Is Megan Coming Back? Everything We Know About Love Island 2019…

By Phil Clarke, Editor of The Handbook website Phil Clarke |
2nd May 2019

It’s the biggest date of the year, no not your wedding anniversary, mum’s birthday or the next Brexit deadline: but it’s just five weeks until Love Island hits our screens again. Prepare to surrender eight hours a week (that’s a whole working day) to the all-consuming power that is Caroline Flack, the villa, Casa Amore and ‘I’ve gotta TEXT’.

So what do we know so far about the upcoming fifth season of the Isle that is Love?

Megan Hanson might be in it…

Rumours are flying. Not only are she and Charlie Brake now somehow an item (despite an acrimonious fight after she stole his hamster – bizarre but true story), but she might have another surprise up up her whatever-you-use-when-your-bikini-doesn’t-have-sleeves: a return to the villa.

According to the jungle drums, the blonde former stripper will be making an unlikely Love Island come back, though we’re seriously sceptical. Her PR person has been working overtime to keep Hanson in the media eye over the last few weeks, and so any rumour is going to be helpful. At least when it comes to shifting copy of her upcoming kiss’n’tell ‘autobiography’. Of course we’re not that cynical.

Filming has started…

It’s D-List celebs, camera, action over at ITV as filming starts to roll on season five. Presenter Caroline Flack has confirmed that they’ve begun filming segments for the summer show.

And it’s starting in June

It’s mad to think, but June is literally round the corner. The date pencilled into ITV’s calendar is apparently 4th June. Cancel all your plans, say no to weddings, throw those cruise tickets in the bin. You’ll be glued to the telly.

It’s almost as cursed as Strictly…

The bad relationship juju that surrounds Strictly Come Dancing might as well apply over at Love Island too given every relationship to come out of Love Island 2018 is now over. Even Caroline Flack’s! Dani and Jack are officially off as of last month, with Dani recently seen snogging her ex on the front of most tabloids. It’s as if the paps knew where to look!

The cast has been assembled…

The Flack has revealed on Easter Monday that “By the end of the week, I’m going to have potentially seen the cast for this year which is really exciting and mad that it’s come around this quick”. Isn’t it weird to think that right now we don’t know any of these no-marks, and yet by August we’ll know more about them than we do about some of our own family members?

There’ll be all sorts of body types…

Take this with a pinch of salt. Last year Jack Fincham hardly flew the flag for obesity, but was pretty much as close as it came to diversity when it came to flubber. Meanwhile Laura was portrayed as practically menopausal at 33 (although Donald Trump should have demanded to see her birth certificate), but ITV are determined that a show that has pretty consistently failed to be anything but strictly hetro-normative will this year be a little different. We’re expecting the emphasis will be on the ‘little’.

But either way, they’ll be keen to have a mix of contestants…

We’re fully expecting a mix of Insta famouses and seriously low rent celebs (Dani Dyer and Marcel off of Blazin’ Squad  being cases in point from recent seasons), but with some muggles mixed in. ITV producers have been canny to keep the balance believable between stacked Adonises and beautiful Venuses as well as some suckers actually seeking real love (poor Alex George is no doubt sat on a bar stool somewhere as we speak being flat-up rejected by a date before his night shift starts).

More about the z-list celebs, please…

Remember Big Brother’s Lotan Carter? Got kicked out for ‘agressive behaviour’? No? Okay, recall the guy who insured his penis for £12m? Course you do. Well, him. Currently found performing Magic Mike Live, the model is apparently being lined up to appear in season five.

What about the ‘normals’?

We’re sketchy on fact here (to be fair, this entire article has been light on anything that can be carved into stone) but the names being bandied around include Jane Park. Famous, albeit in a loose interpretation of the word, for winning the Euromillions aged 17, the now 23 year-old is presumably keen to see a return on her cosmetic surgery investments.

Other potential contestants include Ercan Ramadan, off of TOWIE spin-off The Only Way Is Marbs who has been close to the Love Island lot of late. Also in the frame might be Amelia Goodman. Apparently reality TV runs in her blood given her sister Chloe made it onto Ex on the Beach and Celebrity Big Brother, further devaluing label ‘celebrity’ but nevertheless an entertaining thought.

Oh, and you could be in it…

Fancy an open ended, if you get your strategy and six-pack right, holiday to Mallorca? If you’re a 9-on-a-bad-day then producers might be willing to consider you for season 5 of Love Island. Sink your life savings into a Brazillan butt lift and 20,000 Insta followers and apply here…

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