It's the time we've all been waiting for – Love Island is back and this summer season is already off to an explosive start.


Over the course of eight weeks, it's set to be another stormy road to love as an all-new group of singletons enter the Love Island villa. Each islander is of course looking for the love of their lives – but also, a share of that substantial cash prize, naturally.

For fans of the series, summer is often marked by the annual return of the reality series, with the June edition often reigning supreme over the winter version for many viewers.

Love Island host Maya Jama returns once again to oversee the proceedings, having won over viewers in her series debut at the start of the year. The new series kicks off tonight (Monday 5th June) with Maya making her entrance alongside the first five islanders who will enter the villa in a new format twist for the series. The results of the public vote will also be revealed, begging the question of who will be coupled up with who?

But who is looking for love this time round? Among the hopeful romantics are semi-pro footballer Tyrique Hyde, social media star Molly Marsh, beautician Ruchee Gurung and Dudley-based business owner André Furtado, among others.

The initial couples were chosen by a public vote, but things soon got mixed up as new bombshell Zachariah Noble arrived in the villa.

Read on to find out more about the confirmed contestants for Love Island season 10, including new boy Zachariah.

Love Island summer 2023 line-up

Read more about the confirmed contestants below.

Zachariah Noble

Love Island 2023 contestant Zachariah Noble
Love Island 2023 contestant Zachariah Noble ITV

Age: 25

Job: Personal trainer and basketball player

Instagram: @zachariah_noble97
The south east London PT and basketball player is the first bombshell of the season and entered to many a shocked face after the surprise game of dares that Maya Jama introduced. Talking about why now's the right time to enter the Love Island villa, Zachariah says: "Being 25, I’m at a crossroads where I’ve been having fun, but I also want to have the peace and harmony that comes from being with the right woman."

For Zachariah, the most important things he looks for in a partner are "that someone is genuine and they also have good banter". Will he find that in the villa?

As for what he doesn't like in a prospective girlfriend, Zachariah says his icks are "both really stupid", stating: "Bad handwriting - I’ve got terrible handwriting so they’d need to have better handwriting than me and twerking, I really don’t like twerking!"

Ruchee Gurung

Love Island season 10's Ruchee in a blue bikini
Love Island season 10: Ruchee Gurung. ITV

Age: 24

Job: Beautician

Instagram: @rucheewawo

Ruchee is joining this year's summer line-up in a bid to find love and admits, "I’m a relationship kind of girl, but so far it’s not worked out for me. So I’m looking forward to hopefully finding the right person in the villa."

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She describes herself as "really loyal" and loves "doing nice things for the people that are special to me". She says that her main ick are "guys with no ambition" but that she also gets it from a lack of fashion sense.

She says: "I also get the ick if I see a guy wearing white jeans and red trainers. Another one is super skinny jeans when they look like leggings. Fashion is such an important thing for me. If I go on a date and the guy isn’t wearing something I like, I’m going home."

Tyrique Hyde

Love Island season 10's Tyrique in black shorts
Love Island season 10: Tyrique Hyde. ITV/Lifted Entertainment

Age: 24

Job: Semi-professional footballer

Instagram: @tyriquehyde

One of the most well-known contestants of this year's line-up is Essex-based Hyde, who is a semi-professional football player and son of coach and former professional footballer Micah Hyde. His other claim to fame is being one of the best friends of season 7 Love Islander Toby Aromolaran – the pair grew up together and were in the same class at school.

In terms of what Tyrique is looking for in the villa this year, he remains tight-lipped but does admit that he's "not afraid to go after what I want" and that he doesn't sit on the fence. On what he'll bring to Love Island, the 24-year-old says: "I’ll bring vibes, confidence, good energy and honesty."

Molly Marsh

Love Island season 10's Molly Marsh in a pink bikini
Love Island season 10: Molly Marsh. ITV/Lifted Entertainment

Age: 24

Job: Musical theatre performer and social media creator

Instagram: @mollygracemarsh

Move over Gemma Owen - a new celebrity offspring is about to make their villa debut!

Molly Marsh is the daughter of Coronation Street actress Janet Marsh - but the 24-year-old is also a star in her own right, performing in pantos across the country. Molly was reportedly scouted for the show “after visiting the villa in South Africa earlier this year”.

“She was on the tour as an invited guest when she caught the eyes of producers,” a source told The Sun. Molly made it clear she would love to be a part of Love Island, and she was told to audition. “After going through the process, she’s now a shoo-in to fly to Mallorca later this month.”

Speaking about why she wants to head to the villa to find love, she admits: "I don’t go out and party and I don’t use dating apps, I’m actually quite old-fashioned, so there’s no better way to meet someone than by going into a villa in the sun with the potential ‘one’ in there."

George Fensom

Love Island season 10's George Fensom in pink shorts
Love Island season 10: George Fensom. ITV/Lifted Entertainment

Age: 24

Job: Business development executive

Bedford-based George admits that one of the most important things to him in a partner is drive, saying: "I want them to be passionate about something, whether it’s a job or enjoying trips to the zoo on Saturdays."

He also admits: "I prefer a girl who is naturally good-looking, and someone who has even more banter than me – although I don’t believe that’s physically possible. I think those three qualities make for a perfect mix in a partner."

He's also the friend that's "always dancing and always the one who wants to go out" and says he's going to "bring dad jokes and dad dancing to the villa".

Catherine Agbaje

Love Island season 10's Catherine Agbaje in an orange bikini
Love Island season 10: Catherine Agbaje. ITV/Lifted Entertainment

Age: 22

Job: Commercial real estate agent

Instagram: @catherine_agbaje

Self-confessed "always smiling, always happy" islander, Catherine is a fun-chasing character with "so much love to give". Although many people think her teeth are veneers, she says that something not many people know about her is the fact that they are actually real and she had braces when she was younger.

Her other lesser-known truth is the fact that she has two degrees and she says: "I have my undergrad and my master's in Psychology and Sociology and Real Estate."

Mehdi Edno

Love Island season 10's Medhi Edno in blue-and-white shorts
Love Island season 10: Medhi Edno. ITV/Lifted Entertainment

Age: 26

Job: Communications manager

Instagram: @mehdiedno

Splitting his time between Bordeaux and London, Medhi has been rumoured to be the next Davide Sanclimenti in the villa, charming Islanders with French and expecting to cause a stir as the "tall, dark and handsome" type that so many Islanders are usually after.

Although he's been busy for the last few years with work and doing his master's degree, Medhi admits that he's now ready to find love and says that "looks are important but they aren’t everything". He's also looking for "a good sense of humour and someone who is outgoing and up for an adventure".

Ella Thomas

Love Island season 10's Ella Thomas in a black bikini
Love Island season 10: Ella Thomas. ITV/Lifted Entertainment

Age: 23

Job: Model

Instagram: @ellathomas_

Award-winning model, Ella, is set to bring confidence and glamour to the villa this year and admits: "I'm the whole package, I know what I want in life and I’ve got a big heart."

Aside from modelling, the 23-year-old has also appeared in a music video for Headie One and Burna Boy, as well as being an extra in World War Z. She said: "I was 12 years old when I filmed it and got to meet Brad Pitt which was cool."

In terms of what she wants her new fellow Islanders to know about her, she says: "I’d let the boys know that I’m wifey material so don’t play with me!"

Mitchel Taylor

Love Island season 10's Mitchel Taylor in blue shorts
Love Island season 10: Mitchel Taylor. ITV/Lifted Entertainment

Age: 26

Job: Gas engineer

Instagram: @mitcheltaylor_

This Sheffield-based gas engineer states that he "thrives on being a gentleman". Looking for love in the villa, he told ITV: "I’ll shower you with flowers, I’ll take you on dates, I’ll fill your bedside drawer with your favourite sweets and chocolate. I’ve been single, I’ve had my fun and now I want to settle down."

In terms of why he's single, though? Mitchel admits that he's "really picky" and is heading to Love Island in order to look for the one. He says: "I’ve got to find the girl that I want to marry and have kids with. I’m nearly 27, I don’t want to play the field anymore, I want to find the one."

Jess Harding

Jess Harding in a pink bikini
Love Island season 10: Jess Harding. ITV

Age: 22

Job: Aesthetics practitioner

Instagram: @jesshardingox

The London-born aesthetics practitioner says that she has a "heart of gold" - but won't hesitate to stand up for herself if she needs to. As for why she's single right now, she admits: "Because every boy is giving me the ick at the moment. I feel like it’s fate because I’m saving myself for Mr Right in the Villa!"

So what do the boys in the villa need to be careful of to not give Jess the ick? "When a guy stunts for money, that’s an ick. Showing off all their designer clothes because most of the time they’re probably fake anyway! Another one is when a boy runs for the train and the train goes without him. Lunch boxes also - just go to Tesco and get a meal deal!"

André Furtado

André Furtado in black shorts
Love Island season 10: Andre Furtado. ITV

Age: 21

Job: Business owner

Instagram: @dre.furtado

Business owner André is one of the youngest singletons entering the villa this season. But that doesn't mean he isn't bringing the confidence, saying: "I’m charming, I’m going to bring good looks and some language lessons. I’m going to teach the other Islanders Portuguese, Spanish and a little bit of Creole. I think I’ve got every slice of the pie."

As for how quickly he falls in love, he added: "I would say I fall too quickly, to be honest. When I look at beautiful ladies, before I’ve said hello to them I’ve already fallen in love. I’m already planning the wedding."

Love Island returns to ITV2 and ITVX on Monday 5th June 2023 at 9pm. You can watch all previous seasons of Love Island on BritBox – you can sign up for a 7-day free trial.

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