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Love Island rumoured contestants 2021: who will be appearing on the new series this June? We investigate...
It was officially confirmed earlier this year that Love Island would be back for 2021, and we're betting it'll be the best series yet.
The ITV2 show was sadly cancelled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it looks set to return to Majorca this year.
ITV have confirmed that the start date is June 28.
The channel promised "lots of twists and turns" in the new series, with Director of television Kevin Lygo saying there was "so much to look forward to" this spring and summer.
While we don't yet know who will be heading to the villa, there are - as always - a number of rumours flying around.
Here are all the rumoured contestants so far:
None of the following have been confirmed by ITV2, and we'll have to wait until nearer the start date before we find out the full line-up.
Harley Benn is a boxer, and son of Middleweight champion Nigel Benn and brother of WBA Continental welterweight champion Conor Benn.
The Sun reports that producers are eyeing him up for the 2021 series, claiming that Harley "had video meetings with the casting team" and that "everyone is very excited at the prospect of having him on the show."
James, 23, from Worcester, already has a connection to the show - as he was previously romantically linked to 2019 contestant Lucie Donlan.
A source told the MailOnline that James is a strong contender for the show, and is keen on bringing some "Worcester sauce" to the villa.
The insider said: "James is in final talks with producers and they're really keen on signing him this year.
"He's cheeky, fun and handsome – and will be a sure-fire hit with the female contestants, while he's also on the lookout for his dream girl."
Alexis, a fire-eater and aerial dancer, is also rumoured to be heading to the villa, with a source telling The Sun: "It’s fair to say she will bring some heat to the villa."
Love Island bosses have reportedly signed up doctor Toluwa Adepeju for the new series.
The NHS hero reportedly worked 0-hour weeks in hospital at the height of the coronavirus pandemic last year, and insiders have said he's a 'perfect pick' for the villa.
"He’s led from the very front – in hospital and online, educating people of the risks and the need to get vaccinated,” a source told The Sun.
"He is a perfect pick. He’s modest, down to earth and loves what he does."
Jay is a footballer-turned model, who is friends with ex-Love Island contestants including Josh Denzel and Tommy Fury.
He has been rumoured for Love Island before, and sources say that this will be the year he enters the villa.
A source told the Daily Star: "Jay will be the one all the girls will be chasing. Just like Tommy Fury, he’s a sportsman, in good shape and has dreamy looks."
Ellis, 22, is a personal trainer and model based in Leeds.
He has worked with brands including GymShark, ASOS, Nike and JD Sports - and is verified in Instagram.
He has reportedly been a reserve a few times, but insiders have claimed that he'll finally enter the villa later this month.
A source told The Sun: "Ellis is over the moon about it – he’s had to be sworn to secrecy about it but he’s been in to meet producers a few times and they love him – he can’t wait to get in the villa. Ellis is exactly what the show is looking for and he ticks all the boxes – he will make great television."
Lucy, 20, is a social media influencer from Dublin.
Belfast Live reports that she is also heading to the villa, with a close friend of hers telling the publication: “I expect her to be herself. She sometimes may come across as mean or a b**** due to her honest nature but she is a girl's girl and is a sweetheart once you get to know her.”
Laura Whitmore will return as host of the series.