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Love Island 2021 is officially just one week away - eeek! And ITV has started revealing the contestants.
The TV channel teased fans on Sunday, announcing the contestants would be revealed in due time and urging viewers to "think before they post."
For weeks, we've heard rumours about who might be on Love Island this June. Those rumoured contestants are: Aimee-Rose Francis, Alexis Bailey, Toluwa Adepeju, Harley Benn, Alisha LeMay, James Price, Ellis Iyayi, Jay Munro, Zack Chugg, Holly Ramsay, Lucy Plunkett, Lucinda Strafford and Milly Pickles. But so far, none of the rumoured contestants have made it onto the confirmed list.
ITV is drip feeding us this information on Twitter, so we'll be updating this page throughout the day as more contestants are confirmed.
Sharon Gaffka is a civil servant who has worked on Brexit policy and assisted the Department Of Health at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which means she's not only bringing beauty but also brains to the table.
She says: "Because of COVID and the lockdown, I'm the only single one in my friendship group.
"They're either married or planning on getting married. I don't want to be the only one in the group chat that is single anymore!"
Aaron Francis is a luxury events host which means he is no stranger to a party.
He says fame is nothing new to him, having worked on star-studded events including Princess Beatrice and Eugenie's weddings.
"In my job you meet a lot of famous people... unless you're Beyonce, I'm not really interested," he jokes.
On his hunt for love, he adds: "I need someone that is passionate about what they are doing - from scientist to anything - you can tell when someone is speaking about something and they are actually smiling while they are talking. I love that."
Here's hoping his dream girl enters the villa.
"I've never had that nice, happy relationship so I think it will be nice and something for me to experience," said waitress and marketing student Liberty.
"Obviously I want the best summer ever because we have been in lockdown for a year so it would be nice to go away and enjoy the sun and make friends as well. I'm excited, I'm a bit of a social butterfly so I love to meet new people. I'm a girls' girl as well so I can't wait for the girly friendships. It's going to be fun!"
Her type on paper is "tall, alpha male, confident, a cheeky chappy sort of guy," she said.
"But obviously that's always usually combined with player types, which is where I go wrong. So I am trying to change my ways and go for more of a nicer guy that is going to treat me right."
Watch out Islanders, school's out and secondary school PE teacher Hugo is looking for love.
"With the current climate, it's been really hard to get back into dating," said Hugo. "I saw it [Love Island] as an opportunity to have an amazing fun summer and put myself back out there."
There's more to this PE teacher than meets the eye though. After being born with clubfoot and undergoing several operations, Hugo has embraced his disability and has travelled all over the world playing cricket for the England Physical Disability squad.
Model Shannon is looking to meet "an exciting hunk" in the villa this June.
Shannon used to be a glamour model and has since moved onto Instagram and YouTube. She can also DJ.
I don't feed off looks, I feed off energy," she said, talking about her ideal guy. "I need someone with personality. Just someone I can have fun with."
"I'm a party girl, I love going out, I'm very social," she added. "For me it's quite hard to find people who are genuine and looking for what you're looking for. I'm not just going to go with anyone because they're convenient. I need to make sure they're for me.
"Looks - obviously, they've got to be handsome, but if he's a handsome hunk but it's like talking to a brick wall and I'd rather watch paint dry, it's not going to be great."
Water engineer Jake was in a relationship for seven years, until the pandemic - we all know how much of a strain lockdown has put on love this year.
But now, he's "ready to take the opportunity by the horns and go for it."
With his celebrity crush being Billie Faiers, his type on paper is blondes. But, he says he's looking for something deeper than looks.
"Looks wise, always gone for blondes. But for me, the main thing is having respect and having good fun, and someone who will be loyal to you. I've had messages from girls that have got boyfriends and husbands. This is why I don't trust anyone. Someone who is loyal really. But when I'm single, I like having a good time!"
Fashion blogger Kaz is ready to be in a relationship.
The worst date she's ever been on was with a guy who made her pay for the meal, while he ate for free because he was a mystery reviewer - wow.
She describes herself as "fun, dramatic, spontaneous. Friendly as well. Light-hearted. Life is a party - I'm not the mum in the group, my friends are not looking at me to look after them!"
Hopefully the fun-loving Kaz will find a gentleman in the villa.
"I want to date face-to-face, I like meeting people. I'm easy going, laid back," said labourer Brad. "Who wouldn't want to be in a nice villa in a hot country for a while?" After this year? We'd have to agree.
Having been single for two years and never been on a date (?!) Brad, who lives with his grandma, is ready for a summer of love.
His type on paper would be "Sommer Ray from Instagram. Zara McDermott, she's a good-looking lass. Or Megan Fox," he said.
Financial services marketing executive, Chloe, admitted she's been in "awful situationships" in the past and hopes Love Island will bring her some better luck.
Describing herself, the 25-year-old said she's "always the funny one in a situation... always try and make everyone laugh." It sounds like she'll be a good one to break the ice when the drama starts in the villa.
Talking about her ideal catch, Chloe said he's got to have a good build, but also needs to be "really funny and caring and will do nice little things for you. And then obviously someone who you can depend on to not ditch you.
"Because I am quite a big character and quite loud," she explained, "they would have to be as loud, if not more. I could never be with someone who is quiet. Someone that gives you a bit back," she said.
Semi-pro footballer Toby has never been in a relationship.
He's played football since he was six and is currently playing for a team called Hashtag United, which, as the name would suggest, is very social media-focussed. "Everything is on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. Playing with them has really made me fall in love with the game again," he said.
Talking about why he's gone on Love Island, he said "If Love Island can't find me a relationship, then no one can."
Let's hope his dream girl is in there.
"In the last year we haven't been able to experience anything. I'm open to anything," said lettings manager, Faye.
She loves her job so much, she's said even with the fame and fortune Love Island brings, she would go back to it and has taken a sabbatical for now.
Faye's ambitions for the next five years include owning an estate agents or a charity shop. In terms of relationships, she said: "I want someone who I can go on holidays and stuff with for the next couple of years, and have a really fun time. And then start thinking about kids and serious things in three or four years' time."
You may have noticed that only 11 Islanders have been revealed, which means one girl will be left single after the first coupling up. Could there be a mystery man we don't know about?
We'll keep you informed.
Love Island comes to ITV Hub on Monday 28th June at 9pm.
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