The countdown to the eighth series of Love Island is on.
And even some of the showbiz circuit’s most esteemed names are partial to a fix of the British dating show, which returns on Monday night with Laura Whitmore at the helm.
English model Cara Delevingne and American stand-up comedian Amy Schumer are among the famous admirers of the ITV2 dating show, with 29-year-old Cara admitting she envies Laura’s job.
Enthusiast: Cara Delevingne (pictured this month) is a ‘huge’ fan of Love Island and envies Laura Whitmore’s job – with Amy Schumer also a famous admirer of the dating show
The show’s host, 37, told New Magazine: ‘Cara is a huge fan and she’s messaged me a lot about it.
“She was on a film set one day and messaged me with a picture of where she was, saying,“ I’m so jealous of what you’re doing. ” I was like, “I’m so jealous of what you’re doing!”
‘She said,’ No, no, no, what you’re doing is a million times cooler! ”
Admirers: Even some of the showbiz circuit’s most esteemed names (Amy Schumer pictured this month) are partial to a fix of the British dating show, which returns on Monday night with Laura Whitmore at the helm
Tuning in: The show’s host, 37 (pictured right), told New Magazine: ‘Cara (pictured left last month) is a huge fan and she’s messaged me a lot about it’
Meanwhile, Irishwoman Laura, who is married to the provider of the witty Love Island voiceover Iain Sterling, recalled how she was interviewing Amy, 40, on a video call for a new TV series before the conversation turned to Love Island.
A minute into the interview, Amy, who hosted this year’s Oscars, turned to Laura and said, ‘I’m really sorry, but are you Laura Whitmore from Love Island?’
‘We only had six minutes to talk and we just talked about Love Island. We didn’t talk about her show at all and then the time was up! That was really funny, ‘Laura remembered.
Lowdown: This year’s Love Island contestants have been revealed as (LR) Dami Hope, Paige Thorne. Amber Beckford, Luca Bish, Tasha Ghouri, Ikenna Ekwonna, Davide Sanclimenti and Gemma Owen. Liam Llewellyn, Indiyah Polack and Gemma Owen
The presenter said she loves Love Island’s wide ranging audience, and is often stopped by viewers of the show to ask what the contestants are ‘really like.’
The line-up for Love Island 2022 has been revealed and among those hoping to find the one in the villa are the show’s first ever deaf contestant, Michael Owen’s daughter and a fishmonger who took a girl on a private plane for their first date.
The eighth series of the show is set to return to screens on Monday June 6, with this year’s islanders moving into a brand new villa in Mallorca.
Leading the way are model Tasha Ghouri, 23, footballing legend Michael Owen’s daughter Gemma, 19, and fishmonger Luca Bish, 23.
LOVE ISLAND 2022: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Paige Thorne
Who is their type on paper? ‘In Swansea there is just no-one I can find.
I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!
‘I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with the guys. Then I was like, ‘Ok, I’m bored now’
Name: India Polack
Occupation: Hotel waitress
Who is their type on paper? ‘It’s quite hard to date without being influenced by social media and stuff like that.
Love Island is a great place to get to know someone one-on-one.
I don’t think I’ve ever been out with two guys who are quite the same. ‘
Name: Tasha Ghouri
Occupation: Model and dancer
Who is their type on paper? ‘My 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.
I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m ready to get to know someone and travel with them. ‘
Name: Gemma Owen
Occupation: International Dressage Rider and Business Owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer.
I would say I’m fun, flirty and fiery. I think I’m good at giving advice, I’m a good person to talk to, I’m very honest.
If I want the same guy, I’d do it but in a nice respectful way.
Andrew Le Page
Name: Andrew Le Page
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Who is their type on paper? ‘When I’m with someone I’m very loyal.
I’m a good boyfriend as when I’m with someone I’m all for them.
I’m actually single for once, so I thought why not?
This is the best time to give it a go. ‘
Name: Luca Bish
Who is their type on paper? ‘I prefer to meet girls out and about. I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it.
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.
Name: Dami Hope
Occupation: Senior Microbiologist
Who is their type on paper? ‘I will be talking to different girls, it might not go well with some.
When I’m actually in a relationship, I think it’s a star sign thing.
I’m an Aries but I’m very passionate – I always used to put that person first. I’m really good at being in a team ‘.
Name: Liam Llewellyn
Location: Newport, South Wales
Occupation: Masters Student
Who is their type on paper? ’22 is a really nice age to meet someone, you’ve got your years ahead of you so you have time to grow together.
Love Island is a great opportunity to meet someone, you’re in with a load of different types so you can get to grips with what you really like. ‘
Name: Davide Sanclimenti
Location: Rome (lives in Manchester)
Occupation: Business owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘A lot of English girls actually love me.
They love to be around me and I love to be around them. I want to find my soulmate.
Find my person so I can actually build something in the future, grow with them, be a family. ‘
Name: Ikenna Ekwonna
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales
Who is their type on paper? ‘I’ve only been in one past relationship but now I think I’m at the age where I could find someone.
Hopefully, I’m going to bring spontaneity and excitement.
I’m not really shy to speak to people I don’t really care too much about what people think. ‘
Name: Amber Beckford
Who is their type on paper? ‘I don’t like guys that show off.
I don’t like flashy 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! ‘