This year’s Love Island contestants have been confirmed with one week to go until the 2022 series kicks off.

And fans have already been getting to know the new Islanders via their social media profiles on Instagram and Tiktok, where some of them have already amassed a huge following.

Michael Owen’s daughter Gemma leads the pack with 42.6k followers on Instagram, while Natasha Ghouri has nearly 30,000 TikTok followers and has modelled for ASOS.

Sport royalty: Footballing legend Michael Owen’s daughter Gemma, 19, is also heading to Mallorca, and boasts a huge following in her own right

The first crop of Islanders will all be unveiled this week, as the finishing touches are put on their new villa, ready for the start of the series, presented by Laura Whitmore, on Monday June 6. 

Footballing legend Michael Owen’s daughter Gemma, 19, is also heading to Mallorca, and boasts a huge following in her own right.

Gemma, who owns her own swimwear brand and has followed in her dad’s sporting footsteps as an international dressage rider, already has 42.6k followers on Instagram.

She is even followed by last year’s Love Islander contestants Liam Reardon and Brad McClelland.

She also has a separate Instagram dedicated to her dressage career, that racks in a total of nearly 9,000 alone.

Success story: Gemma, who owns her own swimwear brand and has followed in her dad's sporting footsteps as an international dressage rider, already has 42.6k followers on Instagram

Success story: Gemma, who owns her own swimwear brand and has followed in her dad’s sporting footsteps as an international dressage rider, already has 42.6k followers on Instagram

She began her swimwear brand, OG Beachwear, in 2020 during the height of the global pandemic, and it has nearly 4,000 followers on its Instagram account.

‘I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer. I was seeing someone and then that didn’t work out so I thought, “Why not?”’ she reveals. 

She says her competitive spirit will help her get what she wants from her summer of love, explaining: ‘Sport has always been a big thing for me and my family. My dad was a professional football player. I’ve competed for Great Britain in dressage since I was 11-years-old.’

Doing well: She also has a separate Instagram dedicated to her dressage career, that racks in a total of nearly 9,000 alone

The star has represented Great Britain in dressage competitions

Doing well: She also has a separate Instagram dedicated to her dressage career, that racks in a total of nearly 9,000 alone

‘I’ve travelled all across Europe competing in big arenas in big competitions. I would say I’m very competitive. [When it comes to relationships] I will always go for what I want.’

‘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. 

‘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.’

Stunning: Model and dancer Natasha Ghouri, 23, boasts a whopping 18.6 Instagram followers and 28.9K followers on TikTok and has already worked with major fashion brand ASOS as a model

Stunning: Model and dancer Natasha Ghouri, 23, boasts a whopping 18.6 Instagram followers and 28.9K followers on TikTok and has already worked with major fashion brand ASOS as a model

Model and dancer Natasha Ghouri, 23, boasts a whopping 18.6 Instagram followers and has already worked with major fashion brand ASOS as a model.

The blonde beauty – who was born deaf – has shared a huge number of stunning bikini shots and lingerie snaps to her grid, showing off her incredible figure.

Her TikTok has an amazing 28.9K followers, where fans can see the model’s behind-the-scenes videos from photo shoots including ASOS, and modelling a range of sexy outfits.

The statuesque star went viral last year when she showed her cochlear implant in a earring commercial for ASOS.

She said at the time: ‘No matter what disability you’ve got, you can do it’.

Progress! The statuesque star went viral last year when she showed her cochlear implant in a earring commercial for ASOS

Progress! The statuesque star went viral last year when she showed her cochlear implant in a earring commercial for ASOS

Despite her stunning good looks, Tasha has been unlucky in love and recently got back on the dating scene late last year.

She tweeted in October: ‘How hard can it be to just find someone who actually wants and appreciates me’. 

And in November she announced: ‘Dating again is such a process’.

The gorgeous blonde admits that 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.’

Making her mark: Tasha Ghouri, 23, from Thirsk is a model and dancer and the show’s first ever deaf contestant

Looking for love: Despite her stunning good looks, Tasha has been unlucky in love and recently got back on the dating scene late last year

Looking for love: Despite her stunning good looks, Tasha has been unlucky in love and recently got back on the dating scene late last year

‘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 adds that her family and friends would describe her ‘as wild. I can get very wild on a night out, I’m definitely a party animal. I love my prosecco and to have a dance – I’m always on the dance floor.’

‘I’m very loyal to my friends and family, I’ll always have their backs. I’m the type of person to put others before me. They would definitely say I’m a nap queen – I love napping!’

Ready: The gorgeous blonde admits that 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'

Model good looks: The statuesque star, who was born deaf, went viral last year when she showed her cochlear implant in a earring commercial for fast fashion brand ASOS

Gorgeous: Tash went viral last year when she showed her cochlear implant in a earring commercial for fast fashion brand ASOS. She said at the time: ‘No matter what disability you’ve got, you can do it’

Incredible: Her TikTok has an amazing 28.9K followers, where fans can see the model's behind-the-scenes videos from photo shoots including ASOS, and modelling a range of sexy outfits

Incredible: Her TikTok has an amazing 28.9K followers, where fans can see the model’s behind-the-scenes videos from photo shoots including ASOS, and modelling a range of sexy outfits

‘I think they’d also say I’m inspirational because of my hearing and my cochlear implant. I inspire quite a lot of people because I’m really open about it.’

Despite saying she is loyal, Tash adds that she is ultimately on the show to find love and not to make friends, explaining: ‘It’s a tough one because I’m a girls’ girl but it is a dating show and I’m here to find my man. I may have to step on toes but I’ll do it in the nicest way possible.’

Senior Microbiologist Dami Hope, 26, from Dublin is ready to play the field in the Spanish sun, and already has nearly 3,000 followers on Instagram.

His social media paints a picture of a jetsetter who frequently keeps his followers up to date on his travels to Paris, Santorini, Dublin and Abu Dhabi, suggesting he could be making good money.

He has also vowed to be ‘open to new things this year,’ explaining: ‘I think actually that’s why I put myself out there to get some new experiences. Love Island is a different experience.’ 

Hunk incoming: Dami from Dublin has also vowed to be 'open to new things this year,' explaining: 'I think actually that's why I put myself out there'

Confident: When asked what he thinks he'll bring to the villa, the hunk says: 'Just myself - Dami Hope! Being me - funny and my personality'

Hunk incoming: Dami from Dublin has also vowed to be ‘open to new things this year,’ explaining: ‘I think actually that’s why I put myself out there to get some new experiences. Love Island is a different experience’

Jetsetter: His social media paints a picture of a jetsetter who frequently keeps his followers up to date on his travels to Paris, Santorini, Dublin and Abu Dhabi

Jetsetter: His social media paints a picture of a jetsetter who frequently keeps his followers up to date on his travels to Paris, Santorini, Dublin and Abu Dhabi

He adds that he’s not going to put all his eggs in one basket, revealing his game plan is to talk I’to different girls, it might not go well with some, might go well with others, so it’s a fun experience.’

When asked what he thinks he’ll bring to the villa, the hunk says: ‘Just myself – Dami Hope! Being me – funny and my personality. I don’t know if I will cause trouble, I’ll try not to cause trouble but sometimes you don’t intentionally cause trouble – but it happens!’

The scientist has a keen interest in astrology, adding: ‘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. 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.’

Looking for love: Senior Microbiologist Dami Hope, 26, from Dublin is ready to play the field in the Spanish sun

Looking for love: Senior Microbiologist Dami Hope, 26, from Dublin is ready to play the field in the Spanish sun

Meanwhile, boasting almost 11,000 followers on Instagram, Indiyah Polack, 23, has modelled for names such as Lounge Underwear, Boohoo and Bold Cosmetics so she could already be rolling in it.

She has almost 5,000 followers on TikTok where she shares haul videos, dances and her lavish night’s out in London.

She is a hotel waitress and model from London who says ‘I feel like I’m at a stage in my life now where I’m ready to meet new people and start dating properly. 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.’ 

Lights, camera, action: Boasting almost 11,000 followers on Instagram, Indiyah has modelled for names such as Lounge Underwear, Boohoo and Bold Cosmetics

Model: She sums up her dating history as 'random. Everyone I’ve dated have all been quite different. I don’t think I have ever been out with two guys who are quite the same.'

Lights, camera, action: Boasting almost 11,000 followers on Instagram, Indiyah has modelled for names such as Lounge Underwear, Boohoo and Bold Cosmetics 

‘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.’

‘I feel like I’m going to bring a lot of flavour and vibrancy. I feel like I’m quite a down to earth person, so it shouldn’t be an issue to meet a lover or a friend.’

She sums up her dating history as ‘random. Everyone I’ve dated have all been quite different. I don’t think I have ever been out with two guys who are quite the same.’

Moving in: Indiyah Polack, 23, is a hotel waitress from London who says ‘I feel like I’m at a stage in my life now where I’m ready to meet new people and start dating properly’

Ikenna Ekwonna may have just 1,700 followers on Instagram, but he has some big brains, with his LinkedIn and Instagram revealing he graduated with 2:1 from Nottingham Trent University last month.

The hunk currently works for AstraZeneca as Remote Primary Care Accounts Specialist, a role he has had for the past 10 months.

‘I’ve only been in one past relationship but now I think I’m at the age where I could find someone,’ he says. ‘I’m not really shy to speak to people and I don’t really care too much about what people think.’

Wow! The hunk currently works for AstraZeneca as Remote Primary Care Accounts Specialist, a role he has had for the past 10 months

Wow! The hunk currently works for AstraZeneca as Remote Primary Care Accounts Specialist, a role he has had for the past 10 months

Recalling his most memorable dating experience, the romantic reveals how he once splurged on a luxury holiday for an ex.

‘I took my ex on holiday for her birthday. We went to Barcelona for four nights and I was pretty young then, maybe like 19-20.

‘It was for her birthday so she didn’t know about it. It was quite a lot of money to spend for that age.’ 

Smart guy: Ikenna Ekwonna may have just 1,700 followers on Instagram, but he has some big brains, with his LinkedIn and Instagram revealing he graduated with 2:1 from Nottingham Trent University last month

Smart guy: Ikenna Ekwonna may have just 1,700 followers on Instagram, but he has some big brains, with his LinkedIn and Instagram revealing he graduated with 2:1 from Nottingham Trent University last month

LOVE ISLAND 2022: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

Paige  Thorne

Name: Paige Thorne

Age: 24

Location: Swansea

Occupation: Paramedic

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 guys. Then I was like, ‘Ok, I’m bored now’

Indiyah Polack

 Name: Indiyah Polack

Age: 23

Location: London

Occupation: Hotel waitress

Who is their type on paper? ‘I feel like for my generation of people, 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 have ever been out with two guys who are quite the same.’

Tasha Ghouri

Name: Tasha Ghouri

Age: 23

Location: Thirsk

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.’

Gemma Owen

Gemma Owen

Name: Gemma Owen

Age: 19

Location: Chester

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

Andrew Le Page

Name: Andrew Le Page

Age: 27

Location: Guernsey

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.’ 

 

 

 

 

 

Dami Hope

Dami Hope

Name: Dami Hope

Age: 26

Location: Dublin

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’.

Liam Llewellyn

 Name: Liam Llewellyn

Age: 22

Location: Newport, South Wales

Occupation: Masters Student 

Who is their type on paper? ‘I think 22 is a really nice age to meet someone.

It’s 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 about people.’

Davide Sanclimenti

 Name: Davide Sanclimenti

Age: 27

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. ‘

Ikenna Ekwonna

Name: Ikenna Ekwonna

Age: 23

Location: Nottingham

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 and I don’t really care too much about what people think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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