Love Island's Greg O'Shea“I’ve missed out on a good chunk of money, but I’m happy and that’s all that matters.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Last year’s Love Island winner Greg O’Shea told Ray D’Arcy this afternoon that he doesn’t know when the next Irish bombshell will be landing on the Island, but he did say he thinks they are on the hunt for Irish candidates, judging by the amount of people who have got in touch with him for advice on how to clinch the gig:

“A lot of people have got on to me: ‘Any tips for the interviews?’ and stuff like that, so. They’re definitely fishing around Ireland for someone else.”

Greg says he tells anyone who asks there’s no point trying too hard, they either want you for you, or they don’t:

 “It sounds clichéd, but I was literally like, there’s nothing you can do, you just have to be yourself. They’re picking you because of who you are. So don’t try to be something you’re not.”

He was prepared to spill at least one trade secret from behind the scenes at the Love Island shoot, but it’s probably not going to come as a surprise to anyone to hear that “casual” conversations on set are largely staged by the directors of the show:

“Do you know when you see them in certain groups and they’re lying on the bed having a chat, that’s like, they’re told to go have those chats. Like you’re not told what to say, but like you’re told, ‘go over there and ask her about her past boyfriends’ or what you feel or what you look for in a person. That’s not just naturally happening.”

In this year’s competition, Greg has taken a shine to both Conor and Callum and thinks they are doing well so far, but he says it’s much too early days to call a potential winner. Ray suggested to Greg that he didn’t exploit his own win the way he could have:

“I definitely missed out on the whole celebrity lifestyle. I could have gone to London and tried to make things work with Amber and lived in that kind of world but it didn’t feel right for me.”

Greg says he’s put so much work into his Ireland Rugby Sevens career and he was keen to get back training if they are to have any hope of making the Olympics. He told Ray today they’ve a few more hurdles to get through before battling it out with France and Samoa for the final Olympic spot.

“I’ve missed out on a good chunk of money, but I’m happy and that’s all that matters.”

You can hear Greg’s full interview with Ray D’Arcy about his views on Love Island and his ongoing Rugby Sevens career here.

Ruth Kennedy

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