The hit ITV2 dating show has not aired since February 2020 after both the summer 2020 and winter 2021 editions were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Yet with confirmation that the new series is taking place later this month and Love Island set to reveal the line-up in ‘due course’, MailOnline has taken a look at all the rumoured cast members so far…
Love Island 2021 rumoured cast members
Lucinda Strafford, 21
Heading to Majorca? Footballer Aaron Connolly’s glamorous ex-girlfriend Lucinda Strafford is reportedly set to be on Love Island, with a source saying he’s ‘really annoyed’ about the move
Footballer Aaron Connolly’s glamorous ex-girlfriend Lucinda Strafford is reportedly set to be on Love Island, with a source saying he’s ‘really annoyed’ about the move.
Lucinda, 21, is thought to have dated the Brighton & Hove Albion player for two years and recently grown close to him again following allegations he breached Covid-19 lockdown rules by inviting a woman to his house for sex in March.
Speaking with The Sun, a source claimed that former British Airways air steward Lucinda wants to have a stint in the villa to promote her fashion business.
They claimed: ‘She wants fame and money – she’s always wanted to be a celebrity. She’s trying to become an influencer, she wants to do it for her business.
‘Aaron’s really upset and really annoyed about it. They were together for two years and then broke up.’
Detailing their strained romance, they added: ‘He was seeing other people and she was jealous, but over the past few months they’ve been seeing each other.’
They also added that Lucinda has already had a ‘lengthy psych evaluation’ ahead of her reported entry to the villa.
MailOnline contacted a Love Island representative for further comment at the time.
Alexis Bailey, 21
Contestant? Love Island bosses have reportedly lined up aerial dancer Alexis Bailey for the upcoming 2021 series
The fire-eating beauty queen, 21, is said to be looking for love after recently breaking up from a long-term relationship.
It has been claimed that Alexis will ‘bring some heat’ to the villa as she is ‘very open’ and ‘always talking about sex’.
The aerial dancer was runner-up in the Miss Manchester pageant in 2019 and is one of Wayne Lineker’s Dream Dolls in Ibiza.
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.’
MailOnline contacted Love Island for comment at the time.
Milly Pickles, 26
New Islander? Only recently, it was reported that Love Island execs are hoping 2021 will be the first season where a disabled contestant goes into the villa with Milly Pickles tipped as potentially appearing on the line-up
Only recently, it was reported that Love Island execs are hoping 2021 will be the first season where a disabled contestant goes into the villa with Milly Pickles tipped as potentially appearing on the line-up.
Para-athlete Milly, 26, had to have her leg amputated after she was electrocuted.
A source told The Sun: ‘Casting are actively approaching for someone who visibly has a disability. It’s all part of the show trying to be as diverse as possible.
‘The final line-up hasn’t been sorted yet but it would be ideal if they had at least one disabled islander.’
James Price, 23
‘Cheeky, fun and handsome’: MailOnline revealed that Love Island have lined up Chelsea party boy James Price for the 2021 series
MailOnline revealed that Love Island have lined up Chelsea party boy James Price for the 2021 series.
Rumoured but denied: Holly Ramsay, 21
Model behaviour: Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Holly was rumoured to be taking part in the 2021 series, however, the family’s representative denied the claims earlier this month
Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Holly was rumoured to be taking part in the 2021 series, however, the family’s representative denied the claims earlier this month.
Speaking of bosses desire to get her on the show, a source had told The Sun: ‘Holly’s been brought up to work hard, show respect and not to rely on her dad’s celebrity. She’s finding her own way and will be successful in her own right.’
The beauty, who is signed to EST Models, had reportedly been approached by show bosses ‘many times’, however Gordon’s representatives denied she is joining the show.
They informed The Mirror: ‘This is not true. Holly has no interest in joining the show although she has been approached many times.’
MailOnline contacted Gordon’s representatives for further comment at the time.
The recruitment consultant, 23, is originally from Worcester.
James grew close to former Islander Lucie Donlan, 22, in 2018 – the summer before she rose to fame on the ITV2 show.
A TV insider told MailOnline that James has a soft spot for blondes.
They added that he hopes to bring the ‘Worcestershire Sauce’ to the villa this summer.
A source 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.
‘Lucie Donlan is his type on paper.
‘They grew close in Newquay the summer before she went on the show but their flirtation didn’t grow into a relationship.
‘While James is from Worcester, his group of friends reside in Fulham and he spent a lot of time before the pandemic partying in Chelsea.’
James is yet to find love and he could possibly find ‘The One’ in the villa this summer.
However, Lucie is now in a long-term relationship with boyfriend Luke Mabbott, 25, who starred on the winter version of Love Island.
A spokesman for ITV2 said at the time: ‘No decisions have been made on the line up for this year’s Love Island.’
Lucie previously told MailOnline she fancied Luke as soon as she saw him on the winter season of Love Island.
She said: ‘I fancied him when I first saw him walk into the villa. I saw him and was like, “Wow, he’s perfectly my type.”
‘I watched him the whole time he was on the show and I just thought he was perfect. He was such a lovely gentleman as well.
‘When I saw he was single I messaged him. I saw he was single and I just thought “I’ve got to shoot my shot” – you’ve got to go for what you want.
‘The day we first met we just knew it was meant to be which is really crazy when you meet someone at first.
‘He brings out the best in me because I haven’t stopped smiling since we met.’
Harley Benn, 24
New Islander? Love Island has reportedly signed boxer Nigel Benn’s son Harley for the 2021 series (pictured in 2019)
Harley, 24, who has also followed in his father Nigel’s boxing footsteps, is said to have had ‘video meetings’ with the ‘excited’ casting team.
A source told The Sun: ‘Harley’s already got a huge following and gets loads of attention from the girls.
‘He’s had video meetings with the casting team and everyone is very excited at the prospect of having him on the show.’
However, a Love Island representative told MailOnline: ‘No decisions have been made on the line up for this year’s Love Island.’
MailOnline contacted Harley’s representative for comment at the time.
Lucy Plunkett, 20
Single and ready to mingle? Lucy Plunkett has reportedly been linked to the 2021 series with a ‘close friend’ claiming that the Irish influencer, 20, is ‘very excited’ to represent Dublin after having her ‘heart broken’ in a long-term relationship
Lucy Plunkett has reportedly been linked to the 2021 series with a ‘close friend’ claiming that the Irish influencer, 20, is ‘very excited’ to represent Dublin after having her ‘heart broken’ in a long-term relationship.
A source told Dublin Live: ‘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.
‘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. But if someone crosses her she won’t have a problem speaking her mind. She can be problematic.’
They added: ‘She took the opportunity when it came to her as you can tell by her Instagram she’s a big believer that everything happens for a reason. She’s very excited and can’t wait to represent Dublin.’
MailOnline has contacted Love Island for comment.
Aimee-Rose Francis, 29
Rumour has it: Love Island producers are said to have their eye on wealthy fashion influencer Aimee-Rose Francis
Love Island producers are said to have their eye on wealthy fashion influencer Aimee-Rose Francis.
Boasting ‘a passion for long lunches and champagne cocktails’, the 29-year-old lives in swanky Chelsea, has a jewellery line and describes herself as a digital creator.
The Sun was told by a source: ‘Producers are nearly there with their cast and Aimee is top of their list.
‘She’s incredibly well-educated, has bags of personality and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself.
‘She could have walked straight off reality show Made In Chelsea. Bosses think she’ll be a great addition.’
Aimee-Rose went to King’s College London and has just over 80k followers on Instagram.
Toluwa Adepeju, 25
Make way: Junior doctor Toluwa Adepeju , who worked 70-hour weeks on the Covid frontline, is rumoured to be taking part in the forthcoming series of Love Island
Junior doctor Toluwa Adepeju, who worked 70-hour weeks on the Covid frontline, is rumoured to be taking part in the forthcoming series of Love Island.
Dr. Toluwa, 25, has taken to social media throughout the pandemic to encourage people to take the vaccine and offered advice on self isolation.
And according to The Sun, the doctor is a shoo-in for the series, which will take place over the summer after an 18-month absence caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
A source told the newspaper: ‘He’s led from the very front – in hospital and online, educating people of the risks and the need to get vaccinated.
‘He is a perfect pick. He’s modest, down to earth and loves what he does.’
Should he feature, Toluwa will not be the first doctor to appear on the ITV2 series, with Dr. Alex George taking part in 2018.
Although medical professionals may seem like unlikely candidates, Alex has used his growing platform to advocate for better mental healthcare.
Jay Munro, 24
2021 series? Jay Munro was originally linked for the 2020 winter series of Love Island
Jay Munro was originally linked for the 2020 winter series of Love Island.
The former footballer turned model and Instagram sensation, 24, reportedly caught the eye of ITV2 bosses at the time.
The Scottish hunk previously viral in Australia when he became known as the ‘hot door pusher’ on The Voice and now could be making a name for himself on UK screens.
Jay has reportedly been in the running to appear on Love Island multiple times but bosses have held him back.
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.’
MailOnline contacted Love Island representatives for comment at the time.
Ellis Iyayi, 22
Entering the villa? Ellis Iyayi was another potential contestant originally linked for the 2020 winter series of Love Island
Ellis Iyayi was another potential contestant originally linked for the 2020 winter series of Love Island.
According to The Sun, producers were keen on Loughborough personal trainer Ellis, 22, at the time, who has more than 266K followers on Instagram.
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.’
MailOnline contacted Love Island for comment at the time.
Alisha LeMay, 29
New Islander? Alisha LeMay was another potential contestant originally linked for the 2020 winter series of Love Island
Alisha LeMay was another potential contestant originally linked for the 2020 winter series of Love Island.
The social media sensation, 29, hails from Harlow, Essex, is friends with TOWIE star Pete Wicks and already boasts more than 100,000 followers.
Alisha was believed to be the ‘perfect fit’ at the time thanks to her ‘fun-loving personality, positive body image, large fan base and legion of celebrity pals.’
A source previously told MailOnline: ‘Alisha is exactly the type of contestant ITV2 are looking for – she’s gorgeous, body confident and isn’t afraid to be herself.
‘She already works as an influencer and has collaborated with brands like Pretty Little Thing, Missguided and ASOS, which all becomes part in parcel of being a Love Island star.
‘She’s an advocate of body positivity and often admits on her Instagram to never wanting to be perfect, which is an important message to young viewers of the show too.’
Zack Chugg, 21
Telling the tooth? University Of Leeds dentist Zack Chugg teased himself that he will be entering the Love Island 2021 villa after claiming he received a direct message from the ITV casting team
Zack Chugg teased himself that he will be entering the Love Island 2021 villa after claiming he received a direct message from the ITV casting team.
The University Of Leeds dentist and fitness fanatic, 21, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: ‘I released a post about men’s skincare routines and then got a direct message on Instagram from an ITV casting agent.
‘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.’
MailOnline has contacted Love Island for comment.
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Love Island duty of care protocols in full – ahead of 2021 series
Pre-filming and filming
- Registered mental health professional engaged throughout the whole series – from pre-filming to aftercare.
- Thorough pre-filming psychological and medical assessments including assessments by an independent doctor, psychological consultant and reports from each Islander’s own GP to check medical history.
- Potential Islanders are required to fully disclose any medical history that would be relevant to their inclusion in the villa and the production’s ability to provide a suitable environment for them.
- Managing cast expectations: detailed explanations both verbally and in writing of the implications, both positive and negative, of taking part in the series are given to potential cast members throughout the casting process and reinforced within the contract so it is clear.
- Cast are told they should consider all the potential implications of taking part in the show and work through this decision-making process in consultation with their family and those closest to them, to ensure they feel it is right for them.
- Senior Team on the ground have received training in Mental Health First Aid.
- A welfare team solely dedicated to the Islanders both during the show and after.
- Bespoke training on dealing with social media and advice on finance and adjusting to life back home.
- A minimum of eight therapy sessions will be offered to each Islander when they return home.
- Proactive contact with Islanders for a period of 14 months after the series in which they have appeared has ended, with additional help provided where applicable.
- We encourage Islanders to secure management to represent them after the show and manage them should they choose to take part in other TV shows, advertising campaigns or other public appearance opportunities.