Hamburg (dpa) – “I’ve never had a boyfriend and I’m looking for love,” says Jessica. “I think that’s a good prerequisite.” The 23-year-old is one of the 13 nominees for the new season of “Love Island”.

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Whether she will find love on a dating show of all things remains to be seen soon. Because on Monday at 8:15 PM, courtship begins again on RTLzwei – this time on the island of Mallorca. Sure, many more tears will be flowing again in the four weeks, because guys like Philip, 23, who boasts in the show’s short video that he eats a different kind every week, sure won’t let anything burn.

In fact, some of the nominees for the five seasons of the flirtation show, which first aired on September 11, 2017, have remained a real-life couple — some of them even had a baby. The concept of “Love Island” has always remained the same: a group of candidates, called the islanders, live isolated from the outside world in a villa – under constant surveillance by video cameras. In order to really get the mood crackle, the islanders pair each other a few times. Then the couples have to spend time together, including sleeping in one bed together.

In order to get to know each other better and get closer, there are many interesting games and competitions – for example, the candidates have to decide blindfoldedly which man (or woman) can kiss better. Contest winners receive special prizes, such as dating their partner outside the villa. By voting via the smartphone app, viewers can decide which couple they like the most or which should leave the villa. At the end of the season, the winning pair will receive a bonus of 50,000 euros.

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So far, “Love Island” has been directed by Jana Ina Zarrella (44), and now Sylvie Meis, 43, is supposed to bring a breath of fresh air to the show. The Dutch, who hosted RTL’s “Let’s Dance” from 2011 to 2017 with Daniel Hartwich, is already looking to “accompany the islanders in their search for great love.” And the new presenter also has some flirting tips ready: “Be open, be confident, and be confident in yourself. Because that’s the most attractive thing. If someone flirts with self-confidence, it almost doesn’t matter how you look,” Mays said in an interview with DPA. (DPA). In addition, one should also be open to great love. “This will only happen if you are open.”

She herself tied the knot with current husband Niclas Castillo, 43, at the wedding of model Barbara Meyer and businessman Clemence Holman in the summer of 2019 — and she’s been totally happy ever since. “I feel very welcome,” the coordinator said. But for love to last, you have to do a lot. “For me, it’s always important that it never gets boring. And I’m responsible for that: you always have to make an effort and never take someone’s existence for granted.”

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