Love Island 2022 cast revealed – Sexy paramedic Paige Thorne and hunky scientist Dami Thomas are 1st confirmed names

LOVE Island is back with a bang this year as contestants for the eighth series are being revealed today.

The new Love Island villa will open its doors to a host of sexy singletons looking for love and fame on Monday, June 6.

This morning sexy paramedic Paige Thorne, 24, from Swansea became the first person to be officially confirmed for the villa this year with more names coming over the course of the day.

And 30 minutes later 26-year-old Dubliner Dami Thomas was revealed, with the hunky scientist saying he worries his hopes for finding love on the show this year "may not go well".

Airing on ITV2, the first episode of Love Island 2022 will be a bumper one, starting at 9pm on June 6 and airing until 10:35pm.

Head honcho Mike Spencer confirmed the class of 2022 has been finalised after a "very robust" selection process – and they are “brilliant”.

Read our Love Island blog below for the latest news, gossip and updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    They're just rumours…

    In just one weeks’ time a brand new villa will open its doors to a host of sexy singletons looking for love and fame.

    The Sun has already revealed a number of names in the running and there have been plenty more rumoured to be jetting to Spain.

    We shared last month that stunning beautician Sophie Draper, 22, has been in talks for the show.

    She previously dated  Aston Villa right-back Matty Cash for four years prior to their sudden split last year and is now looking for love.

    England football hero Michael Owen’s daughter Gemma is also in talks to appear on Love Island.

    The full line-up will be confirmed by ITV today.

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    Dami Hope on what he has to offer

    Asked what he has to offer a girl, he added: "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.

    "If they had something they wanted to do or something they were passionate about, I’d make sure that even if it’s something I’m not talented at I’d get talented at it just so it helps them.

    "I’m really good at being in a team and actually looking after each other."

    It comes after ITV revealed sexy paramedic Paige Thorne as the first name to enter the Spanish villa next week.

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    BREAKING: Love Island’s first boy revealed

    LOVE Island's first boy has been revealed as hunky scientist Dami Hope.

    The 26-year-old, from Dublin, is hoping to find love in the Spanish villa, but worries "it might not go well".

    Asked what he'll bring to the show, he said: "Just myself – Dami Hope!

    "Being me – funny and my personality. I don’t know if I will cause trouble, I’ll try not to cause trouble but sometimes you don’t intentionally cause trouble – but it happens!"

    Dami said his star sign is Aries and his co-stars may get to see his fiery side.

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    Love Island 2022 will be longest EVER series

    LOVE Island 2022 is set to be the longest EVER series of the hit ITV2 dating show as contestants have to block out their entire summer.

    The prospective singletons have to be available for a huge TEN weeks through the year in order to qualify for their spot on the programme.

    Last summer, the Love Island stars had to make sure they could be available for a whopping eight weeks of their summer to take part in the show.

    Now, ITV2 look to have decided to make the series even longer by requesting that anyone who signs up can be around for a fortnight longer.

    The terms and conditions of the sign-up form on the ITV2 website list that candidates must be able to make themselves available for the full amount of time

    Eligibility requirements for the show state: "You must be exclusively available to participate in the programme for a minimum of ten consecutive weeks.”

    Other conditions list that participants must be at least 18 years old, and cannot be directly related to anyone who works behind-the-scenes on the show.

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    Who is hosting Love Island 2022?

    Host Laura Whitmore is back to present the new series, after signing a £500,000 deal.

    Insiders told The Sun of her mega-money contract: There has been lots of speculation that Laura might be stepping down, or that other presenters were being lined up for the role.

    “Laura and show executives always hoped she would re-sign — it was just a case of making sure timings worked.

    “She is excited to be going back to the villa and seeing what dramas unfold.”

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    When does Love Island start?

    The Sun exclusively revealed Love Island will kick off on Monday June 6, 2022.

    This has been confirmed by ITV, with the launch show starting at 9pm on ITV2.

    After this, Love Island will air every night at the same time.

    The only episode which will be different is Saturday, which is always a highlights show.

    An insider told us: “Love Island is coming back with a bang and it will begin on the second full week in June.

    “The schedules are being put together now and fans can expect a long, hot summer of fun from the villa from June 6.

    “Filming for the promotional adverts is beginning in the next couple of weeks and the ads will start in May.

    “This series is going to be the longest ever and it’s from a brand new location so it’s all very exciting.”

    A spokesman for Love Island said: “It is too early to confirm scheduling for the 2022 series.”Love Island, which first started in June 2015, is still a massive hit and is the most popular show for 16 to 34-year-olds.

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    Striving to be 'diverse and representative on the show' this year

    Show producer Mike Spencer took part in a Q&A where he was pummelled with suggestions on how to improve the ITV2 show.

    One person wanted to know whether the line-up this year would be more diverse, and another begged him to ditch gross food challenges where the Islanders spit food into each other's mouths.

    Mike replied: "We are always striving to be more diverse and representative on the show, and try to cast the net far and wide during the casting process.

    "Our application and casting process is inclusive to all, and we are always aiming to reflect the age and diversity of our audience on the show.

    "Agreed on the food challenges we will be stepping away from them slightly.

    "The most important factor is that our applicants are single and looking for love. We aim to make the best show we can knowing we won’t please everyone but I take on board all of your points."

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    'Very robust' selection process for this year

    In 2020 Love Island cast its first physically disabled contestant Hugo Hammond.

    Meanwhile, show producer Mike Spencer has confirmed the class of 2022 has been finalised after a "very robust" selection process with diversity being key.

    Asked about the latest crop of attractive reality TV newbies, Love Island's head honcho said: "Yes I have met the cast of 2022.

    "They are brilliant and I think we have an exciting year on our hands. I can’t wait to see them in the villa now and all be revealed VERY soon!"

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    Harsher rules this year

    ITV said ahead of the 2022 series of Love Island: "Ahead of this series, contributors on the show will be offered video training and guidance covering inclusive language around disability, sexuality, race and ethnicity, behaviours and microaggressions.

    "The inclusion training, which Islanders are offered prior to entering the Villa, consists of conversations chaired by BCOMS (Black Collective of Media in Sport) founder Leon Mann MBE and including DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) consultant Hayley Bennett, disability specialist Shani Dhanda and broadcaster Sean Fletcher.

    "These discussions will tackle topics including inclusive language, behaviour, creating safe spaces and being a good ally."

    It comes as 2019 Islander Sherif Lane was booted from the villa after accidentally kicking fellow Islander Molly-Mae Hague in the groin and calling it a "c*** punch".

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    Paige Thorne on joining Love Island

    LOVE Island's first contestant has been announced as stunning paramedic Paige Thorne.

    On joining the show, she said: "In Swansea there is just no-one I can find, I’ve tried and there’s just nobody there anymore. I need to break out and broaden my horizons and Love Island just brings everyone together for me. I haven't got to go out and I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!"

    On what she's looking for in a partner, she said: "Just positive energy, lots of bubbly energy. I am a good cook and I’m quite mumsy so I’ll look after anyone that needs looking after. If I had to pick a signature dish, it would probably be a Sunday dinner. My roasties are up there, I think Gordon Ramsay would be impressed – I think he would be like ‘9/10 or 10/10’.

    Having been single for a while now, Paige is ready to have someone to share her life with.

    "I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with guys so was like, 'Right, that's it. I’m going to focus on me,'" she said.

    "Then I was like, 'Ok, I’m bored now, I’m lonely and I miss love and the connection and everything else.' I’ve been on a few dates but I just haven’t clicked with anyone."

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    BREAKING: Love Island’s first name revealed 

    LOVE Island has announced its first singleton of the 2022 series is stunning paramedic Paige Thorne.

    The 24-year-old, from Swansea, is desperate to find Mr Right and is hoping he'll be waiting for her in the villa.

    The keen cook said she has "mumsy energy" and wants a positive man she can serve her roast potatoes too.

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