Love Island returns to our screens tonight with a new batch of contestants set to make a dramatic entrance into the villa in Majorca.
The 10th series of the ITV dating show has Maya Jama presenting her first eight-week summer series after taking over from Laura Whitmore for the last winter series in South Africa.
Among the contestants is 24-year-old Tyrique Hyde, a semi-professional footballer from Essex, who is deaf in one ear; musical theatre performer Molly Marsh, 21, from Doncaster; and 23-year-old model Ella Thomas, from Glasgow, who has appeared in a Burna Boy music video.
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They will be joined by Jess Harding, 22, an aesthetics practitioner from London; estate agent Catherine Agbaje, 22, from Dublin; and gas engineer Mitchel Taylor, 26, from Sheffield.
Completing the line-up are Mehdi Edno, 26, from Bordeaux, France; beautician Ruchee Gurung, 24, from Sutton, Surrey; business development executive George Fensom, 24, from Bedford; and business owner Andre Furtado, 21, from Dudley.
Ahead of the first episode, fans were given the chance to vote for which contestants will be paired up using the Love Island app. The results are expected to be revealed during this evening’s episode.
ITV recently confirmed that all the contestants will have to disable their social media accounts while on the show to protect both them and their families – a policy introduced during the last winter series.
As part of the broadcaster’s duty of care policies, islanders will again complete video training and guidance across a range of topics including “mutually respectful behaviour in relationships”. This followed the last summer series which prompted record numbers of complaints — in their thousands — to Ofcom, the broadcasting watchdog.
Many of the complaints related to “alleged misogynistic and bullying behaviour” by some of the islanders, although the complaints were not upheld.
Made In Chelsea star Sam Thompson and Indiyah Polack, who was a finalist on the show last year, will be joining the show as regular panellists on Love Island’s Aftersun programme.
Love Island has once again partnered with eBay as its series sponsor to help “fight against fast fashion” by stocking the islanders’ wardrobe with pre-loved clothing from the site.
In addition, this year features an “eBay chute” which will allow the contestants to return their clothes so they can be relisted on the website.
The bathrooms also boast a message from the breast cancer charity CoppaFeel, reminding them to check their chest for lumps and bumps which could be a sign of the disease.