Get all your news in one place.
100’s of premium titles.
One app.
Start reading
Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
Victoria Scheer

Love Island's AJ Bunker spills beans on racy audition process ahead of new season

With Love Island set to return to our screens next month, former contestant AJ Bunker has spilled the beans on the racy audition process.

The 29-year-old hair extension technician from Hertfordshire appeared in last year's season which was watched by an average of 3.3million viewers.

AJ was briefly coupled up with teacher Hugo, but sadly the pair did not find lasting love on the ITV2 dating show.

Despite the set back, AJ has opened up about her experience in the villa and revealed exactly what the audition process entails and why all islanders wear sunglasses in the morning.

AJ said had previously been approached by producers five years ago but declined their interview offer as she was in a relationship at the time.

AJ was dumped from the show without finding the love of her life (ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Get the news you want straight to your inbox. Sign up for a Mirror newsletter here

When they reached out again last year, she said she was keen to give it a go even though her spot on the show was not guaranteed.

A rigorous interview process followed with bosses asking her if she was "a sexual person", to rate her bedroom skills, about her sex life and dating tactics.

“They asked how I would catch a guy’s attention - I said I would approach him because in my eyes you’ve got to risk it for a chocolate biscuit,” she told The Sun.

Hugo Hammond and AJ Bunker were briefly in a couple on the show (ITV)

“I think they chose me as a bombshell because I don’t mind chatting up a guy even if he was attached. They based it on my personality.”

She claims she was also asked if she would have sex on TV but AJ, who grew up Catholic, said she told them no as she didn't want to risk angering her priest or mother.

AJ Bunker appeared on Love Island in 2021 (Instagram)
AJ Bunker arrives at the Circus Extreme press night on April 8, 2022 in West Thurrock (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

AJ also revealed that dumping episodes were filmed late at night as it doesn't get dark until late in the evening and Love Island stars are asked to refrain from eating on camera to prevent viewers from having to hear them chew.

Like other contestants, AJ confirmed islanders wore sunglasses early in the morning because they are woken up by a "massive bright light".

  • Love Island's 2022 series will air on June 6 on ITV2

Do you have a story to sell? Get in touch with us at or call us direct at 0207 29 33033.

Sign up to read this article
Read news from 100’s of titles, curated specifically for you.
Already a member? Sign in here
Related Stories
Top stories on inkl right now
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Already a member? Sign in here
Our Picks
Fourteen days free
Download the app
One app. One membership.
100+ trusted global sources.