Liam Llewellyn is one of the first contestants to join the “Love Island” villa.
Liam Llewellyn is a postgraduate student from Newport, South Wales. The 22-year-old said in his official biography that he is joining the show because “‘Love Island’ is a great opportunity to meet someone.”
“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,” Llewellyn said.
He added that his friends would describe him as “bubbly.”
“They’d probably say quite generous, quite caring, happy, chatty, chirpy, bubbly,” Llewellyn said. “I wear my heart on my sleeve, I can’t hide how I feel about anyone. I’m probably quite emotional as well come to think about it.”
Davide Sanclimenti is an Italian business owner.
The “Love Island” cast often has a few contestants from outside of the UK. For season 8, that includes 27-year-old business owner Davide Sanclimenti, who is originally from Rome in Italy but now lives in Manchester, England.
Sanclimenti said in his official biography that he is going to bring his “Italian charm” to the villa.
“I’m going to be the Italian stallion in the villa!” he said. “With my Italian charm, I can also be a very romantic guy. I’m good looking and I’ve realized 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.”
Sanclimenti also added that he wants to find his soulmate and that he can be a “very deep person.”
“I’m 27 now, I’m getting serious about my life and my goals. My biggest dream is to find someone I can spend the rest of my life with,” he said.
Indiyah Polack is also looking for love in the villa.
One of the first of the female contestants to be announced is Indiyah Polack, who is a 23-year-old hotel waitress from London, England.
Polack’s official biography says that she will bring “flavor and vibrancy” to the villa.
“I feel like I’m at a stage in my life now where I’m ready to meet new people and start dating properly,” she said. “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.”
Polack continued: “‘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.”
Paige Thorne is another Welsh contestant in this year’s cast.
Paige Thorne, a 24-year-old paramedic from Swansea, Wales, is joining the “Love Island” cast because there is “just no one” she can find in her town.
She said in her official biography: “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!”
Thorne said she was going to stop dating after coming out of her latest relationship but got “bored.”
Thorne also said that she has “bubbly energy” and is a “good cook” which is important as contestants in the past have used sandwiches as romantic meals.
“If I had to pick a signature dish, it would probably be a Sunday dinner,” she said. “My roasties are up there, I think Gordon Ramsay would be impressed — I think he would be like ‘9/10 or 10/10.'”
Gemma Owen is the youngest of the season 8 cast so far.
Gemma Owen is a business owner and international dressage rider, from Chester, England. According to her official biography, she has been competing for Great Britain in dressage since she was 11 and she’s the daughter of former England professional footballer Michael Owen.
The 19-year-old is planning to come to “Love Island” for a “really fun summer.”
She said: “I was seeing someone and then that didn’t work out so I thought, ‘Why not?'”
Owen said she’s “fun, flirty and fiery” and “very competitive.”
“I will always go for what I want,” Owen said. “But at the same time, I’m not going to mess up something for someone who is in a proper relationship or get in the way of a couple if they have a genuine connection. I wouldn’t do anything to another girl that I wouldn’t be happy with them doing to me.”
Tasha Ghouri is the first deaf contestant on “Love Island.”
Last year, Hugo Hammond was the first ever contestant to go on “Love Island” with a disability. 23-year-old Tasha Ghouri follows in his footsteps. She is a model and dancer from Thirsk, England, who is also deaf.
She said in her official biography that she joined the show because her 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,” Ghouri said. “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.”
She also said that she is willing to “step on toes” in the “nicest way possible” in order to find her man.
Ghouri also said that her friends and family think she is “wild” but “inspirational because of my hearing and my cochlear implant.”
“I inspire quite a lot of people because I’m really open about it,” she said.
Andrew Le Page is from the English Channel Island of Guernsey.
Andrew Le Page, a 27-year-old real estate agent, said in his official biography that he is on “Love Island” because he’s “actually single for once.”
Le Page, who is from the Channel Island, Guernsey, describes himself as “very loyal.”
“I’m a good boyfriend as when I’m with someone I’m all for them,” he said.
Ikenna Ekwonna has only been in one relationship.
Ikenna Ekwonna is a 23-year-old pharmaceutical salesman hailing from Nottingham, England. According to his official biography, he has only been in one relationship before the villa.
“Hopefully, I’m going to bring spontaneity and excitement,” Ekwonna said. “I’m not really shy to speak to people and I don’t really care too much about what people think.”
Amber Beckford is another contestant from the UK capital city, London.
Amber Beckford, a 24-year-old nanny from London, England, shared her turn-offs in her official biography.
“I don’t like guys that show off,” 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!”
Beckford also said she hopes she brings some fun to the villa.
“I can definitely be opinionated so I’m not sure how that’s going to go down,” she added. “As I work with kids I have patience with kids but adults, they annoy me!”
A senior microbiologist is also on the cast for this year’s “Love Island.”
Dami Hope is a senior microbiologist from Dublin, Ireland.
The 26-year-old contestant said in his official biography that he is on “Love Island” because he wanted to be “more open to new things” this year.
“‘Love Island’ is a different experience, I will be talking to different girls, it might not go well with some, might go well with others, so it’s a fun experience,” he said.
Hope says that as an Aries, he is “very passionate.”
“I always used to put that person first,” he said. “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.”
Luca Bish is a fishmonger from Brighton, England.
Luca Bish is a 23-year-old fishmonger who said in his official biography that he likes to meet women when he’s “out and about” rather than on dating apps.
“I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it,” Bish said. “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.”
The fishmonger from Brighton also said that he got out of a four-year relationship a year ago.
Love Island begins on June 6 on ITV UK.