Love Island 2023 line-up on Instagram: how many followers do winter contestants have - new series live tracker

The Love Island contestants can expect their social media followings to grow significantly in the coming weeks as the 2023 winter series airs

Love Island 2023 is underway and there is a brand new line up of singletons looking for love in the villa.

The popular dating programme has returned to Cape Town, South Africa for the first winter edition of the show since 2020.

There fans is also a fresh face presenting the show in the form of Maya Jama. The well known presenter and DJ is hosting the show for the first time, after Laura Whitmore stepped down from the show in August.

The likes of Molly Mae Hague, Tommy Fury, Maura Higgins and Ekin Su Culculoglu have all been propelled to Instagram stardom after leaving the show.

But how many followers do the current contestants have on Instagram as they prepare to find love in South Africa?

How many followers do the winter contestants of Love Island have?

Watch how the contestants’ follower counts have grown in the bar chart race below:


Kai Fagan

  • Age: 24
  • Handle: kaifagan_
  • Followers on 13 January: 7,067
  • Followers on 25 January: 23,700
  • From: Manchester
  • What we know: Kai Fagan is the second player with a rugby connection to enter the Love Island villa and follows in the footsteps of last year’s contestant Jacques O’Neill. The Jamaican citizen plays semi-professional rugby for Burnage RFC but also works full time as a science and PE teacher.

Tanya Manhenga

Tanya Manhenga (Photo: ITV)
  • Age: 22
  • Handle: talkswithtt_
  • Followers on 13 January: 21,900
  • Followers on 25 January: 46,400
  • From: Liverpool
  • What we know: Tanya Manhenga is a 22-year-old biomedical science student and influencer from Liverpool. The influencer has shared a number of luxurious shots from holiday destinations such as Johnanesburg, South Africa and Marbella in Spain.

Lana Jenkins

  • Age: 25
  • Handle: lanajenkinss
  • Followers on 13 January: 12,800
  • Followers on 25 January: 72,600
  • From: Luton
  • What we know: Lana Jenkins is a 25-year-old make-up artist from Luton. She is no stranger to TV and has previously appeared as an extra on the popular ITV series Benidorm.

Anna - May Robey

  • Age: 20
  • Handle: annamayrobey
  • Followers on 13 January: 20,000
  • Followers on 25 January: 49,100
  • From: Swansea
  • What we know: Anna - May Robey is the youngest member of the original 2023 lineup. Robey is a Welsh payroll administrator from Swansea. She has posted just 15 times on Instagram and the majority of her snaps are from nights-out with friends or visits to London.

Ron Hall

Ron Hall will appear on Love Island 2023. (ITV)
  • Age: 25
  • Handle: ronhall_
  • Followers on 13 January: 8,444
  • Followers on 25 January: 43,700
  • From: Essex
  • What we know: Ron Hall is a financial advisor from Essex who describes himself as “fun and charismatic.” Hall is the first partially sighted contestant to enter the Love Island villa and revealed that he is blind in one eye after sustaining a football injury as an 8-year-old.

Will Young

  • Age: 23
  • Handle: Farmer_Will_
  • Followers on 13 January: 133,000
  • Followers on 25 January: 185,000
  • From: Buckinghamshire
  • What we know: TikTok influencer Will Young has already built up a strong following on social media before entering the Love Island villa. The 23-year-old has more followers than any other contestant before heading on to the show and is known for sharing funny videos of his life on the farm.

Tanyel Revan

  • Age: 26
  • Handle: tanyelrevan
  • Followers on 13 January: 18,200
  • Followers on 25 January: 60,300
  • From: North London
  • What we know: Tanyel Revan is a 26-year-old hairstylist from North London. She has described her celebrity crush as 21 Jump Street actor Channing Tatum. Revan has shared a number of posts of herself with followers and the majority of her posts are taken from luxurious holidays to Dubai and Cyprus.

Shaq Muhammad

  • Age: 24
  • Handle: shaq24s_
  • Followers on 13 January: 4,330
  • Followers on 25 January: 14,000
  • From: London
  • What we know: Shaq Muhammad is a 24-year-old airport security officer from London. Muhammad is a fan of Arsenal football club and the majority of his Instagram posts are taken from holidays such as Toronto, Canada and Marbella, Spain.

Olivia Hawkins

Love Island series 9 contestant Olivia Hawkins was a stunt double in the show Brassic which has many links to Chorley.
  • Age: 27
  • Handle: livhawkinss
  • Followers on 13 January: 18,800
  • Followers on 25 January: 64,700
  • From: Brighton
  • What we know: Olivia Hawkins is a 27-year-old ring girl who has featured at events at Wembley and Alexandra Palace. She is the second ring girl to appear on Love Island and follows in the footsteps of 2019 contestant Maura Higgins.

Haris Namani

  • Age: 21
  • Handle: haris_namanii
  • Followers on 13 January : 6,087
  • Followers on 25 January: 32,700
  • From: Doncaster
  • What we know: Haris Namani is a 21-year-old TV salesman from Doncaster. His Instagram page also shows that he is a keen boxer who has competed at amateur level, he regularly posts videos of himself training at Steel City Gym in Sheffield.

The Bombshells

Alongside the original lineup you can also expect to see two faces join the programme midway through the first episode.

Ellie Spence

  • Age: 25
  • Handle: elliespennie
  • Followers on 13 January: 2,715
  • Followers on 25 January: 4,894
  • From: Norwich
  • What we know: Law firm administrator Ellie Spence is set to take a break from her job to head into the South African sun. She is expected to join the programme as a bombshell later in the series. Spence has shared just 12 posts on Instagram - the majority of which are selfies or pictures of holidays such as Jaen, Spain.

Tom Clare

  • Age: 23
  • Handle:tomclare_
  • Followers on 13 January: 13,700
  • Followers on 25 January: 31,800
  • From: Barnsley
  • What we know: Macclesfield footballer Tom Clare is the latest sportsperson to feature in the Love Island villa. The 23-year-old striker has been given an extended period of leave by the non-league side to participate in the show. Clare came through the academy at Barnsley and has also had spells with Boston United, Bradford City and Buxton FC.

Zara Diniz

Age: 25

Handle: itszaradeniz

Followers on 25 January: 41,900

From: London

Model and property developer Zara Diniz was one of the early bombshells in week one of Love Island 2023.

The 25-year-old clashed with fellow islander Olivia Hawkins in her first week in the villa.

David Salako

Age: 24


Followers on 25 January: 7,115

From: Essex

David Salako is a money advisor from Essex who joined the show during the first week.

Salako set his sights on Tanya Manhenga during his time in the villa but was the first person to exit when she chose to remain faithful to Shaq Muhammad.

Jessie Wynter

Age: 26

Handle: jessiereneewynter

Followers on 25 January: 308,000

From: Sydney, Australia

Jessie Wynter was the third bombshell to arrive in Love Island 2023 and it is her second appearance on the show.

The personal trainer and influencer had already developed a strong following after her appearance on Season 2 of Love Island Australia in 2019, where she finished 4th.

Aaron Waters

Age: 24


Followers on 25 January: 80,500

From: Perth, Australia

Aaron Waters was the second bombshell to return to the show. Waters previously appeared on Love Island Australia season 3 in 2021.

Waters finished runner-up in 2021 and will be aiming to go all the way to the final again on this year’s show.