Miss Great Britain heading for Love Island in search of 'nice boyfriend'


Miss Great Britain, Zara Holland, will be hoping to find romance as a contestant on the new series of ITV's Love Island.

The 20-year-old beauty queen, from Hull, has been single for two years and said she is "a bit sick of going on dates and it not working out".

Zara, who describes herself as "loud and funny, and very strong", said she would like to "find a nice boyfriend".

Zara Holland
Zara Holland (ITV)

She said: "Guys go really quiet on me and don't text back. One time I went to a party with a guy and he got back with his ex-girlfriend there. I think I attract weirdos."

The model said she wants prospective love interests to get to know the real her, but that men do not approach her to speak to her.

"Some guys do like to send messages on Instagram just so they can say they've had a message from Miss Great Britain," she said, "But I'm just a normal girl, and I think that's part of the problem. I want guys to know me for me."

She added: "I don't get chatted up much, either. There was a guy the other day who said his friend fancied me, but he wouldn't come over because he thought I'd turn him down."

TV presenter Caroline Flack is returning to front the ITV2 show, which sees singletons "marooned" together in a villa, hoping to find love.

Caroline Flack
Caroline Flack (ITV pictures)

The former X Factor presenter said she was not much of a matchmaker in the love department and added: "I wouldn't take love advice from me, to be honest."

Another former Miss Great Britain, Sophie Gradon, who wore the crown in 2009, is also a contestant. The 30-year-old, from Newcastle, who is now a marketing manager, famously used to date rugby player Danny Cipriani.

Sophie Gradon
Sophie (ITV pictures)

She said her party trick is that she can "drink a lot", adding: "I'm a Geordie. I wish I could do the splits or get my leg over my head but no, my party trick is just doing shots."

The other female contestants include Malin Andersson, a 23-year-old make-up artist from Bedford, Cara De La Hoyde, 25, who is a circus performer from Kent, and 22-year-old Olivia Buckland, who is a sales executive from Essex.

This year's Love Island contestants
This year's Love Island contestants (ITV pictures)

The six male contestants include Scott Thomas, a 27-year-old entrepreneur and club promoter from Manchester, 24-year-old Welsh barman and fitness instructor Tom Powell, and Nathan Massey, also 24, a carpenter from Essex.

Rykard Jenkins
Rykard Jenkins (ITV Pictures)

Joining them is also Rykard Jenkins, a 25-year-old personal trainer from Kent, Daniel Lukakis, 23, from London, who trained as an osteopath and physiotherapist but is now a model, and Javi Shephard, a 27-year-old surveyor from York.

Daniel Lukakis on Love Island
Daniel on Love Island (ITV pictures)

As befits the format of the show, viewers could be treated to mystery contestants being added at any stage to even out the numbers.

The final couple left in the villa will win a £50,000 cash prize.