Love Island stars’ Instagram followings rocket ahead of show’s launch tonight

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Love Island is back on our screens tonight after 18 months.

And fans already can't get enough of the 11 stars of the new series, with viewers rushing to social media to follow some of their favourite contestants ahead of the seventh series of the ITV2 dating show.

And some of the hopefuls – which includes Sharon Gaffka, Aaron Francis, Liberty Poole and Jake Cornish among others this year- are set to be fan favourites from the get go – with one Islander's followers increasing by over 1,100 per cent in just a week after it was confirmed they would be the first contestant with a physical disability to ever appear on the programme.

Hugo's already a fan favourite – and the series hasn't even started yet
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Hugo Hammond had just 1,548 followers before he was announced as a contestant on the show, but now his followers are over 18,800 while Brad McClelland now boasts 29,100 followers, compared to just 2,315 hours before.

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Meanwhile, Shannon Singh was already popular on social media but she's seen a huge 38,000 increase in followers and now has an impressive 191,000 people following her, analysis from Angelic Diamonds with the Social Blade and Influencer Marketing Hub has revealed.

Kaz Kamwi's followers have also by over 10,000, going from 60,928 to 72,800 in just seven days.

Shannon's also popular with Love Island fans
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And the show has a host of celeb fans ready to tune in at 9pm tonight, with Holly Willoughby admitting she can't wait to watch the programme in front of the sofa this evening.

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As she and Philip Schofield appeared on This Morning earlier today, Holly said her "day got 100 per cent better" knowing the show was on.

"I am so excited! When I woke up this morning, I genuinely forgot it was today. My day got 100 per cent better knowing," she said.

Laura Whitmore is ready for the show's return!
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Love Island returns tonight with labourer Brad at 9/4 favourite for the boys and Shannon Singh 11/4 favourite for the girls, whilst host Laura Whitmore has been busy preparing for the show in a blue and white patterned mini-dress with purple and green heels.

And to complete the look, Laura accessorised with a large sparkly hair pin, which spells out the classic Love Island catch phrase: "My Type On Paper."

*Love Island series 7 launches tonight at 9pm on ITV2