by Thinus Ferreira
On Sunday night, M-Net (DStv 101) introduced the first 10 single and sexy love hopefuls in the first season of Love Island South Africa who entered the Love Island SA villa for a "6-week bae-cation".
The 10 Islanders are they will be known, must couple up and live together all in the name of love and the chance to win R1 million in the process.
Throughout the series, the Islanders will be forced to re-couple where they can choose - or be chosen - to remain in their current couple or swap and change, whilst also undergoing several dates, tasks and challenges, in the quest to avoid being dumped from the villa.
With 5 men and 5 women start Love Island SA, there will doubtless be more so-called Bombshells introduced to try and break some of the couples up to try and form new couples. Who will couple up with who and which couple will outlast the rest?
Leandie du Randt is the Love Island SA host while the voice-over artist Warren Robertson navigates viewers through the show.
One-hour episodes of Love Island SA will be broadcast from Mondays to Fridays on M-Net at 21:30, with so-called "unseen-bits" that will be broadcast after the 20:00-movie on Sunday nights.
Here are the 10 Islanders that Love Island SA introduced on Sunday night:
Asad, a 24-year-old personal trainer from Johannesburg, says that he’s an old soul and a romantic at heart.
He enjoys surprising the people he loves and once flew cupcakes from Cape Town to Johannesburg for a love interest, only to end up friend-zoned. Asad enjoys being active and outdoors and is looking for "a good woman to keep me grounded".
This charming 22-year-old is from Cape Town and a personal trainer. He is confident that he’s what the ladies are looking for.
"I’ve got swagger, everyone said that I should join the show, I’m going with it and I’m interested. So, it will be a blessing having me on the show."
Durang says that he values the small things in life and knows that being humble and working hard gets you places. When he’s not in the gym training his ripped body, Durang spends his time taking road trips and listening to good music.
The 22-year-old Erin, from Cape Town, is a marketing student who studies in Los Angeles.
She believes that Love Island SA is her second chance, and says "I’ve moved around a lot; I somewhat believe I deserve another chance at love and really hoping this is my opportunity."
Erin has lived in Indonesia, Los Angeles and now Cape Town. She’s a social butterfly and enjoys singing, going to the beach, hiking, hanging with friends, games nights, and fun night clubs.
Ian De Beer
Bringing Afrikaans boy charm to Love Island SA is the 24-year-old Ian who describes himself as "confident and funny. I love awkwardness".
Ian is a law student and a bodybuilder and is determined to bring a ripped torso to the Love Island SA villa.
"I will come shredded for the show – I will have the best body," he says. He is looking for a mature girl because he has two older sisters and that is what he is used to. He knows his way around the girls and believes he won’t struggle to get them to like him. His hobbies are working out, hiking, running and gaming.
Jay is a Sandton social media star.
At 23 Jay is the founder and CEO of a digital marketing agency and a fitness influencer. "I hate the term influencer. An influencer is someone like Gandhi and Mandela, not a social media 'star'," he says.
He says dark eyebrows are a massive pull for him. His most significant relationship was with his high school sweetheart. Since then, he has not had a significant relationship and is hoping that Love Island SA will change that.
Apart from being a fitness fanatic, Jay also spends his time cooking and doing photography.
Kaige is a feisty 21-year-old from Durban, and says that "People confuse my confidence with arrogance – I love to boast".
In 2017, he experienced a life-altering event when his motorbike accident ended his professional tennis career. The experience taught him to never give up even when his whole world turned upside down.
Making lemonade out of the experience, Kaige became a professional tennis coach. He says that he will be loud and proud in the Love Island SA villa and believes he has the best banter with looks to match.
The 20-year-old Millie is a quirky and outgoing influencer from Cape Town.
She says that she's here to entertain and bring about loads of banter. "I am funny... but dumb... but not dumb... but funny... but dumb."
At 17 she left her hometown to study in Cape Town, lost lots of weight and began taking care of herself while also creating a life that she loves. Millie entered the show to find love in a new and interesting way.
As a creator, she enjoys creating art and watching and creating YouTube content, but she also loves a good party.
Rochelle Van Vuuren
This stunning Demi Moore lookalike, Rochelle, is 23 and from Pretoria.
She is a digital creator, qualified in BCom Strategic Management and also heavily involved in the fitness world.
She competed in IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness) in 2019 and won her first competition. She obtained her Gauteng North Colours and went on to compete for South Africa. This has taught her a whole new side to discipline.
Rochelle says that her weakness is that she forgives too easily – her ex cheated on her many times. "My ex wasn't even a trophy, maybe a bronze medal," she says.
Summer Da Cruz
A real Hooters girl, Summer who is 21 hails from Johannesburg.
She is a professional dancer and has worked on MSC Cruise liners, where she got to visit several beautiful and exotic countries.
"I’ve travelled the entire world and still haven’t met someone who sparks something in me, I’m sure he’s in South Africa ... somewhere," she says.
Summer is funny and clumsy but thinks on her feet. As a Love Islander, she brings her competitive streak and bubbly personality to the table and is looking for the guy with the good teeth.
This 26-year-old from Mossel Bay is confident and charismatic.
Thimna says that she considers the current dating world to be very superficial and is looking for a real connection.
"I'm tired of these rats and I want a real man."
She says that her intelligence and independence can be intimidating to some men. In 2018, she was in a long-distance relationship that taught her a lot about knowing her self-worth. She is not jaded and not afraid to express her feelings.
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