, he said: “Pay them a compliment! The thing that girls quite like is that I’m not just like, “You’re mint.” I’m like, “Your eyes are piercing, I’m lost in your eyes.” Or I’ll say something like, “You’ve got nice feet” or something.”
Check Liam Llewellyn out on Instagram @liamllew_
Tasha Ghouri – Instagram, cochlear implant and dating life
Now we have Tasha Ghouri – who has the most Instagram followers so far of the Love Island cast. Tasha is also the first deaf contestant to feature in the series.
The 23-year-old from Thirsk admits her “dating life is in shambles”. Let’s see if the Villa helps her out with that!
The model and dancer, who ITV2 announced as one of the names of the contestants for 2022, is excited to see what happens.
Tasha is looking for ‘the one’. She said: “My dating life has been a shambles. This is an opportunity for me to find ‘the one’ and have a great summer at the same time. I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m ready to get to know someone, go on holidays and travel with them.”
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But, she has a ‘wild side’. The contestant added: “I can get very wild on a night out, I’m definitely a party animal. 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.”
On how her friends would describe her: “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.”
Davide Sanclimenti – Italian’s Instagram and finding ‘soulmate’
Next we have Davide Sanclimenti, the Italian native residing in Manchester.
The cheeky chap says ‘English girls love him’ and thinks the experience in the Love Island villa will be “so much fun.”
The 27-year-old said: “I’m going to be the Italian stallion in the Villa! With my Italian charm, I can also be a very romantic guy. 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.
“I want to find my soulmate, find my person so I can actually build something in the future, grow with them, be a family.”
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The business owner also says he has a ‘good heart’. He added: “They would say that I’ve got a good heart, I’m a very deep person. For the people around me, I’m always there, ready to support and help them in a moment of need.”
He isn’t afraid to show himself on social media either, you can follow Davide Sanclimenti on Instagram here.
Gemma Owen – Instagram and famous dad
19-year-old Gemma Owen is ready to find someone new. She said: “I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer. I was seeing someone and then that didn’t work out so I thought, “Why not?””
But fans and other singletons can expect to see her fiery side. On what she’ll bring to the villa, she said: “I would say I’m fun, flirty and fiery. I think I’m good at giving advice, I’m a good person to talk to, I’m very honest. If I want the same guy, I’d do it but in a nice respectful way.”
Her dad, famous football player Michael Owen, helped her with her competitive side. The business owner is also an International Dressage Rider. Gemma has travelled across Europe competing in big arenas for events.
You can follow Gemma Owen’s dressage Instagram for more insight on her career here.
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Ikenna Ekwonna – Instagram, looking for love and dating history
The Nottingham native admits he’s only been in one relationship in the past – but that could change. Ikenna feels he’s ‘at the age’ where he could find someone special.
And other hopefuls may enjoy the Pharmaceutical Salesman’s “spontaneity and excitement.
On going into the Love Island Villa, Ikenna Ekwonna said: “Hopefully, I’m going to bring spontaneity and excitement. I’m not really shy to speak to people and I don’t really care too much about what people think.”
He also spoke about taking his ex on holiday to Barcelona for their birthday when he was a teen to make sure it was special.
Find 23-year-old Ikenna Ekwonna on Instagram here.
Andrew Le Page – Job and age
27-year-old Andrew Le Page hails from Guernsey, and confessed he’s joining the others on Love Island because he’s “actually single for once.”
On being a catch, he added he’s “very loyal” and sees himself as a “good boyfriend”.
But Andrew also spoke about treating a former girlfriend with a special trip to Paris for her birthday.
He explained: “With my ex, we went out for dinner 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!”
Take a glance at Andrew Le Page, the real estate agent, on Instagram.
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Amber Beckford – Job, Instagram and ‘looking for a boyfriend
The 24-year-old – who works as a nanny – is jumping into the villa as it “feels like the right time”.
She said: “This year it definitely feels like it’s two feet in. I feel like now I’m most definitely ready, and wanting to look for a boyfriend.”
Amber will also look to bring “fun” into the show – however, admits she’s opinionated, so that may cause some drama.
She added: “I can definitely be opinionated so I’m not sure how that’s going to go down. As I work with kids I have patience with kids but adults, they annoy me!”
The London native has warned that she doesn’t like “guys that show off”, so only time will tell if she hits it off with any of the lads in the villa.
On what gives her the ‘ick’, she said: “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!”
However, some bad news for viewers, her Instagram is set to private so you can’t follow her just yet. But this may change after her time on the show.
Luca Bish – Instagram, age and dates
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The young fishmonger, Luca Bish, is joining the cast of Love Island after noticing how many couples successfully pair up after meeting in the villa.
The 23-year-old decided to take the plunge to find love overseas in a luxurious setting after a four-year relationship ended.
Although the Brighton native admitted that he prefers to “meet girls out and about”. So, will he step out of his comfort zone on the show?
Luca added: “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.”
Follow Luca Bish’s Instagram adventures, including cute photos with family here.
*Love Island starts at 9pm Monday 6th June on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox