Love Island bosses ‘sign first ever partially sighted contestant’ for winter series

Winter Love Island is set to kick off on 16 January, with a new line up of singletons jetting out to South Africa in the hope of finding love.

Fans are eager to find out who will be entering the villa and some are even wondering if any former Islanders will follow in Adam Collard's footsteps and take part in the ITV2 dating show for a second time.

Those said to be taking part this time round include models Tanya Manhenga and Chloe Baker, and the first rumoured male contestant has been now revealed as Ron Hall.

Love Island bosses have reportedly signed up Ron, 26, for the 2023 series, making him the first ever partially sighted contestant in the show's history.

OK! has contacted ITV for comment.

The Essex-based finance worker lost the sight in his right eye in a footballing accident when he was younger. He is said to currently be in quarantine in South Africa ahead of the ITV2 show's launch on 16 January.

An insider told The Sun: “The casting team are excited by the signing. It’s a really positive move to have more diversity on-screen, especially as there are so few blind people on telly.

“Ron is great guy, he’s got loads of mates and is sports mad, he loves golf and has recently taken up boxing. He’s keen to meet new people and, hopefully, find love.

“He’s also really open about his disability and is hoping to raise awareness and help others by discussing it on screen.”

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The news comes after Tanya Manheng was recently unveiled as the reported first contestant for Winter Love Island 2023.

The 22 year old is a biomedical science student and is reportedly set to be one of the handful of singletons to walk into the brand new South African villa this month.

According to her Instagram profile, Tanya has worked with the likes of Boohoo, Ego footwear, and Simmi shoes. Boasting over 12,000 followers on the social media platform, it appears she's a rising influencers in her own right, too.

She is also reportedly friends with ex-Islander Indiyah Polack, 24, who made the final on the 2022 series with boyfriend Dami Hope.

A source toldThe Sun: "Tanya really is the whole package, she’s as smart as she is stunning and she looks set to be one this series' most popular Islanders.

"She’s an Islander in waiting, already moving in the same circles as former cast members and with brand deals already under her belt. This year’s cast is a sassy bunch, packed with banter and good chat, and Tanya is set to lead the pack."


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