Meet the cast of Winter Love Island

Here are the rumoured singletons heading to South Africa for our first helping of Love Island this year…

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Love Island is back soon – far sooner than you might think.

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The ITV2 goliath has since confirmed that an additional series will be on at the start of the year, sending our singletons out to South Africa to crack on and couple up.

Casting to find the ideal set of islanders for the brand new winter version started almost immediately after Love Island series five finished – with those looking to beat the post-Christmas blues with a trip to South Africa having until November 30th to apply.

Looking to make your application stand out from the crowd? We asked a set of former Islanders on how to make it on the show.

Although you still have plenty of time to get your application in, rumours have already started swirling about who could be jetting out to South Africa for a Winter romance…

Who has been rumoured for Winter Love Island?

Charles Drury

Having reportedly been approached for Love Island series five, the model piqued producers interest once more after he was thought to have shared a brief dalliance with former glamour model Katie Price.

“He was approached last year but was seeing someone at the time – but now he’s single, producers called him up and asked him to re-audition for the show,” a source told The Sun.

“Nothing’s signed yet and he’s not even sure if he wants to do it but they’re keen to meet him. Katie will be furious when she finds out – he’d have girls falling over him, and he’s bound to talk about what dating Katie was like if he makes it into the villa.”

RadioTimes.com has contacted ITV for comment.

Jay Munro

The footballer-turned-model is reportedly being eyed by ITV producers from the brand new winter series.

Having previously been lined up for Love Island series five, Munro was thought to have been held so he could cause sparks to fly in the winter version of the show.

It wouldn’t be Munro’s first time on TV either, with the Glasgow-native having landed a job on the Australian version of The Voice earlier this year.

“Jay will be the one all the girls will be chasing. Like Tommy Fury, he’s a sportsman, in good shape and has dreamy looks,” a source told the Daily Star.

Ellis Iyayi

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Iyayi was the first rumoured Islander for our winter series – and the fitness instructor/model seems to be perfect Love Island fodder, having posed for ASOS, Nike and JD Sports.

The Leeds-native was reportedly head-hunted for the series, according to 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,” a source explained.

“Ellis is exactly what the show is looking for and he ticks all the boxes – he will make great television.”

However, Iyayi himself has seemingly rubbished the rumours, writing on his Instagram, “Working and just across this geeza apparently going on Love Island – this is all new to me, fake news guys, sorry to let you down.”

He added: “My Lord, who ever sold this fake s*** hope you’ve made your money.”

A spokesperson for Love Island declined to comment when approached by RadioTimes.com.

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Love Island returns to ITV 2 in January 2020