Ready to Mingle contestants: Meet Sophia and the 12 guys competing for love or money

Are they in it for love or money?

Ready to Mingle contestants

ITV’s newest dating show, Ready to Mingle, has kicked off.

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Hosted by Katherine Ryan, the show follows a single girl in her quest to find the perfect boyfriend, as 12 male suitors compete for her affections and the opportunity to share a £50,000 cash prize.

However, there’s a twist, as some of these guys are already in relationships with ladies, who aren’t too far away and are watching every move their boyfriend is making.

As the single girl, Sophia Maria aged 24, and boys take residence in a stunning house in Devon for three weeks, she will get to know each boy through activities, games and dates. She’ll eliminate a boy until one she feels is truly single remains.

As the show continues, let’s meet all the cast including Sophia herself, and the 12 guys competing for her love – some of whom are already in relationships.

Sophia Maria

Age: 24

From: Brighton and Hove

Instagram: @sophiaadus

Sophia said: “The day before, I’d called things off with a guy I’d been seeing for a few months, so it was weird timing. My housemate got me chocolates and flowers to cheer me up and then I got a message from ITV that evening and was like, ‘This is amazing’.”

John Okafor

John Okafor
Ready to Mingle contestant John Okafor
ITV

Age: 22

From: London, lives in Leeds

Job: Semi-professional rugby player and masters student

Instagram: @johnokafor__

John knows what he wants in a partner. When asked what he looks for, he had a very long list, saying: “Someone who is really sporty, she has to have a healthy lifestyle. She has to be fun and attractive – I like a girl with a nice bum. I’m a pretty easy-going guy, I don’t take things too seriously, I’m not an intense person, so someone to match my energy and enjoy life with would be cool. Hair colour doesn’t really bother me – I don’t like to box myself off from all the fruits of the world.”

Casey Sonnekus

Ready to Mingle contestant Casey Sonnekus
Ready to Mingle contestant Casey Sonnekus
ITV

Age: 22

From: South Africa, lives in Bridgend

Job: Railway worker

Instagram: @cas_sonnekus

“I’m incredibly loyal, but if it’s just about the sex, I’d just do me. I can’t help but get attention – I’m what you’d describe as confidence through the roof,” Casey said when asked to describe the type of boyfriend he is.

Louie Akinwale

Ready to Mingle contestant Louie Akinwale
Ready to Mingle contestant Louie Akinwale
ITV

Age: 27

From: Essex

Job: Model / handbag designer

Instagram: @louieakinwale

It’s all about the confidence when it comes to Louie’s ideal partner.

When asked what he looks for in a partner, he said: “Confidence and someone who carries themselves well. They have to be fashionable – I like someone who has their own sense of style and is a very bold character. They have to be outgoing and would also put me in my place when needed.”

Hakeem Amao

Hakeem Amao
Hakeem Amao
ITV

Age: 32

From: London

Job: Personal trainer

Instagram: @hakeem_tru.physique

Asked what he looks for in a partner, Akeem said ahead of his Ready to Mingle debut: “Someone adventurous and not scared to do fun and crazy things, such as deep-sea diving. I also like girls who are ambitious and super fit. Health and wellbeing is so key for me. Good lips are also a bonus.”

On the first episode, it was revealed that Hakeem is in fact in a relationship with Naomie.

Malcolm Modele

Malcolm Modele Ready to Mingle
Malcolm Modele
ITV

Age: 32

From: Gloucester, lives in London

Job: Actor and entrepreneur

Instagram: @malcolmmodele

When it comes to Malcolm’s physical type, he’s looking for: “Someone who looks after themselves and is into fitness – that’s a massive turn on for me.”

Rudi Senghore

Rudi Senghoe
Rudi Senghoe
ITV

Age: 27

From: St Albans, lives in Essex

Job: Carpenter

Instagram: @rudiseng_

“I rate myself really highly. I’m generous, selfless, most of the time and very supportive. I’ve got loads of love to give and I’m just an all- round good guy,” Rudi said.

Chris Baber

Ready to Mingle contestant Chris Baber
Ready to Mingle contestant Chris Baber
ITV

Age: 27

From: Newquay

Job: Electrical engineer

Instagram: @chris_baber

Asked what his ideal type is, Chris said: “I’m attracted to blondes. But I also look for the spark, that special connection and someone I can easily talk to.”

Louis Hart

Ready to Mingle star Louis Hart
Louis Hart
ITV

Age: 24

From: Newquay, lives in Devon

Job: Property developer

Instagram: @louishart__

“I’m trying not to expect anything. I liked the sound of the show because of the prize money. I’m a competitive person, I don’t like losing at all,” Louis said of Ready to Mingle.

Toby Bougouneau

Ready to Mingle Toby Bougouneau
Toby Bougouneau
ITV

Age: 24

From: Exeter, lives in Manchester

Job: Model

Instagram: @7toby

Toby describes himself as a “chilled” boyfriend, saying: “I’m chilled, just myself. I don’t take things too seriously. I like to be friends first and not have the stress of telling each other what to do. I hate it when people say, ‘You can’t go out.’ I’m very much my own person and still want to see my friends. I like to think I’m kind and patient, too.”

Elliott Miles

Ready to Mingle contestant Elliott Miles
Ready to Mingle contestant Elliott Miles
ITV

Age: 28

From: Hertfordshire

Job: Electrician

Instagram: @elliottmiles14

“Honesty, kindness” and “someone who makes me laugh and enjoys making memories” are the top qualities Elliott looks for in a potential partner.

Drew Wedlake

Drew Wedlake Ready to Mingle
Drew Wedlake
ITV

Age: 26

From: Bristol

Job: Professional boxer

Instagram: @dwedlake

“I thought the girl must be really fit if she’s going to have that many blokes fighting over her. And I’m really competitive so I want to win anything I get involved with. I was definitely interested in the cash prize, but it was more about winning the girl,” Drew said when asked why he decided to sign up for the show.

Lewis Croker

Ready to Mingle contestant Lewis Croker
Ready to Mingle contestant Lewis Croker
ITV

Age: 24

From: Somerset

Job: Firefighter

Instagram: @lewiscroker_

“Any girl can be beautiful, but it depends on what she’s like personality-wise and if we click. Having a good sense of humour is important, plus confidence,” Lewis said.

Ready to Mingle airs on ITV2. Check out what else is on with our TV Guide or visit our hub for more Entertainment news.