Dami Hope is a senior microbiologist from Dublin but has admitted it would be “cool” to become famous on Love Island and get paid to “just be yourself”.
The Irish-Nigerian islander, 26, confessed that he isn’t sure his grandmother would approve of finding his future wife on the ITV2 reality show.
Ahead of the series launch on Monday, he “struggled” with the “heavy” social media ban ahead of filming, but expects things to “go well” once he’s with the other contestants who have experienced the same condition.
“I don’t know how my grandmother would feel!” Microbiologist Dami Hope has admitted it would be cool to get famous on Love Island and get paid to just be yourself.
He said of his participation: ‘When I told everyone, they were so shocked, but happy. Keeping it a secret was actually really hard, but I actually wanted to.
“You know that when you tell someone something, they always want to wish you luck and always want to check in. That creates pressure. I feel like if I don’t, I’m not putting any pressure on myself.”
After being out of a relationship for four years, Dami said he is open to settling down but will “wing it” once he arrives at the villa.
He revealed: “Obviously if I find someone and we click, yes. I’ve been single for a while, it would be nice to have a girlfriend again.
Oh my gosh: 26-year-old Irish-Nigerian islander admitted he’s not sure his grandmother would approve of finding his future wife on the ITV2 reality show
“I don’t know how my grandmother will feel if I find my wife on a TV show! I’ll play it, I’ll see.’
Claiming he likes girls with “pretty faces, a slim waist and a bit of a bum,” he said former contestants who have caught his eye include Yewande Biala, Mary Bedford, Amber Gill and Molly-Mae Hague.
On his game plan, he said, “Sure, I’m going to do that, play on the field right away. Irish charm, the Dami charm, I probably will [use it] but that’s just me.
My flirting technique, it comes to me as I go. That seems to work. You’ll see it if you look at it!’
Difficult: He spoke ahead of Monday’s series launch and “struggled” with the “heavy” social media ban ahead of filming, but expects to be “good” once he’s on the show
The new Love Island villa, which returns to the screens on Monday, is the largest ever – with an infinity pool, master bedrooms and panoramic views of Mallorca.
But it’s bad news for former England striker Michael Owen, 42, as this year’s lineup of hopeful dating sites, including his daughter Gemma, 19, WILL be shown having sex after last year’s series blackout .
Love Island producers confirmed to MailOnline that although food challenges have been dropped, sex is still on the menu, and they will assess every moment of pleasure between the islanders on a case-by-case basis.
Asked by MailOnline whether the 2022 series will feature sex scenes as opposed to last year, executive producer Mike Spencer admitted there was no blackout ban.
He said: ‘We don’t decide anything in advance. You just don’t know until you see the images, really, we’re so reactive we cut around the clock.
“If something happens, we cut it overnight, so until you see something it’s hard to make a judgment and you just have to go with what’s right.”
“The show is doing well, it’s evocative and funny, music is a huge thing, and we’ll continue to do that, but until we see it, it’s hard to say and it depends on who it is.”
Love Island starts at 9pm Monday, June 6 on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available on BritBox the following morning.
LOVE ISLAND 2022: MEET THE PARTICIPANTS
Name: Paige Thorne
Who is their type on paper? ‘I just can’t find anyone in Swansea.
I don’t have to swipe. So hopefully they can just come to me now!
“I came out of a relationship and was just so done with guys. Then I thought: ‘Okay, I’m bored now’
Name: Indian Polack
Activity: Hotel waitress
Who is their type on paper? “It’s kind of 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’ve ever dated two guys who are quite the same.’
Name: Tasha Ghouric
Activity: Model and dancer
Who is their type on paper? †My dating life has been a mess.
This is a chance for me to find ‘the one’ and have a great summer at the same time.
I am definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now, so I’m ready to get to know someone and travel with them.”
Name: Gemma Owen
Activity: International dressage rider and business owner
Who is their type on paper? †I am open to find love, I want to have a very nice summer.
I would say I am 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 man I would, but in a nice respectful way.
Andrew Le Page
Name: Andrew Le Page
Activity: Estate agent
Who is their type on paper? †When I’m with someone, I’m very loyal.
I’m a good friend because when I’m with someone I’m all there for them.
I’m actually single once, so I thought why not?
This is the best time to try it.’
Name: Luca Bis
Who is their type on paper? †I prefer to meet girls outside. I think if you go looking for it though, it’s not that easy, it’s like you’re too desperate for it.
If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you on a date, but other than that, if we’re talking and I don’t like where it’s going, then I won’t throw dates away.
Name: Dami Hope
Activity: Senior microbiologist
Who is their type on paper? ‘I’m going to talk to different girls, some of them may not be well.
If I’m actually in a relationship, I think it’s a zodiac sign.
I’m an Aries, but I’m very passionate – I always put that person first. I am very good at being part of a team’.
Name: Liam Llewellyn
Place: Newport, South Wales
Activity: Master’s student
Who is their type on paper? ’22 is a really good age to meet someone, you have your years ahead of you so you have time to grow together.
Love Island is a great opportunity to meet someone, you deal with a lot of different types, so you can learn what you really like.”
Name: Davide Sanclimenti
Place: Rome (lives in Manchester)
Activity: Business owner
Who is their type on paper? †Many English girls really love me.
They like to be around me and I like to be around them. I want to find my soul mate.
Find my person so that in the future I can really build something, grow with them, be a family. †
Name: Ikenna Ekwonna
Activity: Pharmaceutical sales
Who is their type on paper? †I’ve only had one previous relationship, but now I think I’m at the age where I can find someone.
Hopefully I will bring spontaneity and excitement.
I’m not really shy about talking to people. I don’t really care what people think.’
Name: Amber Beckford
Who is their type on paper? †I don’t like guys who brag.
I don’t like flashy guys – just have a personality and make me laugh.
There was a man and he was purposely trying to show off his car keys and we were literally in the middle of a restaurant!’