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In 2020 we get a double dose of Love Island, with the contestants about to get grafting.

The hit ITV2 show kicks off once again on Sunday night for its first ever winter show, announced last year following huge ratings for the channel over the past few series.

So as Love Island fans get ready and the contestants start to couple up, here are some of the hopefuls to look out for and the key details you need to know.

Love Island winter 2020 contestants, twins Jess and Eve Gale. Pic: ITV
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Sisters Jess and Eve Gale are the first twins to start as main Love Island contestants. Pic: ITV

While Love Island has seen twins before (remember John and Tony Alberti?), they didn’t enter the villa until after the first episode. And they didn’t last long.

This time round, look out for sisters Jess and Eve Gale, 20, and their promise to cause double trouble.

The students and VIP hostesses both name boxer Anthony Joshua as their celebrity crush, but say they wouldn’t fight over a man.

“We’ve got so much respect for each other we’re not going to argue over a boy!” says Jess.

Love Island contestant Paige Turley. Pic: ITV
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Someone You Loved? Paige Turley is Lewis Capaldi’s ex. Pic: ITV

What’s a sure-fire way to get noticed on a show where everyone is fighting to get noticed? Name a famous ex.

In 22-year-old Paige Turley’s case, she can namedrop one of the biggest-selling artists of 2019.

“Lewis Capaldi is my ex-boyfriend,” she says. “We went out when we were younger, I was about 17 or 18. We were together for about a year. It ended really amicably and we’re still pals.”

Known for his comedic value on social media, let’s hope the star is tuning in to vote.

Love Island winter 2020 contestant Sophie Piper. Pic: ITV
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Sophie Piper is singer Rochelle Humes’s younger sister. Pic: ITV

If this face looks familiar, it’s because 21-year-old medical PA Sophie Piper is the spitting image of her big sister, The Saturdays star and TV presenter Rochelle Humes (who was also one of the stars rumoured to be in the running for hosting the show).

She’s also named Anthony Joshua as her celebrity crush, so she could have a fight on her hands should, you know, the sportsman decide on a stint in the villa.

Rochelle has wished her sister luck, commenting on her Instagram post: “Good luck baby sis. Bring us back a keeper.”

Love Island winter 2020 contestant Ollie Williams. Pic: ITV
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Love Island winter 2020 contestant Ollie Williams. Pic: ITV

Ollie Williams, 23, is heir to the Lanhydrock estate in Cornwall. His father is Lord of the Manor of Lanhydrock, and the family title is Viscount Clifden.

Why should you look out for him? Because he says this is his best chat up line: “Do you know Polzeath beach in Cornwall? I own it.”

He’s also one of those people who lists his worst habit as “being a perfectionist”.

Love Island winter series 2020. Pic: ITV PLC
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The 2020 series sees contestants in a new villa in South Africa. Pic: ITV PLC

Series six of Love Island is the first ever winter series and is set in a new villa in Cape Town, South Africa, with the islanders still competing to couple up, win the hearts of viewers and a share of £50,000. Plus huge exposure and lots of Instagram post deals, obviously.

The usual trip to Majorca will still take place in the summer as usual, but ITV have introduced the love for the winter months after a record-breaking six million-plus people watched the show during its peak in 2019.

Paul Mortimer, head of digital channels and acquisitions at ITV said at the time: “Off the back of a record-breaking year, we’re delighted to be bringing an extra series of our biggest and sunniest show to the 2020 schedule.

“Love Island has proven yet again to be the perfect format that engages younger audiences.

“In response to this viewer appetite, a new batch of young singletons will deliver some highly anticipated post-Christmas romance and drama from our new and luxurious location.”

Caroline Flack
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Caroline Flack stepped down from presenting the series just before Christmas

Laura Whitmore takes over hosting duties from her friend Caroline Flack, who had been at the helm since the series relaunched in 2015 but stepped down from the winter show in December after being charged with assault. Flack has pleaded not guilty and is due to stand trial in March.

Whitmore, who is in a relationship with Love Island’s voiceover Iain Stirling, has already revealed there could be a “bombshell” twist ahead of the series starting.

“Normally I’m sitting on my sofa watching it, which I’ll still be doing when I’m not out in South Africa, but I’m so glad to be a part of it too,” she has said of her appointment.

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Stirling shared the news on his Instagram page with a joke, writing: “The new #loveisland host seems nice. I wonder if she’s single…”

Following the announcement of Whitmore as presenter, Flack posted on Instagram: “I’m glad it’s Laura. She loves the show as much as I do.”

ITV has said Flack is “standing down for this series” and it is understood the channel has left the door open for a possible return in the future.

Love Island starts on Sunday 12 January at 9pm on ITV2.



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