Meet the stars of Love Island Australia 2022

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The first Love Islander Australia contestants have been unveiled with just two weeks to go until the 2022 series kicks off. 

A stunning medical secretary, a professional dancer and a Bondi-based fashion student are among the six gorgeous female contestants set to find romance in the Spanish villa.

Among the seven boys jetting off to Mallorca is a semi-professional footballer and self-confessed ‘mummy’s boy’ as well as a 22-year-old TikTok rapper and a pool boy.

22-year-old student Phoebe Spiller is set to appear on Love Island

Dancer Layla John is set to appear on the show

The first Love Islander Australia contestants have been unveiled with just two weeks to go until the 2022 series kicks off. Pictured are contestants Phoebe Spiller (left) and dancer Layla John (right)

Among the many beauties to appear on the show is Claudia Bonifazio (pictured), a stunning medical secretary

Among the many beauties to appear on the show is Claudia Bonifazio (pictured), a stunning medical secretary

For the first time, the series will only be airing on 9Now – Nine’s online streaming service – with new episodes dropping daily from Monday to Thursday.

The show will start on Monday, October 31, with fan favourite Sophie Monk back to host.  

Eoghan McDermott is back as the narrator, who previously joined the show for season two.  

Sophie, 42, said she ‘can’t wait’ for Australia to meet the ‘amazing’ new cast.

Jordan is Love Island's first contestant with a mullet

Semi-professional soccer player Austen Bugeja is entering the villa

For the first time, the series will only be airing on 9Now – Nine’s online streaming service – with new episodes dropping daily from Monday to Thursday. Among the boys is Jordan, Love Island’s first contestant with a mullet (left) and semi-professional soccer player Austen Bugeja (right)

Real estate agent Conor will also be jetting off to Spain and is sure to impress the ladies

Real estate agent Conor will also be jetting off to Spain and is sure to impress the ladies

Speaking to 9now, she added:  ‘The twists and turns this year are on another level, outrageous but in a good way. 

‘I love being back in Mallorca, it just feels like Love Island for me. It’s going to be an amazing series that no one will be able to keep their eyes off,’ she added.

The upcoming season of Love Island Australia has already been branded ‘fake’ as it’s emerged contestants have already filmed the finale.

The hit reality show has been recorded with three alternative endings and different winners. 

Sophie Monk shows off her sensational figure in a new trailer for Love Island Australia

Sophie Monk shows off her sensational figure in a new trailer for Love Island Australia

Love Island Australia has been accused of'being fake' before even hitting screens as it's emerged contestants have already filmed the finale. Al Perkins, an Islander this year, is pictured

Love Island Australia has been accused of ‘being fake’ before even hitting screens as it’s emerged contestants have already filmed the finale. Al Perkins, an Islander this year, is pictured

Only one will be shown on TV, meaning finalists won’t know if they’ve won until they sit down to watch the show with the rest of Australia

Even sources inside the show have said it may not sit well with audiences as it ‘takes away the integrity as the cast are acting and the reactions are not genuine’. 

Previous seasons of Love Island Australia have been filmed and then edited within 24 hours, followed by a live finale where viewers vote for the winner.

There has also been public votes throughout the series.

This has led fans to complain winner reactions will be fake, because the contestants won't know if they've won until the show airs. Host Sophie Monk is pictured

This has led fans to complain winner reactions will be fake, because the contestants won’t know if they’ve won until the show airs. Host Sophie Monk is pictured

Security guard and Tiktok rapper Tak (pictured) is also entering the villa

Perth based mental health worker Andre is also heading to Love Island

Security guard and Tiktok rapper Tak (left) is also entering the villa as well as Mental Health Support Worker Andre (right)

The source said the fake endings will ‘prevent spoilers’ and ‘allow the fans to have some say in the show and vote for their winner’.

Despite being new to Love Island, filming multiple endings isn’t unusual for reality TV, with shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Voice Australia, My Kitchen Rules and MasterChef following this route.

Love Island Australia will return to Mallorca, Spain, where the popular British series is also filmed, after the 2021 season moved to Byron Bay due to Covid lockdown restrictions.

Personal trainer and pool boy Callum is sure to break hearts in the villa

Personal trainer Mitchell will certainly keep the ladies on their toes

Personal trainer and pool boy Callum (right)  is sure to break hearts in the villa alongside fellow personal trainer Mitchell

Girl next door Stella is sure to be a hit with viewers thanks to her stunning looks and bubbly personality

Girl next door Stella is sure to be a hit with viewers thanks to her stunning looks and bubbly personality 

Season two in 2020 was filmed in Fiji.

The first announcement of contestants didn’t include Al Perkins – who has all but be confirmed to appear on the show.

This suggests the former MAFS star may be set to appear on the show as a bombshell.

Sophie all but confirmed that Married At First Sight star Al Perkins will appear on the upcoming season of Love Island.

British-born beauty Holly will certainly win over the boys thanks to her stunning looks

British-born beauty Holly will certainly win over the boys thanks to her stunning looks

Speaking at Nine’s 2023 upfronts presentation earlier this month, she revealed this year’s season will feature a bevy of hot contestants – including a familiar face.

‘We have high-flying real estate agents, we have a soccer player, we have a model, a dancer and we have a famous groom,’ she said.

In May, Al told Daily Mail Australia he had quit his job as a carpenter to make it as a full-time influencer after becoming a fan favourite on the Channel Nine dating show. 

The 26-year-old from Bondi was offered a one-off four-figure sum to appear on Love Island.

According to a well-placed source, while Al was happy to do the show for free, his management was able to secure him an appearance fee.

Love Island contestants are paid additional fees for TV or radio commercials, in-store or event appearances, print advertising, digital blog posts and digital advertising.

In-store or event appearances have a daily rate of $1,000 plus travel expenses.

Meet the stars of Love Island Australia 2022 

THE GIRLS

Name: Claudia Bonifazio

Age: 23

Occupation: Medical secretary

Location: Adelaide, SA

The gorgeous medical secretary is described in her Nine bio as ‘the ultimate pocket rocket’.

She is certainly set to ruffle feathers in the villa, with her ‘no nonsense’ approach.

As well as her job as a medical secretary she also acts, with her admitting drama often follows her.

   

Name: Jessica Losurdo

Age: 26

Occupation: Bank worker

Location: Sydney, NSW

Proud gamer Jessica is of Italian and Filipino heritage and is described as hilariously funny and not afraid to speak her mind.

The Western Sydney beauty still lives with her family.

 

Name: Phoebe Spiller

Age: 22

Occupation: Fashion Student

Location: Sydney, NSW

This country-born beauty has ditched her farmland upbringing for Bondi, where she spends her days relaxing on the beach.

The gorgeous student works part time in a Bondi boutique while studying fashion, with dreams to one day become a stylist.

She’s dated lots of AFL players in the past and says Sydney footballers are better than those in Melbourne.

Name: Holly Oakes-Ferguson

Age: 25

Occupation: Customer service 

Location: Brisbane, QLD

Holly describes herself as ‘loud, confident and funny’.

And she’ll certainly get the boys attention admitting she loves to have all eyes on her. Holly says she’s a ‘boys girl’ and has mostly male friends.

The British-born beauty grew up in the UK and moved to the Sunshine Coast when she was 11.

       

Name: Layla John

Age: 20

Occupation: Student/Dancer

Location: Melbourne, VIC

At just 20, dancer and student and Layla is the baby of the group and hasn’t had a previous relationship.

But that doesn’t stop her expressing her opinions. Layla already has experience in showbusiness graduating from dance school in Melbourne.

 

Name: Stella Hutcheon

Age: 24

Occupation: Radio Media Coordinator

Location: Brisbane, QLD

Stunning Stella is sure to be a hit with viewers.

The 24-year-old has experienced serious heartbreak, when at the age of 18 she fell in love with a man from the US.

She says she doesn’t want a boy that’s too clingy and that intelligence and humour is what she’s looking for in a man.  

 

 THE BOYS

 Name: Andre Coutinho

Age: 24

Occupation: Mental Health Support Worker

Location : Perth, WA

Andre is certainly the full package boasting brains, beauty and brawn.

The Perth based graduate is an AFL player.

He says his style will catch ladies attention in the villa.

 

   

Name: Callum Hole

Age: 24

Occupation: Personal Trainer and Pool Boy

Location: Brisbane, QLD

Set to be this year’s ‘naughty boy’ Callum works as a pool boy at a top Brisbane hotel where he charms VIP guests.

He also works as a personal trainer. 

He says he has ‘ultimate playboy energy’.

  

Name: Jordan Dowsett

Age: 25

Occupation: FIFO Electrician

Location: Gold Coast, QLD

Country boy Jordan is set to be the first ever Love Island contestant rocking a mullet.

The Longford-born electrician now lives in the Gold Coast, where he moved after the end of an eight-year relationship with his high school sweetheart.

 Name: Austen Bugeja

Age: 22

Occupation: Spray painter / Semi-professional soccer player

Location: Sydney, NSW

Austen, a Chilean-Maltese Aussie from Penrith spray paints cats for a living and is a ‘proud mummy’s boy’  

He is of Chilean and Maltese background and works as a spray painter on cars, a job he loves.

 

 

Name: Conor Howard

Age: 26

Occupation: Real Estate Agent

Location: Sydney, NSW

Sydney-sider Conor grew up in the eastern suburbs and started working in real estate when he was just 19.

Self-described alpha-male, he’s certainly ambitious and will definitely ruffle feathers in the villa. 

He hopes to fall in love for the first time in the villa. 

 

Name: Mitchell Eliot

Age: 25

Occupation: Personal Trainer

Location: Sydney, NSW

Mitchel is set to be the villa’s only Kiwi, having recently moved from Auckland to Sydney.

The prankster says he has a kind-heart and was once in a serious relationship with a girl who broke his heart. 

Tak Chipangura

Age: 22

Occupation: Security Guard / Tik Tok Rapper

Location: Brisbane, QLD

Zimbabwe-born Tak came to Australia as a child and grew up in Wagga Wagga.

He became a champion footballer for Brisbane Lions and Greater Western Sydney but recently gave up the game.

He now performs rap on TikTok as Bravo 2 Real.

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