Craic in Love Shannen Reilly McGrath picks out contestants to watch out for as Love Island kicks-off
Expect mayhem, says ex-contestant Shannen
Expect mayhem when the new season of Love Island kicks off tomorrow.
So insists former Irish Love Island babe Shannen Reilly McGrath, who has already singled out a couple of contestants from this year's batch who she believes are worth looking out for.
Shannen (27) is just one of five Irish people who've appeared on the hit TV series, which is set to be the must-see show of the summer.
Love Island is making its first appearance back on out screens since the winter version nearly 18 months ago.
"I've had a look at them. I don't think there's much diversity, but I think they're all going to cause a bit of mayhem, and they certainly look like bombshells and fiery," Shannen tells the Sunday World.
The dental nurse from Tallaght was also impressed with one of the male contestants.
"The only one that kind of stood out to me or was kind of my type on the new series was Brad, and in his VT he seemed pretty genuine, he speaks with his nana and stuff," she notes. "I think he's going to be a good catch for the ladies. He's handsome, nice teeth, nice body. I think he is kind of most girls' type."
The lad she is talking about is Brad McClelland (26), a labourer from Northumberland.
Asked who he fancies, he replies: "Sommer Ray from Instagram. Zara McDermott, she's a good-looking lass. Or Megan Fox."
As for the girls,Shannen thinks Chloe Burrows (25) a financial services marketing executive from Bicester - who confesses she fancies actor Michael B Jordan and former Love Island star Michael Griffiths - might ruffle feathers.
"I think people were giving out about Chloe - so I think she is going to be a good character and cause some mayhem."
All the contestants announced this year are English, bar one Scot, and Shannen is hoping there will be an Irish person going in sooner or later.
Four years ago she and Dubliner Rob Lipsett became the first Irish people to star in the show, which is filmed in Majorca.
"We were in separate villas and we didn't actually meet until we were knocked off, but I was very surprised to see him," she recalls. "He's a lovely lad, he has done really well for himself."
Shannen is now dating strapping Luke Talbot for the past two years. "I try and keep him private, he's a childhood friend," she reflects. "He's a hard worker, normal lad."
Shannen says Love Island changed her life.
"It's a great experience and I'd advise people to go on - but make sure they have a thick skin.
"When they come off it there will be negativity, they're not going to be everyone's cup of tea. Just be really strong and just block it out because they are jealous or have something going on in their own life, so it's not going to be plain sailing."
She is full of praise for the other Irish Love Islanders.
"I think Maura (Higgins) has such as big personality," she beams. "The way she went in, she knew what she wanted, she didn't hold back, and I think that's what made her.
"I think Greg (O'Shea) went in quite late and it was kind of set up for him with Amber. When he went in it was plain sailing - you didn't get to see much of his personality and he wasn't really with anyone else. I think it was fantastic he won.
"I've met Yewande (Biala) a few times, when she did Dancing with the Stars. She's a very clever girl and has the brains."
Shannen confesses that she is now over her bad boy fixation.
"I think it's a learning curve. For anyone going on, and I hope there's some Irish in it, that they should just go for it. It doesn't matter how many days you're in it, it's a fantastic experience."
Love Island starts tomorrow on Virgin media One at 9pm
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