The real reason Love Island’s Ayo Odukoya signed up for Love Island despite NEVER watching the show

Let's hope the Love Island 2024 contestant know what he's letting himself in for

Ayo Odukoya and Kady McDermott

by Nathan Katnoria |
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We didn’t think there was anyone left on this planet that hasn’t seen at least one episode of Love Island, but it turns at we were WRONG – and that’s so unlike us.

You’d think that the 12 contestants who have just been announced for Love Island 2024 will have done their research and tuned into previous series so they know what they’ve signed up for or perhaps to work out a plan of action, but it turns out one of this year’s Islanders had never watched it before.

Ayo Odukoya, a model and footballer from east London, has revealed he only signed up to the show after being scouted by producers and he hadn’t tuned into any past series before starting the process of becoming an Islander himself.

Ayo Odukoya
You'll be seeing Ayo in the Love Island 2024 villa ©ITV Pictures

“For me, I haven’t watched the show. I’m not so into the mix of the show and what’s going on,” he explained.

“I’ve of course had a look at a few seasons as I was going through the process, just to have a look.”

He added, “So I got approached. They've come to me and said they wanted me on the show, so I've just been going by every process and it's been amazing.”

Ayo Odukoya
Ayo never watched Love Island before signing up for the show ©ITV Pictures

But despite not watching the show, it turns out Ayo is actually pals with a few past contestants including Toby Aromolaran and Tyrique Hyde.

“I know a few people, like Toby is someone I played football with back in the day. So, that’s someone I knew and Tyrique was and his little brother, I know him,” Ayo explained.

He’s also been around some past Love Island girls too as he added, “I’ve been to a couple of events and seen some girls out, but nothing has come from it. There was no chat or no interaction, just I could see them from afar. That was pretty much it.”

Who is Ayo Odukoya?

Ayo is one of twelve contestants heading into the Love Island 2024 villa.

How old is Ayo Odukoya?

He's 25 years old.

Where is Ayo Odukoya from?

Canning Town in east London.

What is Ayo Odukoya's job?

Before the villa, Ayo worked as a model and also played football for Redbridge FC.

Who is Ayo Odukoya's celebrity crush?

Ayo's revealed his celebrity crushes are South African singer Tyla and actress Zendaya.

What is Ayo Odukoya's Instagram?

You can find Ayo on Instagram at @cozy.a1.

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