Love Island producers are said to be eager to sign another hopeful with a famous connection.
Show bosses are reportedly hoping to get The Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes’ lookalike sister on the next series, in a bid to replicate the impact that Dani Dyer had on last year’s series.
According to The Sun, an insider claimed they are “desperate” to sign Soph Piper, although the 20-year-old has not yet made a decision.
The source told the paper: “ITV2 bosses are really keen for Soph to be the star of this year’s series.
“Last year they had Dani and her claim to fame with dad Danny captured viewers and boasted the show’s ratings.
“This year they’re hoping to do the same with Rochelle and her youngest sister, who’s the spitting image of her.”
Speaking further, the source called Soph “the perfect islander” as she’s “incredibly beautiful” and “loves meeting new people”.
They also claimed Soph is still in the process of deciding whether or not a stint on the show is “the right move”, although there’s a “strong possibility” she will say yes.
The new series doesn’t have an official air date yet, but if previous years are anything to go by, it will likely start on Monday, June 6 – less than a week after the date set for an inquest into the death of Mike Thalassitis, who committed suicide in March aged just 26.
His body was found in a park near his childhood home. He died on March 15 and a funeral service was held at the beginning of April, with fellow Love Island stars Zara McDermott, Ellie Brown, Samira Mighty, Montana Brown and others all turning up to pay their respects.
Love Island presenter, Caroline Flack, confirmed last week that filming for the new series was about to start.
She said it was “really exciting” that she would get to see the new cast and thought it was “mad” series five had “come around this quick”.
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