Who are the new 'Love Island' bombshells? The DL on 2023's islanders set to make *big* entrances

We've got two new 'Love Island' bombshells heading into the villa, so here's everything we know about the islanders so far...

The 2023 Love Island bombshells: Zara and David pictured infront of cloud backdrops for Love Island 2023/ in a pink blue and purple template
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After the arrival of Love Island 2023's first bombshell, Tom Clare, we've got two new singles heading to the villa, hoping to turn heads and stir up some serious drama. Here's everything we know about the confirmed Love Island bombshells of 2023...

Yes, our winter Love Island 2023 cast is about to gain two more singletons! Following the start of season 9  where we got acquainted with the first official couples—and had our minds blown by the host, Maya Jama's Love Island outfits— we now have not one, but three bombshells landing in South Africa (where Love Island is filmed).

So, while we're already in the know about islanders like Will Young, Kai Fagan and Lana Jenkins, allow us to catch you up to speed on the latecomers joining the party.

Here's the 411 on all our new Love Island bombshells—plus all the answers to your bombshell-related queries, from how many we can expect to see strut into the villa and how to vote for your favorites...

What are Love Island bombshells?

First things first, for anyone who is new to the reality show (you're in for a wild ride) a Love Island bombshell is an islander who enters the villa once the series has already begun—either after a dumping or when producers have a nail-biting recoupling in the pipeline.

Their goal is to effectively spice things up, by turning heads and testing a few of the established couples. Throughout previous seasons, bombshells have broken up couples and caused some serious tension in the villa!

So, now we know what the role of a bombshell is, let's meet our 2023 bombshell lineup, shall we?

Who are the Love Island bombshells for 2023?

So far, we have four confirmed bombshells set to enter the villa in the first week, but more will be announced once the show kicks off. In fact, if previous seasons are anything to go by, we'll likely see at least four bombshells enter before Casa Amor returns...

Tom Clare

Name: Tom Clare| Age: 23 | Job: Semi-Pro Footballer

Semi-pro footballer, Tom Clare will be one of the first bombshells entering the winter 2023 villa. The 23-year-old has dubbed himself a 'good laugh' and 'good vibe,' so hopefully, he'll be a good addition to the Love Island lineup!

He's also not looking to be the villa's resident player, as he's shared he really does want to meet someone.

Right now, Love Island fans can actually vote between him and fellow bombshell, Ellie Spence, for who they'd like to see enter first. Read on for how to cast your bombshell vote...

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Ellie Spence

Name: Ellie Spence| Age: 23 | Job: Business Development Executive

Business Development Exec, Ellie Spence is set to be our first blonde bombshell. The 25-year-old promising to bring 'unpredictability' to the vibe, which is always a good trait for a bombshell to have if you ask us!

The Norwich local says she's 'super caring' but can be somewhat of a liability, so it'll be interesting to see what her arrival does to the villa dynamic! 

While she was announced alongside Tom, with fans getting the opportunity to choose who they wanted to see enter the villa first, she has not yet made her dramatic entrance. Instead, two new bombshells have been confirmed and teased to enter in Love Island's First Look.

So far it's unclear when Ellie will now enter the show, but since she's already confirmed, it's likely she'll arrive in the next few days - or perhaps she'll be included in the Casa Amor lineup.

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Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown

Name: Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown | Age: 25 | Job: Model and Property Developer

Joining the 2023 line-up is 25-year-old, London local Zara—who is set to bring 'sass' and good energy. She's a model/ property developer who, like a few of our other islanders, had a claim she fame—having featured in music videos for artists like Headie One and Aitch, according to the Daily Mail (opens in new tab)!

Zara describes herself as a "massive hype girl," adding: "I'm very complimentary so I hope to keep the vibes up in the villa. I'll also bring spice, I'm a bit different and I don't think there's anyone in there that's like me so I reckon I'll keep things interesting."

She also claimed to be very loyal, which will no doubt help her befriend the villa girls but admitted: "I sometimes put others before myself. But this is Love Island so I’m not going to go in there and let the girls take over because in the past I’ve been like, ‘If you like him, you have him’.""

As for her love life IRL, Zara described it as 'shambolic' but hopes Love Island could see her luck change—we can't wait to see how she gets on in the villa!

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David Salako

Name: David Salako | Age: 24 | Job: Money Adviser

Accompanying Zara into the villa is 24-year-old David Salako from Essex, who described himself as being 'good vibes,' adding: "Listen, there's only one David Salako." We love the confidence.

As for what he's looking for in the villa, David says: " 'I'm very picky—I haven't met the right one yet. The person you're going to meet is never going to be perfect, but I've got my standards, yeah."

He's also not looking for an Oasis fan apparently, citing one of his icks as, "When girls sing-along all messy to songs like Wonderwall in the bar."

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How to vote for the Love Island bombshells

So, in a new twist, Love Island bosses have given viewers a chance to vote for which bombshell (either Tom or Ellie) they want to see enter the villa first. 

To cast your vote, all you need to do is head over to the Love Island voting app and select vote before 9 pm on January 13th—when the vote closes.

We could also see this new interactive element continue throughout the series, whenever a new bombshell is set to enter. So keep your eye on Love Island's Instagram page for updates!

In past seasons, many of the Love Island bombshells did go on to become fan favorites after entering the villa—including the likes of Molly-Mae Hague and Maura Higgins from season 5 and Millie Court and Chloe Burrows from Love Island 2021.

In fact, Molly-Mae has been named one of the most popular Love Island bombshells of all time swiftly followed by her IRL best friend Maura and season 3's Chris Hughes!

How many Love Island bombshells are there per season?

During Love Island 2022, we saw 13 bombshells make dramatic villa entrances, excluding the Casa Amor islanders (of which there are usually 10—five girls and five boys).

Similarly, Love Island 2021 saw 14 bombshells enter the competition (also not including the Casa Amor lineup), so we can assume the winter season will see a similar number of islanders do the iconic slow-mo walk, once the show kicks off!

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.


Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.