In true heatwave style, Love Island fever has us in its grip again.
This year’s show is hotting up particularly fast for York viewers as they root for a contestant with strong links to our city – Georgia Steel.
The 20-year-old is now a drama student in London but went to school in Thirsk and worked in York. Her mother is from the capital but fell in love with and married a Yorkshireman – and the rest is history.
So when she’s not soaking up the sun by the Love Island pool in Mallorca (or working a student job at a Chelsea bar), where does she hang out in York?
Georgia worked at Popworld on George Hudson Street, best known for its cheesy hits and infamous revolving dance floor.
She was a shot girl, keeping York’s clubbers topped up with Jager Bombs and sambuca shots.
Popworld York told us, “Georgia is a pleasure to work with.” Colleagues describe her as “bubbly and supportive”- apparently you can never have a bad shift with Georgia.
Georgia is a big fan of York’s food and drink scene. By day she has posted photos of her feasting on chicken wraps, plates of fries and salad in popular riverside venue Vodka Revolution.
Her favourite city nightspots include Vudu, the small but premier club on Swinegate – her Insta message: “I swear this is where I live when I’m back up north”.
And the Evil Eye is another Steel spot. Here she is in the Stonegate bar, surrounded by an array of colourful cocktails.
Georgia likes a day at York Racecourse – don’t we all? – and naturally gets dressed up for the occasion.
But after all the York partying, eventually you have to hit York Station, and head back to that there London.
Georgia’s Love Island story
Georgia entered the villa June 6, and was coupled up with Niall Aslam.
However, disaster struck for Georgia when Niall unexpectedly quit the show on the 12th June due to unreleased, personal reasons.
An ‘emergency recoupling’ was summoned and Georgia ended up being paired up with new addition to the villa: 27-year-old Josh Denzel.
In a recent episode Georgia received heated criticism from the public for her baking skills, after she made a cake for Josh’s birthday.
Twitter users slammed her cake creation suggesting it resembled a “cat litter tray”, due to her questionable decision to sprinkle coco pops on the cake: an unusual choice of garnish by anyone’s standards.
However, baking disasters aside, Georgia has been praised by fans for opening up about her own fears of showing vulnerability, as she has admitted that she has a tendency to be reluctant about exposing her emotions when she is involved romantically with people.
Georgia stated on the show that growing up, “she has always been taught to be strong” and so struggles to reveal her softer side.
Viewers are yet to see if she can overcome these obstacles to find love with Josh or whether the couple will hit the rocks.
Whatever happens, York will be ready to welcome back the Love Island star, although it is yet to be seen if she will make a return to Popworld, or if she will be moving onto bigger things.