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Gemma Owen reveals that she is looking for a ‘family orientated’ man as she enters the Love Island villa, while Italian Davide Sanclimenti quickly turns heads in the drama-packed debut episode of the reality TV show.

In the pre-recorded episode, set to air on Monday night, the daughter of Michael Owen, 19, proves eager to share what kind of man she is looking for as she joins her female co-stars – Indiyah Polack, Paige Thorne, Tasha Ghouri and Amber Beckford – in the villa.

In a first insight into the drama-packed series ahead, the girls are seen sat round the infamous fire pit when host Laura Whitmore welcomes them to the ITV dating show, and does not shy away from asking the girls what their turn-ons and turn-offs are.

Dating: Gemma Owen reveals that she is looking for a ‘family orientated’ man as she enters the Love Island villa, while Italian Davide Sanclimenti quickly turns heads in the drama-packed debut episode of the reality TV show

They're here! In the pre-recorded episode, set to air on Monday, the daughter of Michael Owen, 19, proves eager to share what kind of man she is looking for as she joins her co-stars - Indiyah Polack, Paige Thorne, Tasha Ghouri and Amber Beckford

They’re here! In the pre-recorded episode, set to air on Monday, the daughter of Michael Owen, 19, proves eager to share what kind of man she is looking for as she joins her co-stars – Indiyah Polack, Paige Thorne, Tasha Ghouri and Amber Beckford

When asked what type of man she is looking for, Gemma says: ‘I’m looking for a guy that is really family orientated – that is so important. Good morals.’

While Amber admits she wants something more ‘long-term’ rather than summer fling, adding: ‘I’ve been single for a year and a half now.’

And when quizzed on her turn-offs, Indiyah replies: ‘Bad, bad fashion sense!’

As the girls line-up in front of the pool for their male co-star’s arrival, Laura drops a huge bombshell, admitting that the first coupling is not going to go as they expected on the eighth series.

Exciting: The girls are seen sat round the infamous fire pit when host Laura Whitmore welcomes them to the ITV dating show, and does not shy away from asking the girls what their turn-ons and turn-offs are

Exciting: The girls are seen sat round the infamous fire pit when host Laura Whitmore welcomes them to the ITV dating show, and does not shy away from asking the girls what their turn-ons and turn-offs are

Entrance: Amber stunned in a skimpy black two-piece and a leopard-print cardigan as she entered the villa on the back of a Jeep

Entrance: Amber stunned in a skimpy black two-piece and a leopard-print cardigan as she entered the villa on the back of a Jeep

She reveals: ‘Well girls, it’s time to couple up. There is something I haven’t told you yet – things are a little different this year.

‘You thought you’d all be stepping forward for the boys you fancy the most. However, this is Love Island and you never know what to expect. 

‘For the first time ever, we asked the public to play cupid and pick the boy they thought you should couple up with.’

But Tasha doesn’t seem to apprehensive at the twist, saying: ‘I trust the public, I trust them.’

Wow! But as the contestants start to settle in to the Mallorca villa, Italian star Davide Sanclimenti makes his entrance as the first bombshell of the series and already began turning heads and ruffling feathers

Wow! But as the contestants start to settle in to the Mallorca villa, Italian star Davide Sanclimenti makes his entrance as the first bombshell of the series and already began turning heads and ruffling feathers

Pals: Paige and Indiyah share a warm embrace as they are among the first arrivals at the new Mallorca Love Island villa

Pals: Paige and Indiyah share a warm embrace as they are among the first arrivals at the new Mallorca Love Island villa 

Impressed: Speaking in the Beach Hut about Davide's arrival, Gemma gushes: 'I was blown away'

Impressed: Speaking in the Beach Hut about Davide’s arrival, Gemma gushes: ‘I was blown away’ 

The boys – Dami Hope, Liam Llewellyn, Ikenna Ekwonna, Andrew Le Page and Luca Bish – then make their entrance and begin to getting to know the girls.

But as the contestants start to settle in to the Mallorca villa, Italian star Davide Sanclimenti makes his entrance as the first bombshell of the series and already began turning heads and ruffling feathers.

Speaking in the Beach Hut about Davide’s arrival, Gemma gushes: ‘I was blown away.’

While Indiyah admits: ‘When I saw him, I was very confused because I had no warning but he is very good looking!’

And he appeared to catch the attention of Tasha too, as she says: ‘Straight away I was like, ‘Wow. Fit. Hot. Sexy. Hercules’.’

Shock: As the girls line-up in front of the pool for their male co-star's arrival, Laura drops a huge bombshell, admitting that the first coupling is not going to go as they expected on the eighth series

Shock: As the girls line-up in front of the pool for their male co-star’s arrival, Laura drops a huge bombshell, admitting that the first coupling is not going to go as they expected on the eighth series

What an entrance! Tasha appeared to be in excellent spirits as she made a sensational entrance to the villa

What an entrance! Tasha appeared to be in excellent spirits as she made a sensational entrance to the villa 

Drama-packed: As the girls got to know each other, the boys - Dami Hope, Liam (pictured) Llewellyn, Ikenna Ekwonna, Andrew Le Page and Luca Bish - made their entrance

Drama-packed: As the girls got to know each other, the boys - Dami Hope, Liam Llewellyn, Ikenna Ekwonna, Andrew Le Page (pictured) and Luca Bish - made their entrance

Drama-packed: As the girls got to know each other, the boys – Dami Hope, Liam (left) Llewellyn, Ikenna Ekwonna, Andrew Le Page (right) and Luca Bish – made their entrance 

Show: When quizzed on her turn-offs, Indiyah said: 'Bad, bad fashion sense'

Show: When quizzed on her turn-offs, Indiyah said: ‘Bad, bad fashion sense’

Paige admits: ‘I’m done. I’m ready to get married. I’m ready to have babies.’

Talking about the overwhelmingly positive reaction from the girls, Davide says: ‘When I walked into the Villa, I saw all the girls and I’m really impressed, I’m not going to lie.’

But Davide keeps the boys on their toes, as Luca admitted that he felt slightly nervous about his arrival when speaking in the Beach Hut. 

Popular: Indiyah (left, with Tasha) appeared interested in Davide, admitting: 'When I saw him, I was very confused because I had no warning but he is very good looking'

Popular: Indiyah (left, with Tasha) appeared interested in Davide, admitting: ‘When I saw him, I was very confused because I had no warning but he is very good looking’

Gorgeous: Tasha looked incredible in a strapless blue ensemble with daring cut outs

Stunning: Gemma looked sensational as she arrived in a coral two-piece

Stunning: Gemma looked sensational as she arrived in a coral two-piece while Tasha looked incredible in a strapless blue ensemble with daring cut outs 

Sexy: The much-anticipated first episode also saw the Islanders play a cheeky game of dares, with Davide having to do a 'strip tease'

Sexy: The much-anticipated first episode also saw the Islanders play a cheeky game of dares, with Davide having to do a ‘strip tease’

‘Davide! I was thinking I’m the good-looking Italian here and then you’ve sent that geezer through the door,’ he said.

The much-anticipated first episode also saw the Islanders play a cheeky game of dares, with Davide having to do a ‘strip tease’, before he receives a text which says he will have to couple up with the girl of his choice just 24 hours later, leaving one boy single. 

Elsewhere, pictures showed the swimwear-clad islanders gathered outside the lavish new villa on bean bags, seemingly enjoying a group chat to get to know one another. 

Sensational: Indiyah stunned in a white two-piece as she sat outside and socialised with her co-stars in the debut episode

Sensational: Indiyah stunned in a white two-piece as she sat outside and socialised with her co-stars in the debut episode 

Boys: Ikenna, who works in Pharmaceutical Sales, entered the villa

Hunk: Liam, a student from Newport in South Wales, entered the villa

Boys: Ikenna, who works in Pharmaceutical Sales, and Liam, a student from Newport in South Wales, both entered the villa

Serious: Admitting what she is looking for in the villa, Paige admits: 'I'm done. I'm ready to get married. I'm ready to have babies'

Serious: Admitting what she is looking for in the villa, Paige admits: ‘I’m done. I’m ready to get married. I’m ready to have babies’

New arrivals: Boys Luca and Dami were among the first boys to step into the villa and couple up with the girls

New arrivals: Boys Luca and Dami were among the first boys to step into the villa and couple up with the girls

New arrivals: Boys Luca and Dami were among the first boys to step into the villa and couple up with the girls 

They're in! Michael Owen's daughter Gemma has entered the Love Island villa, following the footballer saying her doing the show is 'a father's worst nightmare'

They’re in! Michael Owen’s daughter Gemma has entered the Love Island villa, following the footballer saying her doing the show is ‘a father’s worst nightmare’

After describing her appearance on the show as a ‘father’s worst nightmare’, it seems footballer Michael may want to cover his eyes as Gemma settles in to her new surroundings.

Some other contestants stood not far from the bean bag area, as they got to work on their tans under the scorching Spanish sun. 

They seemed to be utilising the grandeur new villa, which is the biggest yet – boasting an infinity pool, huge bedrooms, and panoramic views of Mallorca. 

Chit-chat: The Islanders have been spotted getting to know one another already, as they were snapped chatting on outside the villa

Chit-chat: The Islanders have been spotted getting to know one another already, as they were snapped chatting on outside the villa

Soaking up the sun: A group of the swimwear-clad islanders were gathered outside the lavish new villa on bean bags, seemingly enjoying a group chat to get to know one another

Soaking up the sun: A group of the swimwear-clad islanders were gathered outside the lavish new villa on bean bags, seemingly enjoying a group chat to get to know one another

Proud dad: Gemma has now entered the villa, after her striker dad Michael Owen described the show as 'a father's worst nightmare'

Proud dad: Gemma has now entered the villa, after her striker dad Michael Owen described the show as ‘a father’s worst nightmare’

Fans were given a sneak peak into the islanders first day in the villa ahead of the opening episode, with the girls snapped gathering around the famed firepit to hear what they have in store.

Gemma sported a high-waisted peach bikini with a criss-cross design for her entrance, as she was joined by Indiyah, Paige, Tasha and Amber around the firepit.

Meanwhile, Dami, Liam, Davide, Ikenna, Andrew and Luca all flashed dazzling smiles as they made ab-flashing, tattoo-baring entrances. 

Summer of love: Fans were given a sneak peak into the islanders first day in the villa ahead of the opening episode, with the girls snapped gathering around the famed firepit to hear what they have in store

Summer of love: Fans were given a sneak peak into the islanders first day in the villa ahead of the opening episode, with the girls snapped gathering around the famed firepit to hear what they have in store

Lavish: They seemed to be utilising the grandeur new villa, which is the biggest yet – boasting an infinity pool, huge bedrooms, and panoramic views of Mallorca

Lavish: They seemed to be utilising the grandeur new villa, which is the biggest yet – boasting an infinity pool, huge bedrooms, and panoramic views of Mallorca

Wow! With an emphasis is on size, the villa boasts bigger bedrooms, and more outdoor space, giving the 12 hopefuls lots of opportunity for romance to blossom

Wow! With an emphasis is on size, the villa boasts bigger bedrooms, and more outdoor space, giving the 12 hopefuls lots of opportunity for romance to blossom

New summer: Show producer Mike said: 'We decided we wanted to have a new summer. We have a new designer on board called Patrick Watson and we viewed quite a few villas and this one was by far the best

New summer: Show producer Mike said: ‘We decided we wanted to have a new summer. We have a new designer on board called Patrick Watson and we viewed quite a few villas and this one was by far the best

With an emphasis is on size, the villa boasts bigger bedrooms, and more outdoor space, giving the 12 hopefuls lots of opportunity for romance to blossom.

Show producer Mike said: ‘We decided we wanted to have a new summer. We have a new designer on board called Patrick Watson and we viewed quite a few villas and this one was by far the best.

‘We want the viewers to tune in and know it’s Love Island but with a glow up. We started construction two months’ ago and the villa still isn’t finished.’ 

Love Island starts tonight at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.

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? ‘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.’ 

Luca Bish

Luca Bish

Name: Luca Bish

Age: 23

Location: Brighton 

Occupation: Fishmonger

Who is their type on paper? ‘I prefer to meet girls out and about. I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it.

If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you out on a date but other than that, if we talk and I don’t like where it’s going – then I won’t be throwing out dates. 

 

 

 

 

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? ’22 is a really nice age to meet someone, you’ve got your years ahead of you so you have time to  grow together. 

Love Island is 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.’

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

Amber Beckford

Amber Beckford

Name: Amber Beckford

Age: 24

Location: London 

Occupation: Nanny

Who is their type on paper? ‘I don’t like guys that show off.

I don’t like flashy guys – just have a personality and make me laugh.

There was this one guy and he was trying to purposefully show off his car keys and we were literally in the middle of a restaurant!’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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