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Inside the new £2.57m Love Island villa ahead of show’s return
In just a few short hours, 11 contestants will head into the Love Island villa hoping to find love – and possibly £50,000.
The hit ITV2 dating show will return to our screens tonight and will run for between six and eight weeks, dominating summer evenings.
This year’s contestants include Michael Owen’s daughter Gemma, fishmonger Luca Bish, and Love Island’s first ever deaf contestant in dancer Tasha Ghouri.
The young hopefuls in the eight series of the show will be spending their summers in a brand new villa back on the island of Majorca.
Reportedly worth £2.57m, the new villa features a bigger bedroom, outdoor kitchen, and 20m swimming pool.
There are all the familiar Love Island fixtures too, like the fire pit, which will undoubtedly host the hottest drama of the season.
There are several seating areas and day beds dotted around for the Islanders to gossip on, and a new outdoor gym area kitted out with dumbbells and pull-up bars.
New sun loungers which are partly submerged in the water have been installed in the pool.
This year, all the beds in the bedroom face one another, rather than being in one long row.
The dressing room has also been given an upgrade and appears to be much larger than in previous seasons.
One concern for producers this year is a herd of ostriches who have apparently set up camp next to the villa.
The birds can run up to 45mph and can deliver a potentially lethal kick, so contestants will be warned to keep their distance.
That’s not the drama any of them signed up for.
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