IT'S been a long time coming but the wait for Love Island is almost over.
And there are already plenty of rumours swirling about who might enter the villa looking for love this summer.
The series usually begins in June and once it starts, it will be hosted by married couple Iain Stirling and Laura Whitmore, who recently gave birth to their daughter.
Here, we take a closer look at the young hopefuls rumoured to be joining the Love Island 2021 cast...
Aimee-Rose Francis, 29
Aimee-Rose, 29, is the latest name to be linked to this series of the ITV2 show, and she's already got quite the fanbase, with over 84,000 Instagram followers.
She's the founder of her own jewellery company and comes from a wealthy family, living in affluent Chelsea in south west London.
While most Love Islanders go on to win advertising deals after the show, Aimee-Rose already models for brands including Pretty Little Thing and BooHoo.
A Love Island source said: “Producers are nearly there with their cast and Aimee is top of their list.
“She’s incredibly well-educated, has bags of personality and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself.
"She could have walked straight off reality show Made In Chelsea. Bosses think she’ll be a great addition.”
Instagram handle: @aimazin
'Sex-loving' beauty queen
Alexis Bailey, 21
Fire-eating OnlyFans model Alexis Bailey was the first woman to be rumoured to be joining Love Island 2021, and was a runner-up in the Miss Manchester 2019 beauty contest.
The brunette is also known for her aerial performance skills, and has previously worked for Ibiza club owner and Celebs Go Dating star Wayne Lineker as one of his dream dolls.
She's also got a slight upper-hand in that she's mates with former Love Islander Chloe Crowhurst, so she'll be aware of what to expect if appearing on the series.
A source told The Sun: "She loves sex and is always talking about it. She’s very open about it but is incredibly likeable and loves to party.
"There are no limits as far as she is concerned and she very much wears her heart on her sleeve. It’s fair to say she will bring some heat to the villa."
Instagram handle: @alexis.baileyyx
Doctor of love?
Toluwa Adepeju, 25
NHS hero Toluwa Adepeju is rumoured to be swapping his scrubs for swimming shorts to join the villa this summer.
The 25-year-old junior doctor has spent the last year documenting his gruelling work as a frontline doctor on social media.
"68 hours in 7/7 days – the long week is finished," he posted after one brutal run of shifts.
According to an ITV source, who thought Toluwa is a perfect pick for Love Island, the medic could take a well-deserved break from his day job.
The source told The Sun: "He's led from the very front – in hospital and online, educating people of the risks and the need to get vaccinated.
"He is a perfect pick. He's modest, down to earth and loves what he does."
Instagram handle: @doctor.tolu
The perfect recipe
Holly Ramsay, 21
It was reported in May that Gordon Ramsay's daughter Holly, 21, might be one of the big names Love Island bosses are hoping to line up for the series.
Alongside twin brother Jack, the model and fashion student is the second eldest of Hell's Kitchen chef Gordon, 54, and wife Tana’s five children.
She currently studies at Conde Nast College of Fashion and Design and is the proud 'mum' to a French Bulldog named Truffle.
As well as the modelling pics, Holly also shares throwbacks from her childhood, and with high profile family friends like Brooklyn Beckham.
Instagram handle: @Hollyramsayy
Boxer set to meet his match
Harley Benn, 24
Boxing legend Nigel Benn's "secret son" Harley is also thought to have thrown his hat in the ring for the show.
The 24-year-old, who is also a pro-boxer, was conceived when Nigel had an affair with his mum Lisa Andrews while going through IVF with second wife Carolyne.
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“He’s had video meetings with the casting team and everyone is very excited at the prospect of having him on the show.”
Instagram handle: @HarleyBennOfficial