LOVE ISLAND is dominating our summer once again – and we are loving the romantic hopefuls delivering all the drama from the villa.
From civil servant Sharon Gaffka to PE teacher Hugo Hammond, this year's contestants are certainly not disappointing.
Who is in the Love Island cast?
Waitress and marketing student, 21, from Birmingham
Love Island's Liberty, who works at Nando's, said people have tried to romance her just to get a chicken discount.
Speaking about Nando's lotharios who've tried their luck over the peri-peri sauce, she said: "I’ve had a few things happen at work.
"I’ve had a napkin shaped as a rose given to me which was cute, that was when I first started working there and then I’ve been proposed to."
Liberty added: "I like tall, alpha male, confident, a cheeky chappy sort of guy. But obviously that’s always usually combined with player types, which is where I go wrong.
"I am trying to change my ways and go for more of a nicer guy that is going to treat me right."
Liberty has been coupled up with Jake Cornish from day one.
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Civil servant, 25, from Oxford
Sharon's job has involved delivering Brexit and battling coronavirus for the government – so the hectic pace of Love Island will probably come as a relaxing break.
Sharon said: "It's been a bit of a running joke between my friendship group for a while that I should apply, probably because I’m the most outrageous one out of the group.
"But also 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!"
Sharon was previously coupled up with Aaron but is now in a friendship couple with Hugo.
Fashion blogger, 26, from Essex
Don't look to party girl Kaz if there's a crisis to be dealt with – as she insists she's not going to be the responsible one in the villa.
She explained: "Life is a party – I’m not the mum in the group, my friends are not looking at me to look after them!"
Kaz added: "I like meeting new people, I’m ready to be in a relationship. Why not be in a place where people are looking for the same things as me?"
Kaz was in a couple with semi-pro footballer Toby, but is now in a friendship couple with Aaron.
Financial services marketing executive, 25, from Bicester
"Bubbly" Oxfordshire girl Chloe says she's joined Love Island because she's been in awful "situationships".
But despite a history of uncommitted relationships, she knows exactly what she wants from her Love Island fella.
Chloe explained: "I like a good build. I go to the gym. I want someone who is funny. 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."
After being in friendship couples with Hugo and Aaron, Chloe is now coupled up with Toby.
Lettings manager, 26 from Devon
Estate agent Faye says she's loved by the husbands – and ordered outside by the wives while she's doing viewings.
She said: "I try to make it as Selling Sunset as possible.
"I’m definitely there in the mini dresses, boobs out, bum out, turning up and you can see the wives say to their husband, 'You’re staying outside'. It’s so fun."
Talking about the Love Island experience Faye said: "I’m open to anything. The opportunity came up so why wouldn’t I?
"I’d love to meet somebody, what better way to meet somebody than in the sun – amazing."
Faye is now in a couple with newbie Teddy.
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PE teacher, 24, from Hampshire
England cricketer Hugo is the show's first disabled Islander, having been born with a club foot.
He said: "I had lots of operations when I was a kid. You can only really tell when I walk barefoot. I’ve got a really short achilles heel. I walk slightly on my tip toes."
Hugo went on: "I’ve been single for a while now. With the current climate, it’s been really hard to get back into dating.
"I saw it as an opportunity to have an amazing fun summer and put myself back out there."
Hugo recently chose to couple up with Sharon.
Labourer, 26, from Northumberland
Incredibly ripped Brad is all about making as much cash as possible with the least possible effort.
Mate, you're in the right place!
Brad said: "I try and make as much money as I can by doing as little as possible.
"They’d probably say – not lazy, as I’m energetic – I just try to get away with doing literally nothing."
His standards are sky-high too listing his ideal women as Sommer Ray from Instagram, Zara McDermott or Megan Fox.
Brad has been coupled up with Faye, Rachel and Lucinda.
Luxury events host, 24, from London
Smooth-talking Aaron has encountered all sorts of famous people from working events including two royal weddings – but he said he wasn't interested.
The Londoner said: "Yeah, Eugenie and Beatrice’s over the summer. I hosted and chatted. It was nice and intimate.
"Everyone’s chill. In my job you meet a lot of famous people… unless you’re Beyonce, I’m not really interested."
Aaron added: "I’ve been single for about six or seven months and the dating world at the moment is a little bit off. Everyone’s wearing masks. You can’t really see anyone which makes dating a lot harder. I do prefer relationships than dating."
Aaron was previously coupled up with Chloe and Sharon.
Water engineer, 24, from Weston-super-Mare
Jake is hurtling on to Love Island in the wake of a seven-year relationship that crumbled when lockdown hit.
However, the sort of woman he's looking for is a 31-year-old Towie mum, who he once tried to chat up.
Jake explained: "My ideal woman is Billie Faiers. She is my dream woman. I think for a laugh once with the boys, I messaged her.
"I can’t remember what I messaged her. She’s a lady, she’s just lush."
Jake and Liberty are the only pair in the villa who have remained coupled up from day one.
Semi-pro footballer, 22, from Essex
Toby is – like 2020 champ Finn Tapp – a footballer, but you might not know the team.
Toby explained: "I’ve played football since I was about six, but it’s really come into a new light for the past year since I joined a team called Hashtag United.
"They’re very social media focused. Everything is on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. Playing with them has really made me fall in love with the game again."
Toby recently moved on from Kaz to couple up with Chloe.
Bricklayer, 21, from Wales
Liam – who was knocked back by Joanna Chimonides after he messaged her – is a 21-year-old bricklayer from Wales.
Talking about himself in the promo before going into the villa, he said: "Back home my friends tend to call me Mr steal your girl – it says it in the name really.
"I'm not going into the villa to break anyone's heart or upset anyone but if I am coupled up with someone and my head gets turned I have no problem pursuing that."
Speaking before entering the villa, he said: "I think Kaz is really good looking and has a great personality. I’m looking forward to getting to know her."
Liam and Millie are currently coupled up.
Senior financial consultant, 26, Manchester
When describing himself, Teddy told ITV: "I’m cuddly, caring and all my friends, when they have an issue, they call me and confide in me.
"I’m always that person to lean on. I think I’m going to add that element with the boys."
When asked how his friends and family describe him, Teddy said: "In a nutshell, someone who is always generous and considerate of other people. And also someone who is a go-getter.
"I’ve been quite stubborn with what I want. So if I do see something I want, I do go for it."
Teddy recently chose to couple up with Faye over Rachel.
Fashion buyer’s administrator, 24, from Essex.
Speaking to ITV, Millie said: "I’ve been single for over a year now. I’m ready to find ‘the one’. I’m a very spontaneous and adventurous person.
"I’m always up for doing something new and challenging myself. I’ve never done anything like this before.
"I just want to throw myself into it and have fun with it."
Describing herself, Millie said: "I definitely am competitive. I’m the worst competitive person as well because I’m a sulker if I don’t win.
"I get the hump if I'm losing."
Millie was recently chosen by Liam to be in a couple.
Online fashion boutique owner, 21, from Brighton
Lucinda entered the villa in week two.
Speaking to ITV she said: "I’m a relationship kind of girl.
"The timing is right and I want to have some fun."
Before going into the villa she said: "I really fancy Brad. And then possibly Liam.
"But obviously I’m open to getting to know any of the other boys."
Lucinda and Brad hit it off and are currently in a couple.
Who has left Love Island 2021?
Luxury travel specialist, 29, from London
When asked how her family and friends would describe, she claimed to be very independent.
Rachel said: "Very, very independent. I don’t rely on anyone for anything. I’m very caring and spontaneous and creative."
Rachel arrived at the end of episode five after a recoupling caused a stir in the villa.
When asked about her type, she said: "I love the way modern relationships are. I don’t need a man for anything. I can buy my own home and take care of myself.
"I just love knowing I have another person there that I’m going through life with."
But she was dumped from the villa during episode 15 after Teddy decided to couple up with Faye.
Business owner, 23, from Surrey
Chuggs entered the villa during the fourth episode alongside fellow newbie Liam Reardon.
The 23-year-old owns a business customising bucket hats, named Booby Buckets.
Chuggs – whose name is thought to be a combination of cuddles and hugs – is actually called Oliver George Wallis, according to his company's listing.
Speaking to ITV Chuggs said: "I just feel like it’s now or never. I’m only 23 but I’m scared of ageing."
He was dumped after Rachel chose to couple up with Brad.
Model, 22, from Fife
Former Only Fans star Shannon Singh previously said she likes to have sex eight times a day.
Talking about her old job she said: "I used to be a glamour model when I was 18/19. I loved those days, I’ve got nothing to be ashamed of, they were my glory days.
"I’m a party girl, I love going out, I’m very social. For me it’s quite hard to find people who are genuine and looking for what you’re looking for."
Speaking about her dream man Shannon added: "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."
But she was dumped from Love Island after just three episodes when Chloe Burrows picked to recouple with her partner Aaron.
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