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The first contestant for Love Island 2019 has finally been unveiled: Beauty therapist Amber Rose Gill from Newcastle.

The Sun reports that the participant flew out to Majorca this weekend after signing up for the infamous ITV2 show.

The 21-year-old is described as, "a down to earth and fun-loving girl. She loves to party and is always out in Newcastle."


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“She’s beautiful and looks incredible in a bikini and unlike other previous stars of the show doesn’t have masses of Instagram followers.”

According to her Instagram, Amber is pals with last year's contestant Adam Collard and Geordie Shore's Holly Hagan. 

"If you don’t have a sense of humour go away," her Instagram bio reads. We'll just retreat into the distance then…


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The Sun also revealed last week that the ex-girlfriend of Leicester City footballer James Maddison, Molly-Mae Hague, is also signing on to the series.

19-year old blonde bombshell Molly was hand-picked by producers for the Spanish villa thanks to her impressive social media presence.

Other possible contestants include 26-year-old British Airways stewardess Amy Hart, and the younger brother of boxer Tyson Fury, Tommy.


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Fury confirmed his younger brother Tommy will be taking part on an MMA show, saying: “He’s a good looking young kid and I think he’s going to be a hit with the ladies on it."

Soph Piper, AKA Rochelle Humes' younger sis, was also favourite to star but insiders revealed that she is weighing up her options before making the ultimate decision.

The full line-up of the show's fifth season will be revealed by ITV this week. Monday, June 3 is the official start date for the much-anticipated series to return.

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We genuinely thought that reality television stars in this day and age earned their fare share of cash, otherwise why are they so hell-bent on staying relevant?

Apparently not this year. According to The Daily Star, the stars of 2019's Love Island will be paid just £250 a week this summer. That's not even minimum wage, so it's fairly surprising.

Thousands of young men and women have applied to appear on the ITV2 show this year, despite the recent suicides of ex-contestants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon.

The winners of the cash prize receive £50,000… which is quite the step up from their weekly wages. Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham won the competition last year, and earned plenty more through sponsorships and appearances,

However, some past contestants claim the show fails to properly prepare the participants for the difficulties of appearing in public and on social media.

Mental health struggles, trolling and depression have been raised as issues which the series allegedly contributes to. Many who made the final line-up have quit their jobs or been granted extended leave to join the Spanish villa, but is it worth it?


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The Daily Star have affirmed that the ITV bosses are paying the islanders just £250 a week to  “compensate” for giving up time to be on the show. If they last the entire eight weeks, they bag £2,000, which isn't much.

The majority of contestants only last a couple of days, and get just £250 as a result. One source said: “Everyone now knows that stepping into that villa brings good and bad things.

“They risk coming out and being trolled on Twitter, their dreams of being a big reality star dashed, work dries up and ending up feeling depressed and having issues.”


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2017 contestant Zara Holland has even called for the show to be taken off the air. 

Strictly Come Dancing's AJ Pritchard's brother, Curtis, has just been announced for the 2019 line-up. The 23-year-old is already a fan favourite, so time will tell whether he becomes one of the 'originals'.

Love Island 2019 begins on June 3, get yourselves ready gals. 

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