Only Six (Out Of 36) Of This Year’s Love Island Contestants Actually Applied To Be On The Show

24.were scouted by ITV's casting team, and another six were put forward by talent agents.

LOVE ISLAND contestants

by Bonnie McLaren |

Only six out of 36 contestants {:rel=nofollow}applied to be on this year's Love Island.

That’s even though there's 98,000 applications every year, famously more than the number who apply to Oxford and Cambridge.

A parliamentary inquiry found that 24 were scouted by ITV's casting team, and another six were put forward by professional talent agents.

ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall said, ‘The production team continuously looks for people who would be right for Love Island in terms of being able to be in the villa and the personality that they are required to have.’

Other reality shows such as The Jeremy Kyle Show and The Undateables are also being looked at by MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

She added, ‘I do not think they just look in that pond. I think they keep it quite open.

‘There are some people who go on Love Island who have never achieved any type of contract or agent or anything like that.’

ITV told Radio 1 Newsbeat that, 'everyone who is seen for the show goes through exactly the same process.'

This year, the finale of the ITV2 dating series was watched by 3.63 million, up slightly from the 3.56 million who tuned in to watch Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham win last year.

Next year, there are going to be two series of Love Island, with the first instalment happening in January from South Africa.

Paul Mortimer, Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions at ITV, said, ‘Off the back of a record-breaking year, we're delighted to be bringing an extra series of our biggest and sunniest show to the 2020 schedule.

Love Island has proven yet again to be the perfect format that engages younger audiences.

‘In response to this viewer appetite, a new batch of young singletons will deliver some highly anticipated post-Christmas romance and drama from our new and luxurious location.

Look below to see who has gained the most Instagram followers from this year's Love Island.

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Love Island Instagram Followers 2019 - Grazia

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Love Island bombshell @mollymaehague stole Tommy Fury's heart (and more Instagram followers than anyone else)

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In second place it's Molly-Mae's boyfriend @tommytntfury whose account has grown by over 1,700,000 since the show started

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In third place it's @amberrosegill with 1.6 million followers, her best friend is helping to run her account, and answers questions from which hair products she uses to what her dog is called

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In fourth place it's @lucierosedonlan, the surfer who is quickly catching up to Amber Gill despite being dumped from the island weeks ago

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Model and grid girl @maurahiggins came into the villa as a bombshell and made her move on Tommy, before ending up with Curtis

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Despite only entering the villa a month ago, basketball player @oviesoko has accrued 1.2 million followers - and A LOT - of praise on Twitter

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Just behind Ovie is professional ballroom dancer @curtispritchard12

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Original islander @annavakili_ is tied with Curtis at 1.1 million followers

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Another islander with 1.1 million followers is @mac_griffiths_ who got the nation talking following him dumping Amber for Joanna

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The newest addition to the Loose Women line up, @amyhartxo has 1.1 million followers

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Love Island original @anton_danyluk - whose mum gained 10,000 followers after appearing on Love Island After Sun - has nearly 1 million followers

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Despite leaving the show early @yewande_biala has just under 800,000 followers

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After coupling up with Lucie, @josephgarratt was dumped from the villa, but has managed to rack up quite a few followers anyway

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While @jxrdanhames didn't have the easiest ride with Anna during his time in the villa, the model seems to be doing just fine on Instagram

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Anton's partner @bellehassan has nearly 600 thousand followers

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Just behind Belle is @jourdanriane who entered the villa with her

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And just behind girlfriend Jourdan is @itsdannywilliams

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Despite being asked to leave the villa by producers @sherif_lanre has 485 thousand followers

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@lovefromreyn entered the villa as a bombshell, and is now coupled up with Ovie Soko

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@joannachimonides caused drama when she entered the villa and Michael's head turned from Amber to her

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@elmapazar was dumped from the villa after coupling up with Anton

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@arabellachi certainly turned heads when she entered the villa, causing a row between Danny and Yewande

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@christophertaylorofficial is one of the only Love Island contestants who isn't verified, but has 416 thousand followers

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Love Island finalist @gregoshea has 365 thousand followers

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Love Island original @callum_macleod was the first to be voted out of the villa

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@francesca_allen entered the villa with Chris Taylor and coupled up with Curtis Pritchard

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@harley_brash chose to go on a date with Ovie when she first entered the villa with India, and then coupled up with Chris Taylor

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Despite only being in the villa for a short time, @georgerainsofficial racked up 134 thousand followers

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Famous for missing out on the chance to spend the night with Maura in the hideaway, @tom9walker has 128 thousand followers

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Casa Amour boy @dennon_lewis has 84 thousand followers

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Remember Casa Amour's Dan Rose? He's got 69 thousand followers

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@mariacarmelwild has just over 66 thousand followers

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