Love Island lineup rumours 2021: Who are the contestants?

ONLY twelve days to go until Love Island returns to ITV2, on 28 June, 2021.

According to Olivia Atwood, Love Island 2021 could even be the steamiest series yet as singles will escape lockdown laws which prevented them from socialising last year.

Who is rumoured to be in Love Island 2021?

A fresh batch of singles will enter the villa in the hope of finding true love under the watchful eye of the entire nation. Here are all the rumoured faces set to feature.

Harley Benn

Following in the footsteps of 2019's Tommy Fury, Harley Benn is a fellow Boxer, coming from a family where the love of the sport runs deep.

Son of Middleweight champion Nigel Benn and brother of WBA Continental welterweight champion Conor Benn – Harley himself is also a boxer with a record of nine bouts, eight wins and one defeat.

As reported by The Sun, Harley has already "had video meetings with the casting team and everyone is very excited at the prospect of having him on the show."

Harley already has a large social media following, with more than 8,000 people opting to follow the 24-year-old for his gym selfies.

James Price

23-year-old party boy James already has connections to Love Island courtesy of some previous cast members, with the Worcester-born hunk allegedly "growing close" to former Islander Lucie Dolan.

According to a TV insider via MailOnline, James has a strong affection for blondes and is keen on bringing the "Worcester sauce" to this year's series.

The source continued: "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."

James was rumoured to have become close with Lucie before her stint in the villa, though she is now loved up with another Love Island star – Luke Mabbott – who she met after filming.

Alexis Bailey

The first female to be linked with a summer spent in the Majorcan villa, Alexis is quite the performer as a fire-eater and aerial dancer.

Rumoured to have just come out of a long-term relationship, Alexis is still on the lookout for love on the show.

She has also previously worked with Ibiza club owner and Celebs go Dating star Wayne Lineker.

A source told The Sun: "She loves sex and is always talking about it. She’s very open about it but is incredibly likeable and loves to party.

"There are no limits as far as she is concerned and she very much wears her heart on her sleeve. It’s fair to say she will bring some heat to the villa."

Lucinda Strafford

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Made redundant from her stewardess job at British Airways, Lucinda has reportedly wanted to join the cast after her ex, Brighton & Hove Albion footballer Aaron Connolly cheated on her during lockdown. 

She also has the desire to promote her clothing range as the owner of The luxe Range boutique. 

A brand for which she models herself on her Instagram account.

Lucy Plunkett

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The sultry blonde has hinted she was leaving North Dublin for a stay in the sun in a recent Instagram story. 

A small business owner and influencer, “Lucy is looking for a man who is loyal and isn’t too controlling. She’s very much a free spirit who beats to her own drum”, a close pal said according to Radio Times. 

“I expect her to be herself. She sometimes may come across as mean or a b***h due to her honest nature but she is a girl’s girl and is a sweetheart once you get to know her.”

Jay Munro

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Past rumours have implied that he would find a place in the Majorca villa. 

But it seems that Love Island is finally the right time for the former footballer and model.

As an avid user of Instagram, with 194k followers, he is also close to former contestants of the reality dating series. 

Ellis Iyayi

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The hunky fashion model, much like Jay, has also been a rumoured Love Island contestant on multiple occasions.

Based in Leeds, he has worked for brands like Nike, Asos, Gymshark and JD Sports.

Alisha LeMay

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Rumoured to join the Winter Love Island villa in South Africa, it seems she will actually join the trip to Spain for this summer's instalment.

At 28 years old, Alisha is an Essex-based influencer with three Instagram accounts on which she shares glimpses of her life, her home improvements and an unfiltered insight into her daily routine.

She has worked for Asos, Boohoo and Pretty Little Thing and is also chummy with numerous Love Island alumni like Ellie Brown and Belle Hassan.

Zack Chugg

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Fitness model, personal trainer and dentist student Zack has confirmed he will be in Majorca this summer.

"I released a post about men’s skincare routines and then got a direct message on Instagram from an ITV casting agent", he said to The Yorkshire Evening post.

"I think they are really fascinated by what I do and I don’t know if they’ve met someone who does the sort of thing that I do yet."

He is currently in his second year at Leeds University.

Toluwa Adepeju

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The Love Island producers wanted key workers to be a part of this year's line up and found what they were looking for in Toluwa.

Dr. Toluwa, an NHS hero, has been outspoken on social media throughout the Covid pandemic and documented his time on the frontline on his Instagram.

He has been urging members of the public to get the jab against Covid-19.

"He is a perfect pick", an ITV 2 source told the Sun. "He's modest, down to earth and loves what he does."

Holly Ramsay

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While her dad Gordon is well known for his explosive temper, Holly is about to go through her first experience with TV fame.

She is a model and fashion student, who recently broke a taboo around PTSD after admirably revealing her own struggles.

"Holly is the big signing", a source told the Sun, "she’s the one they really wanted to get. It’s taken months of talks but Holly’s now committed to it."

Now all that remains to be seen is if she will follow in the footsteps of Dany Dyer.

Danny Dyer's daughter won the show way back in 2018 alongside Jack Fincham.

What is certain, however, is that Gordon – known to be a highly protective albeit strict father – will keep a close eye on his little girl's stay in the villa.

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Who will host Love Island 2021?

Viewers can expect the husband and wife duo of Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling on hosting and narration duties respectively.

The couple announced earlier this year that they had tied the knot in a low-key affair, with Laura taking to Instagram to reveal: "A year ago Iain asked me to marry him and we had the most magical, perfect ceremony. We loved having it to ourselves. 

"We had been planning the perfect celebration and I will forever be so thankful that’s what we got. We have never spoken publicly about our engagement or wedding. Back at the time we never felt the need to say anything as it’s all such a personal experience."

How can I watch Love Island 2021?

Though there has been no confirmation from producers about dates, Love Island traditionally begins its summer series in June, airing at 9pm on ITV2.

Once it has begun, Love Island airs every night with a recap of the week’s events on the Saturday Unseen Bits show.

This series will be the eight season of the show, the seventh to run in the summer.

Both Love Island and Love Island: Aftersun will also be available to watch on demand on the ITV Hub.

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