Jun 4, 2024 - Dating

Charlotte bottle girl, exceptionally tall Winston-Salem man among sexy singles on "Love Island USA"


Coye Simmons (left) and Hannah Smith (right). Photos courtesy of NBCUniversal

A Charlotte bottle server and Winston-Salem school district employee are looking for connections on the reality TV show "Love Island USA."

Why it matters: Charlotte loves seeing its people on TV, especially reality dating shows. Netflix filmed the most recent seasons of "The Ultimatum" and "Love is Blind" here, and we've had a couple of contestants rep us on "The Bachelor."

The intrigue: "Love Island" is a cultural spectacle that originated in the U.K., with spin-offs in Spain, Australia and the U.S.

  • Fans are dedicated to the time commitment this show requires, as multiple episodes drop per week. Season 6 of the U.S. version will have 198 total hours of content.

Catch up quick: Ten singles shack up on a villa in Fiji to explore deep connections and find love.

  • But, as new "bombshells" enter the villa, contestants may be tempted to recouple with someone new. Anyone left alone risks being dumped from the island.

Meet the contestants from North Carolina and some fun facts, courtesy of Peacock.

Coye Simmons is a 28-year-old school district unit director from Winston-Salem with a size 17 shoe.

  • He doesn't need to lie on his dating apps because he's 6'8". All his clothes and shoes are custom. He doesn't remember the last time he shopped at the mall.
  • He played basketball in college on a scholarship and went pro in Germany.
  • He loves the outdoors and hiking.
  • His celebrity crush is Kim Kardashian.

Hannah Smith is 26 years old, with looks reminiscent of a Kardashian. Concord is her hometown, but she currently lives in Charlotte.

  • She loves to travel but hates turbulence.
  • Her clumsiness earned her the nickname "Goofy."
  • She has sweatier hands and feet than the average person (diagnosis: hyperhidrosis).
  • She's crushing on Odell Beckham Jr. and Michael B. Jordan.
  • Her red flag in male prospects? Lack of communication.

What's next: The new season of "Love Island USA" premiers on Peacock Tuesday, June 11. Episodes are released daily at 6pm during premiere week, and Thursdays through Tuesdays after that.


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