Love Island 2024: Who is Nicole Samuel the Welsh world champion with 'wild' personality and what's her Instagram?

Nicole Samuel Love  Island
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If you're a Welsh Love Island fan you'll have two locals to support this summer as the reality show returns to ITV2 and ITVX. As another group of singles enter the villa for a summer of fun, drama and, hopefully, romance, not one but two Welsh contestants will be soaking up the sun.

And one of the first two to enter in the opening episode, which airs on Monday, June 3, is 24-year-old accounts manager Nicole Samuel from Aberdare in the Cynon Valley. Self-confessed "wild" girl Nicole is going on Love Island 2024 as she believes it's her time to "settle down" and find her perfect partner, who she says must be: "Tall, dark and handsome, it’s just that isn’t it? Let’s be honest! And a rugby player."

Let's find out what we know about Nicole and discover what she's a world champion in. For the latest TV & Showbiz news, sign up to our newsletter.

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Why is Nicole entering Love Island?

The Aberdare contestant said: "I just think it’s my time now I’ve hit 24 and I’m ready" to settle down."

She continued: "I’ve been enjoying single life and the attention of different boys, it’s fun. I’ve enjoyed being able to go on holiday with the girls and not having to worry about someone back home. All the girls are there texting in their room and I’m out till 4 in the morning living my best life."

What's Nicole's personality like?

Her straight-talking nature is something that she's very proud of and has said: "A lot of men can be intimidated by me. Because I'm a big personality. I think I'm a 10 out of 10. I just don't think I've got any flaws. I've got it all. My personality is way too big to be kept down in the valleys. I think I've got it all. I'm ready to be with someone who is tidy."

She adds that she thinks she'll be one of the biggest characters in the villa and finds it's a plus point that men always know where they stand with her because she "says everything as it is".

Nicole said that her friends and family would describe her as "cheeky, wild and really chatty," backing this up in her introductory video on the Love Island Instagram, she said: ""I'm an accounts manager for a family-run business. I have all the guys in work wrapped around my finger. They do exactly what I want them to do. Dad just leaves me to it. He's just over it now, half the time I'm gallivanting to different countries. He's like, are you going to work today? I'll be like, no. I'm in Marbella! "

What's she a world champion in?

The Channing Tatum fan told ITV that: "I became a world champion dancer in 2011, not many people know that. I was a professional street dancer."

Does Nicola have an Instagram?

She does! You'll find her at @nicolesams123

Love Island starts on Monday, June 3 at 9pm on ITV1, ITV2 and ITVX