Laura Whitmore has offered her advice to this year’s Love Island contestants.
The Irish presenter began hosting the dating show in January last year for its’ first ever winter edition, which took place in South Africa.
The show was cancelled last summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it is returning to our screens on June 28 from its’ usual location of Mallorca.
Speaking ahead of the series return, Laura said: “I am so excited to be back hosting.”
“It’s been a year where I think we all need a bit more love and fun in our lives and I think everyone is ready for Love Island to be back – myself included.”
“I’m really excited about seeing the Villa. I’ve never seen the Villa in Mallorca so I’ll probably be there a little bit fangirling at the Villa. It’s almost like a person to me. So I need to remember that I’m there doing a job, not just a fangirl.”
“I haven’t met any of the Islanders yet but I’ve heard from the people behind the scenes that they are an incredible cast – it’s really exciting.”
“I’ve never worked a summer Love Island, so I’d normally be watching it on the telly. I really missed watching it. I couldn’t watch the news anymore,” she admitted.
“I needed something that was a bit more fun – I think everyone’s the same. Having the break from it has made people appreciate it more.”
Describing her perfect Islander, the 36-year-old said: “The perfect Islander, for me, is someone funny. Someone who stirs it up a little bit. You want characters, big personalities in there. Someone who goes for it.”
Offering her advice for this year’s lineup, Laura added: “The only thing I can say is be yourself.”
“Eight weeks is a long time, if you try and play a game or try to be something you’re not, you’re going to get found out quite quickly. From watching the show, I would just say be yourself if you want to be in there for the long run.”
Check out this year’s confirmed contestants here.