A young Irish impersonator who has won rave reviews of Love Island contestants has revealed how bosses of the show loved her take-offs so much they asked her to audition for the programme.
Cork woman Hayley Ryan (23) has become a hit on Tik Tok with her impersonations of the likes of Maura Higgins and Molly Mae Hague, having first created a stir on Instagram two years ago.
As the countdown continues to the launch of the new series, on June 28, Hayley has revisited the contestants from the show that last aired two years ago - and now she has added our own Laura Whitmore.
"A Love Island producer contacted me during the 2019 show and asked me if I'd like to audition for the next series, after she saw my videos," recalls Hayley (23), from Douglas, Co Cork.
"I was in my last year in college (doing PE and Irish in UCC) and I wanted to finish that. I then got a job teaching (PE in Youghal)."
But she says: "You can't really teach if you're going on to Love Island, so you'd have to give that up."
So Hayley is ruling out appearing on the show anytime in the future because, even though she loves it, she doesn't think it would suit her.
"God love me, I don't think I'd find anyone on it," she giggles.
"Once you kind of enter that, you won't be going back to your job. I wanted that year of experience of teaching anyway.
"I was always saying I'd get my year of teaching done and then see what the world hands down. I couldn't go on it though, I don't think I could. I wouldn't like that kind of scene, there's a lot of pressure.
"I don't think it does a lot of them any good. They are very into their looks. Nothing is imperfect and I wouldn't like that person in myself."
Hayley is currently single and is choosy about what type of guy she'd go for.
"They'd have to have a bit of humour anyway for me, that would be important," she stresses. "Tall, dark and handsome, I hate saying that, but that would be the usual.
"I like Anthony Joshua, the boxer. I do like athletic guys. Jesse Lingard (footballer) as well,"
Asked if she'd fancy Tommy Fury, who is still with Molly Mae after they met on the 2019 show, she reflects: "He is gorgeous. But he's away with the fairies. I don't know if I would be able to keep up with him. Molly Mae is still with him and they're still together so it's obviously working for them."
As for Limerickman Greg O'Shea, who won the last series with Amber Gill: "No, Greg would never do it for me.
"I do think Greg went in with a bit of a plan. I don't think he ever liked Amber. Then he ended up winning it. I don't know, he's too much of a pretty boy. He's lovely and he's Irish, so we have to be nice to him.
"I think he actually wanted Maura when he went in and then she obviously wasn't having him."
She has found a new avenue with her impersonations with Tik Tok.
"Love Island doesn't start for a couple of weeks but I decided to release it (a new video) now," she explains. "I only recently started with Tik Tok and it's been going well, so I got back into it really.
"I've done Georgia, Ellie, Maura, Molly and I do Laura Whitmore, even though she wasn't in it but will be in the new one. The last girl I did was Sophie.
"I can do a good few from previous years."
Hayley, who plays camogie for the Cork intermediate team and also Gaelic football, concurs that there is a lack of female impersonators in Ireland.
She says: "I've always been able to do accents. I would have done drama years ago when I was younger and then the accents are kind of handy for that, and as I got older I kind of realised I could impersonate people. Just from watching shows.
"I play a lot of sports and I'd end up impersonating someone or taking off the coach; or in school, impersonating the teacher when they left the room."
She would love to meet Maura and is delighted the Longford lass's Twitter account 'liked' her impersonation of her.
"I just think she is so funny, she is hilarious. I don't think anyone wouldn't want to meet her, she's just hilarious," she beams.
Haley, who is 5'3" and has strawberry blonde hair with highlights, admits that finding a man in lockdown has been difficult.
"I do get the odd few asking me out, I'll have to wait and see," she muses. "It's hard during lockdown. I have been on Tinder, I'm off it now. I wouldn't be against those things. I would never go on a dating show though. Hopefully, I will meet someone, you never know what will happen."
But she's all geared up for the new season of Love Island, which had to be pulled last summer over Covid, and this season's contestants are already in quarantine in Mallorca.
"I'll be hooked, I think everybody will be hooked," she stresses.
"People are just waiting for it to come back at this stage.
"I'd love to see an Irish person on it again hopefully. Maura was brilliant, the fact that she was so popular is brilliant."