How Love Island’s secret formula for success gets us hooked every year – so, have you spotted it? | The Sun

NEVER mind about the Love Island stars having a type on paper – it seems the producers do too!

Eagle-eyed fans of the hit ITV2 dating show – which kicked off this week – have noticed a trend when it comes to the singletons who arrive in the villa.

Without fail, Love Island pays homage to its 'tribes' – from the cheeky chappie with the funny job, to the gorgeous girl with the famous dad.

This series is no different, with Luca Bish and Gemma Owen filling the shoes of predecessors Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer.

Here we reveal the Love Island casting trick that proves you really are seeing double every year…

The Cheeky Chappy with an odd job

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As he introduced himself “Luca Bish, who works with fish”, the Brighton fishmonger solidified himself as this season's resident Cheeky Chappie with the funny job.

We previously had stationery salesman Jack Fincham, who tried to woo Danny Dyer's daughter by telling her all about how he sold pens for a living.

Jack and Dani won the 2018 series – and Jack promptly quit his day job.

Last year we had Chuggs Wallis – real name OIiver – who strolled in halfway through the series boasting of his bucket hat business and explaining his nickname was a conflation of “cuddles and hugs”.

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Unfortunately, he lasted just 48 hours in the villa, so let’s hope Luca has better luck!

The girl with the famous dad

Love Island producers know that having someone with a well-known relative will get people talking, and ensure one of their cast has famous connections every year.

This year viewers have been eagerly awaiting the moment Gemma Owen drops in the fact she's the daughter of former England footballer Michael Owen.

In previous series, we’ve had EastEnders star Danny Dyer’s daughter Dani Dyer – who eventually won – and Belle Hassan, daughter of Tamer Hassan.

Meanwhile Tommy Fury and Curtis Pritchard both have famous brothers.

It's likely TV bosses are keen for these islanders make it to the end, so their famous family can pop into the villa in the final week.

The man-eater

Nothing causes more chaos in the villa than a bombshell who comes in, confessing they don't care about making friends and just want to get to know the men – the self-proclaimed man-eaters.

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu waltzed into the series this week, saying "I'm not here to make seasonal girlfriends" and flirting with every man in her sight.

In the past, that job has gone to Maura Higgins in the 2019 series and Megan Barton-Hanson the year before.

And, while they may not always be the most liked, all three immediately provided the drama the show needed!

The girl-next-door

As well as the self-proclaimed man-eaters, there are the sweet, innocent, down-to-earth girls who prove popular every year.

This year’s member of the Girl-Next-Door tribe is Paige Thorne, who had fans cringing when she innocently told Italian hunk Davide Sanclimenti show much she loves reading "mafia books".

In previous series we’ve had the loveable Amy Hart, who left Love Island heartbroken after Curtis Pritchard dumped her post-Casa Amor.

Last year saw Millie Court eventually win the show with Liam Reardon – but not before she too had her heart broken by him in Casa Amor, when he kissed Lillie Haynes behind her back.

The blonde bombshell 

You'd be hard-pressed to find a guy on Love Island who doesn't say his type is “blonde” – and producers always deliver.

This series features stunning model and dancer Tasha Ghouri – who’s already turning all the boys’ heads.

In the past they’ve had former Miss GB Zara Holland, and last year it was Liberty Poole.

And who could forget Molly-Mae Hague, who swooped in the villa and stole Tommy Fury from under Lucie Donlan's nose?

The one who makes stupid comments

It wouldn’t be Love Island without Joey Essex-style daft comments and catchphrases that viewers will be repeating all summer – and inevitably find their way onto a T-shirt.

This year the shoes have been filled by Liam Llewellyn, who introduced himself to viewers by claiming he thought Elton John was two people – “Elt and John” – for 20 years.

He also asked how raisins are turned into grapes: “Raisins and grapes, like… how are they the same thing? How do you dry the grape? Is it a hairdryer? It is it a towel? I don't know.”

Many fans compared him to last year’s Love Island runner-up Toby Aromolaran, who insisted you can “manifest your shoe size”.

Speaking to his fellow Islanders, he said: “I have a theory that the foot size is down the mental state. Yeah. I have a firm belief.

“When you was younger, I believe that if you wanted to be a size, you could dictate the size of your thought due to your thoughts.”

Chris Hughes – from series three – was another who came out with some dumb but loveable quotes – like saying the Spanish for tomato and garlic was “Tomato…e” and “Garlicio”.

The beefcake

There are some men who go into the Love Island villa that even straight men find it hard to resist.

This year’s is Italian stallion Davide Sanclimenti – who is so good-looking that he didn’t even feel the need to reveal his job, just announcing: “I’m Davide and I’m Italian" – and Luca's already got a man-crush on him.

Other memorable tall, dark and handsome hunks who were strategically welcomed into the villa to stir up trouble include Adam Collard from series four – who was 22 years old, but looked about 35.

And who can forget Alex Bowen, who managed to bed Zara Holland on his first night in the villa, causing her to lose her Miss GB crown.

Another season four beefcake was Jack Fowler, who hooked up with Laura Anderson and Laura Crane during his short time in the villa.

The Scientist

Ever since it began in 2015, Love Island has been criticised by snobs for dumbing down the nation. Many scoffed when it was revealed more people applied to be on the show than to Oxbridge universities.

So producers have made sure they prove the haters wrong by putting at least one scientist in the villa every year.

This series we’ve got Dami Hope, who’s a senior microbiologist.

In series five we had scientist Yewande Biala and pharmacist Anna Vakili, while nuclear systems design engineer Wes Nelson was a favourite in series four.

The estate agent 

When Andrew Le Page announced he was an estate agent, eyes rolled.

Although he’s been doing his selling out in Dubai, he's one in a long line of real estate agents to enter the villa.

Faye Winter was an estate agent in Devon before she was on the last series.

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And Tyler Cruickshack – also from the last series – had the same job back in his hometown of Croydon.

In 2020 it was Southampton estate agent George Day – part of the Casa Amor line-up – while 2019's resident saleswoman was Harley Brash.

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