Love Island's new contestants are celebrity-obsessed Instagram influencers – and why over 27s stand no chance of romance

LESS than 5,000 followers on Instagram? Forget it. Over 27? Over the hill more like – there's a lot less chance of cracking on.

This year’s Love Island line-up has been billed as the most diverse yet, but is it really?


We’ve taken a light-hearted look at the 11 strong line-up of good-looking men and women – with not a beer belly or cellulite in sight – to see if it's any different from previous years.

All of the new Love Island contestants can already class themselves as social media influencers before stepping foot in the Mallorca villa as they’ve clocked up more than 5,000 followers.

Michael Owen’s daughter, Gemma, boasts nearly 12 times that amount, with 59k fans.

Second and third are model Tasha Ghouri, 25.5k, the first ever deaf contestant, and hotel waitress Indiyah Polack, 22k.

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Meanwhile, student Liam Llewellyn leads the boys with 10.7k.

The lowest ranked on the social media scale are estate agent Andrew Le Page with 6k and salesman Ikenna Ekwonna, drawing in 5K.

The show certainly taps into those with eyes on the fame game, as the application form asks: "Who is your celebrity crush and why?"

It also wants to know if you’ve ever been married, how your friends would describe you, and in 50 words or less, explain why you’d make a great "Islander."

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Producers then quiz budding island romantics how they prefer dating, whether they're constantly swiping left on Tinder or plump for the ancient way of romance by chatting someone up in-person.

That's maybe a chance for the budding stars to whip out their best Cracking On catchphrases ahead of time.

Additionally show bosses requested a one-minute video and the best five photos – no filters allowed – including a head and full length shot.

It’s amazing to see some inclusivity with a deaf competitor, yet there's potential to go further, with all applicants asked if they "consider yourself to have a disability."

And this year, there was talk of a non-binary person appearing on the show, despite TV bosses admitting it was a "logistical challenge."

We recently revealed the new Love Island series will kick off on Monday June 6, alongside new images of the villa taking shape.

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The matchmaking show compound itself is situated in the middle of lush greenery and at the foot of a large hill.

The old villa in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, which housed contestants for five years, sold for a whopping £3million.




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