The villa has finally found some new residents as this year’s crop of contestants coupled up for the first time ahead of Monday’s series seven launch.
The ITV2 reality series has returned to screens for the first time since January 2020 after last year’s planned summer series was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tour: Fans of Love Island have also been treated to an advanced tour of of the new and improved Mallorca villa by host Laura Whitmore just before the islanders moved in
In new snaps from the first episode, the ladies can be seen lining up in the garden to meet the boys after being met by Laura.
This year’s contestants include OnlyFans star Shannon Singh, fashion blogger Kaz Kamwi, events planner Aaron Francis and PE teacher Hugo Hammond.
Alongside the hopefuls is civil servant Sharon Gaffka, Nando’s waitress Liberty Poole, financial services marketing executive Chloe Burrows, semi-pro footballer Toby Aromolaran, water engineer Jake Cornish, labourer Brad McClelland and lettings manager Faye Winter.
This year’s batch of islanders will be leaving in luxury once again as the villa has been given a new look ahead of Monday’s launch.
Looking for love: The villa has finally found some new residents as this year’s crop of contestants coupled up for the first time ahead of Monday’s series seven launch
Where the magic happens: The bedroom has a tropical theme with some suggestive headboards above each bed which are covered in pink and blue bedspreads along with a bright blue carpet
The bedroom has a tropical theme with some suggestive headboards above each bed which are covered in pink and blue bedspreads along with a bright blue carpet.
This year’s hideaway where some of the couples will be heading for alone time features plush red curtains with a neon lips sign and some new secret drawers.
The bathroom features beige marble countertops along with a large tub and several shelves worth of shampoo and beauty products to keep the islanders looking their best.
The lounge is dominated by grey couches over a fuschia rug while the space is also decorated with two blue bunny-shaped seats and the villa’s familiar neon signs.
Back in action: The ITV2 reality series has returned to screens for the first time since January 2020 after last year’s planned summer series was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic
Comfy: The lounge is dominated by grey couches over a fuschia rug while the space is also decorated with two blue bunny-shaped seats and the villa’s familiar neon signs
Relaxing: The day beds are also back for the contestants to have heart-to-hearts
Romantic: The terrace features a plush white sofa with teal cushions and breathtaking views of the villa
The garden, which features some of the best views of Mallorca, has a new selfie mirror for the islanders to take advantage of while the swing sweat is also back for intimate late-night chats.
The day beds are also back for the contestants to have heart-to-hearts while the garden also features a weights area for the islanders to keep themselves in shape throughout the summer.
The kitchen is dominated by the island with a neon ‘Eat, Sleep, Crack On, Repeat’ sign while the rooftop terrance features a plush white sofa with teal cushions.
The Dog House, where contestants can go if they are kicked out of bed by whoever they are in a couple with, is also back for this year’s series.
Strut: Host Laura Whitmore looked stunning for the launch, donning a white and blue patterned mini dress with a sweetheart neckline
Couple up: (L-R) Liberty Poole, Sharon Gaffka and Kaz Kamwi all lined up to find their match
Stunning: The ladies were joined by Faye Winter (second right right) and Shannon Singh (far right)
Romance: Toby Aromolaran (left) and Hugo Hammond (right) are among the eligible bachelors looking for love
Beauty: The ladies all looked sensational in an array of colourful bikinis
The islanders clearly got off to a good start as they coupled up for the first time with the girls seen throwing their hands in the air and cheering as the boys made their way in one by one.
Liberty Poole, Sharon Gaffka, Kaz Kamwi, Faye Winter and Shannon Singh were part of the line-up while Chloe Burrows was noticeably absent, sparking speculation that she may be the first bombshell of the series.
Laura looked stunning for the launch, donning a white and blue patterned mini dress with a sweetheart neckline.
Wearing her blonde locks in a straight style, the TV presenter added height to her frame with a pair of heels and completed her look with a gold necklace.
It comes after this year’s contestant Shannon Singh recently discussed her rampant sexual appetite, saying she can have sex ‘up to eight times a day’ and admits she’s proud her dad is a former stripper.
The Scottish model, 23, who hails from Fife, hopes being so open about her sex life will empower Asian women to ‘own their bodies’ and believes entering the show will help break down ‘stereotypes’ associated with her culture.
Steamy: This year’s hideaway where some of the couples will be heading for alone time features plush red curtains with a neon lips sign and some new secret drawers
Cosy: The garden, which features some of the best views of Mallorca, has a new selfie mirror for the islanders to take advantage of while the swing sweat is also back for intimate late-night chats
Tan: The outdoor lounge area is ready and waiting for the islanders to work on their tans
Steamy: The hot tub is back for this year’s series next to a comfy lounge chair
Tidy: The hair and makeup area is the tidiest the contestants will find it all series
Workout: There is a weights area for the contestants to stay in shape throughout the summer
Explaining a previous claim about her sex drive in an unearthed podcast she recorded earlier this year in which she bragged about having sex ‘eight times a day’, Shannon said: ‘It was that I could have sex up to eight times a day.’
She continued: ‘When I am in love with someone, I do have a lot of sex and that’s normal and healthy in a relationship.
‘That podcast was all about Asian women being empowered and speaking out about things that typical Asian women don’t speak about.
‘I want to empower women and if I can stop the stereotype of Asian women and not owning who you are and being afraid to show your body and all this stuff, if I can be an advocate for that then of course I will be.’
Holiday: A neon sign reading ‘baecation’ will greet the islanders in the villa
Outfit: Wearing her blonde locks in a straight style, Laura added added height to her frame with a pair of heels and completed her look with a gold necklace
Single: Also looking for love on this year’s series is Brad McClelland (left) and Aaron Francis (right)
Home sweet home: The entrance hallway features a neon ‘love’ sign and a patterned love heart wall
Shannon admits she’s ‘not from a traditional Asian family’, a belief exemplified by her father’s former profession.
Indeed, the OnlyFans star, who has also modelled for PrettyLittleThing, says his racy past made her family ‘who we are.’
She added: ‘It’s something we are proud of as a family, it’s not traditional, it’s jokes. I think it’s hilarious.
‘It’s something I just throw in – when people say “what’s your ethnicity, what’s your background?” and I say “I’m Asian”, I think obviously whether people want to or not they do picture Asian families and what they’re like and then I throw it in.
Sunny: The kitchen is dominated by the island with a neon ‘Eat, Sleep, Crack On, Repeat’
Swanky: The entryway feratures stunning views of the surroundings hills
Ready and waiting: The bathroom is well stocked with toiletries and beauty products
Mysterious: There is a ‘push’ button waiting for the islanders in the hideaway
Spacious: The patio area will be where the ladies sit down and chat with Laura when they arrive in the villa
‘It’s made our family who we are, my brothers, mum and dad, we’re very open and honest as a family as I can speak to them about anything and they’re a great support system.’
Shannon says she wouldn’t rule out having sex in the villa, providing it was the natural step in a relationship.
The beauty also insisted potential suitors have no chance if they’re cocky and arrogant. Plus, younger men are usually also a no go.
She explained: ‘I like old souls, all my friends are older and I just get on with people that have an older soul so a really young, arrogant, cocky lad coming in – if he were chocolate he’d eat himself, that’s not my vibe at all.
Candid: It comes after this year’s contestant Shannon Singh (far right) recently discussed her rampant sexual appetite, saying she can have sex ‘up to eight times a day’
Radiant: Laura looked nothing short of sensational as she greeted the contestants inside the villa
Contender: Rounding out the boys is Jake Cornish who looked in good spirits as he arrived in the villa
‘I like guys that are funny, down to earth, family orientated, because I’m such a family girl.
‘If a guy comes in and he’s too excited and he’s got a rock up his a***, I’ll just think calm down and take a deep breath. Arrogance and cockiness are definitely my biggest turn offs.’
Meanwhile, narrator Iain Stirling recently revealed he does not intend on travelling to Majorca this year to narrate the forthcoming series of Love Island.
The TV presenter, 33, who became a voice-over artist for the dating show in 2015, has insisted he is looking forward to being ‘locked away’ in a sound booth all summer.
Makeover: The ‘Glam Station’ is ready and waiting for this year’s islanders
Bed for one: The Dog house, where islanders go if they’ve been kicked out of their beds, is also back
Inviting: The bathroom features beige marble countertops along with a large tub and several shelves worth of shampoo and beauty products to keep the islanders looking their best
Honest: Shannon says she wouldn’t rule out having sex in the villa, providing it was the natural step in a relationship
However, he hasn’t entirely ruled out the possibility of jetting abroad as he confirmed production haven’t made a final decision due to uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.
Appearing on Loose Women on Friday via video link, panellist Kaye Adams asked if he will be going to Mallorca for his narrator duties.
Iain responded: ‘We are in London, I think, now, this is the thing with coronavirus, I never want to say anything because you never know, who knows what’s going to happen.
‘I don’t know what colour Mallorca is going to be next week, it will be tartan by the time I’m done with it!’
Type: Shannon insisted potential suitors have no chance if they’re cocky and arrogant. Plus, younger men are usually also a no go
Back on screens: Love Island starts at 9pm Monday 28th June on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox
Whilst Laura had already landed in Majorca with her baby daughter ahead of the new series, Iain said he is happy to get to work in the UK.
He added: ‘I am very excited, I have not been in a sound booth for quite some time.
‘This is like my gaming room but it’s not quite the sound booth, I am looking forward to being locked away all summer.’
Love Island starts at 9pm Monday 28th June on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.
LOVE ISLAND 2021: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Sharon Gaffka, 25
Name: Sharon Gaffka
Occupation: Civil Servant – Operations Lead for Department of Transport
Who is their type on paper? ‘I tend to date someone who is taller than me, even though my last long-term partner, he was actually someone who was shorter than me.
‘I’m quite an intellectual person so I want someone who can kind of match that.’
Aaron Francis, 24
Name: Aaron Francis
Occupation: Luxury Events Host
Who is their type on paper? ‘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.
‘I don’t like when people are doing a job just to make money and then they kind of just live for the weekend. Especially because I work on the weekends.’
Liberty Poole, 21
Name: Liberty Poole
Occupation: Nando’s Waitress and Marketing Student
Who is their type on paper? ‘So 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. So I am trying to change my ways and go for more of a nicer guy that is going to treat me right.’
Hugo Hammond, 24
Name: Hugo Hammond
Occupation: PE Teacher
Who is their type on paper? ‘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.’
Name: Shannon Singh
Occupation: Glamour model
Who is their type on paper? ‘I don’t feed off looks, I feed off energy, 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. For me it’s quite hard to find people who are genuine and looking for what you’re looking for’
Name: Jake Cornish
Occupation: Water Engineer
Who is their type on paper? ‘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!
Name: Kaz Kamwi
Occupation: Fashion Blogger
Who is their type on paper? ‘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?’
Name: Chloe Burrows
Occupation: Financial Services Marketing Executive
Who is their type on paper? ‘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. Because I am quite a big character and quite loud, 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’
Name: Faye Winter
Occupation: Letting Manager
What is her type on paper? ‘Someone that will put me in my place. Someone that makes me laugh. But also someone that takes my banter. I’m like a five-year-old in a playground, if I like you, I will make a mockery of you and laugh and joke. That is my really terrible flirting skills. I need someone who can take that.’
Name: Brad McClelland
Who is their type on paper? Sommer Ray from Instagram. Zara McDermott, she’s a good-looking lass. Or Megan Fox.
Name: Toby Aromolaran
Occupation: Semi-pro footballer
How would he describe himself? ‘Optimistic. I always see the bright side in the worst situations. I’m a fun guy when I go on a night out. Responsible guy as well.’