These are the most popular Love Island bombshells of all time—including a 2022 addition

Who are the most popular Love Island bombshells of all time?From Molly-Mae and Maura to Zara and Megan...who has nabbed the top spot?

Molly-Mae Hague, Maura Higgins and Megan Barton Hanson
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The Love Island 2022 season reminded us that without the Love Island bombshells—namely, the sexy singletons who enter the villa during the series itself—there would be a whole lot less drama, with their surprise, sashaying entrances causing more twist and turns than even Casa Amor. What's more, these new islanders can even emerge victorious, with this year's winners Davide Sanclimenti and Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu arriving onto the show after its launch.

As Love Island season eight proved, some bombshells make more of an impact than others. The shock arrival of former contestant Adam Collard made Charlie Radnedge's (remember him? Probably not) appearance quickly pale into insignificance. But how much of a mark they leave in the sunny Spanish idyll certainly correlates to how popular they are after they return to real life. Indeed, it's probably slipped your mind that they were never part of the show's original line-up at all.

As such, new data (opens in new tab) has revealed which ex-Love Island bombshells still turn our heads on social media—even years after departing the show. According to the statistics, which were compiled by analyzing each former contestant's follower count and their estimated earnings per social media post, the top 20 most influential stars span series two right up to the current year.

Coming in at first place is Molly-Mae Hague, who you may be surprised to re-learn was a bombshell when she caught now-boyfriend Tommy Fury's eye. The creative director for Pretty Little Thing has over 6.4 million followers on Instagram, and is believed to earn up to £17,766.95 per post.

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Next is, of course, Maura Higgins—who has a following of 3.5 million on Instagram and pockets an estimated £9,784.98 per post. She has been similarly busy since the villa, striking deals with brands including Boohoo and Ann-Summers.

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Third on the list, but first among the male bombshells, is Chris Hughes. He has a following of 2.2 million on Instagram, and nabs up to £6,230.01 per post. These days he presents horse racing on ITV alongside other on-screen commitments.

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Among the other most successful former bombshells were last year's winner Millie Court, who recently split with Liam Reardon. There's also Ovie Soko, Alex Bowen, Kady McDermott and Finn Tapp.

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Interestingly, series four produced the greatest number of popular bombshells. Zara McDermott, Megan Barton Hanson, Georgia Steel, Ellie Brown, Kazimir Crossley, Josh Denzel, Alexandra Cane and Jack Fowler all ranked high. I know, it's hard to believe these familiar faces almost didn't appear on our screen at all...

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With the Love Island UK 2022 final, only time will tell how many of the latest crop of bombshells will go down in social media history. However, one has already made the cut—Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, perhaps unsurprisingly, placed an impressive 14th in the rankings.

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The recent islander has accumulated over 1.2 million followers, with the potential to earn up to £3,377.53 per post. We explored her unique, feisty appeal and why she's been a breath of fresh air—maybe she'll eventually even knock Queen Molly-Mae off her top spot?

Lauren Clark

Lauren is a freelance writer and editor with more than six years of digital and magazine experience. Most recently, she has been the Acting Commissioning Editor of Women's Health—where she co-produced the Going For Goal podcast—and has previously also written news and features for titles including The Telegraph, Grazia, Stylist, Dazed, The Sun's Fabulous, Yahoo Style UK and Get The Gloss. She covers all aspects of lifestyle, specializing in health, beauty, and travel. Can't live without: oat milk lattes, new podcast episodes, long walks, and great skincare.