They say better late than never, but two tardy hunks might not get a warm reception after making a belated entrance in the Love Island villa, armed with the power to steal a girl of their choosing.
Professional boxer Tommy Fury and fleet-footed ballroom dancer Curtis Pritchard will ruffle feathers following their arrival in the remote Spanish villa on Monday evening, with their appearance jeopardizing its hastily formed status quo.
The warning signs come via the usual medium early on, with beauty therapist Amber Gill reading a cryptic text to the group.
‘Islanders, it’s time for the real games to begin,’ she announces. ‘Please welcome your new arrivals. #DoubleTrouble #BoxFresh #HotToFoxtrot.’
With the newly coupled Islanders processing the potential implications that come with two new arrivals, Tommy, 20, and Curtis, 23, make their entrance.
Their appearance means Joe Garratt, Anton Danyluk, Callum Macleod, Michael Griffiths and Sherif Lanre’s places are all under threat as the two boys consider which girls they want to couple up with.
Reflecting on the shock twist in the Beach Hut later that day, a stunned Michael admitted: ‘Nobody was expecting that, Like nobody at all.’
Meanwhile Lucie Donlan is already making waves in the Love Island villa, proving to be the most popular Islander with the boys.
As the girls Amber, Amy, Anna, Yewande and Lucie arrived and got to know one another, ahead of the show’s debut on Monday night, Caroline Flack arrived at the villa, and prepared to officiate this year’s first coupling up.
Gathering the girls around the iconic fire pit, Caroline asked the girls to describe their ideal boy. Lucie said: ‘Blonde! Longish hair… just hair, a lot of hair. Like me, he’s got to match me. Two lions together really.’
After Caroline asked Amber if she has a type, she said: ‘Looking at my past boyfriends, probably not. I would say tall, dark and handsome, that’s standard isn’t it?
‘Someone that goes to the gym and someone that makes us laugh. I think I want to go for looks now because I haven’t previously!’
On her immediate turn-off, Amy said: ‘Arrogance and a wandering eye. I want someone that is devoted to me as much as I am devoted to them.’
Love Island begins on Monday at 9pm on ITV2
LOVE ISLAND 2019: MEET THE CONTESTANTS Name: Curtis Pritchard Age: 23 Occupation: Latin and Ballroom Pro Location: Shropshire Claim To Fame: Curtis is a pro dancer on Dancing With The Stars in Ireland, and is the younger brother of Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard Thoughts On Dating: ‘I’ve probably been on less than ten dates, maybe five. I’ve never used a dating app. All of this meeting people on social media and apps is fake,’ he says Ever Cheated? ‘I have cheated before. I will always be loyal from now on’ Name: Anna Vakili Age: 28 Occupation: Pharmacist Location: London Claim To Fame: ‘I ended up on the Iranian News earlier this year when my sister and I were away in Qatar with two Iranian footballers who have a huge following. Suddenly my followers went up by 20,000 and I started being tagged in fan pages!’ she recalls Marks Out Of 10? ‘I would rate myself an eight. My best feature is my eyes, I get compliments on my eyes a lot. I wish I had a penny for every time I’ve had a compliment on my eyes’ Name: Yewande Biala Age: 23 Occupation: Scientist Location: Dublin, Ireland Thoughts On Love: Yewande says: ‘I don’t think there is a science to finding love and if there is then I have clearly been reading the wrong books’ Celebrity Crush: Anthony Joshua In It To Win It? ‘I am a terrible flirt but I’m such a girly girl and I can’t imagine stealing someone’s man in there. I don’t think I’d be that type but never say never,’ she says Name: Tommy Fury Age: 20 Occupation: Boxer Location: Manchester Looking For? ‘Blonde hair, blue eyes, good tan, gym girl… Ariana Grande. That girl is fire!’ Claim To Fame: ‘It’s probably my brother, Tyson, but I’m my own man and I’ve said it throughout my whole boxing career. I don’t want to be labelled as his little brother, I’m my own man and I’m doing the best that I can do in life and that’s all I’m setting out to achieve,’ Tommy says Name: Michael Griffiths Age: 27 Occupation: Firefighter Location: Liverpool Marks Out Of Ten? ‘I get complimented on my smile a lot. People seem to be obsessed with my lips. I’d rate myself ten out of ten, I would have said nine but I’m a hero so it bumps it up,’ is Michael’s modest answer Ever Cheated? ‘Once. It was a revenge cheat’ Name: Callum Macleod Age: 28 Occupation: Aircraft Engineer Location: South Wales Disastrous Dating Story: ‘I went to the cinema with a girl and she sat on a piece of chocolate that melted onto her leather trousers,’ Callum recalls. ‘She shot off to the toilet to clean them and didn’t come back for ages. I watched the majority of the film on my own. I later found her fretting in the toilets because she couldn’t get her trousers back on’ Name: Amber Gill Age: 21 Occupation: Beauty Therapist Location: Newcastle Disastrous Dating Story: ‘I was speaking to this guy and he lived in Manchester and I got the train down to see him,’ Amber recounts. ‘I was nervous because he was really good looking and a bit older than me. I had five Cosmopolitans in a can and I drank them on the train. When the train got to Manchester I got up and I was drunk! He was waiting for me at the train station and when I got off I fell through the gap between the train and platform. What an icebreaker though!’ Name: Amy Hart Age: 26 Occupation: Cabin Crew Location: Worthing, Sussex Celebrity Crushes: Liam Hemsworth, Ashley Banjo, David Walliams and Simon Cowell. ‘You’d never go there obviously but there is something about them,’ Amy says Claim To Fame: Amy once met Liam Payne and had a photo with him. When she posted it online she was bombarded with hate mail from One Directioners, who thought she was his new squeeze Name: Sherif Lanre Age: 20 Occupation: Chef and Semi-pro Rugby Player Location: London Worst traits: ‘Number one would be that I’m pretty outrageous, that can also translate to the bad side,’ Sherif says. ‘On top of that, I laugh at everything which sometimes gets me into trouble. I can’t really take anything seriously. My actual laugh, my hysterical laugh is pretty ugly’ Name: Anton Danyluk Age: 24 Occupation: Gym Owner Location: Airdrie, Scotland Worst Date: ‘I bought myself a Porsche when I was 21, as you do! I picked a girl up in that and she started taking pictures when she was in the car and sending it to her friends. It shouldn’t matter what I was driving whether that be a Corsa or a Porsche so I finished the date right there’ Name: Joe Garratt Age: 22 Occupation: Catering Company Owner Location: London Marks Out Of 10? ‘Today, I reckon about an 8.5! In the mornings I’m probably like a low 8. I consistently stay around the 8s to 9s in my opinion. Maybe some days I go past the 9, when it’s a really good day…. a suit day. My best feature is my chat. I’m cheeky and a bit of a charmer. Looks wise, I’d say my best features are my teeth or curly hair’ Name: Lucie Donlan Age: 21 Occupation: Surfer Location: Newquay Famous exes? ‘The last guy I was with was Charlie [Frederick] from last year’s Love Island. We got together a few weeks after he came out of the villa. I’ve spoken to Joey Essex on and off because I love his personality, it’s so funny. Lookswise I like Jay Alvarrez. He surfs, skydives and he’s got amazing hair. I would marry him!’