Will Eyal woo hit show’s view­ers?

As Love Is­land re­turns, Rosa Do­herty as­sesses his prospects

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

EYAL BOOKER, the first Jewish con­tes­tant to take part in the re­al­ity show Love Is­land, will be look­ing for a girl to make his Is­raeli mother proud and will not stand for bul­ly­ing, his brother has told the JC.

Tal Booker pre­dicted what his 22-yearold sib­ling might get up to on the hugely suc­cess­ful ITV2 pro­gramme.

An av­er­age of 2.95 mil­lion view­ers watched the first episode on Mon­day — more than dou­ble the au­di­ence for last year’s launch show.

In the first week of episodes, view­ers saw Mr Booker — who grew up in Bushey, Hert­ford­shire, and is a for­mer JFS pupil who later stud­ied at Sylvia Young Theatre School — cou­ple up with Hay­ley Hughes from Liver­pool.

Mr Booker’s brother, Tal, said: “Eyal has al­ways loved per­fom­ing. He was a model and a singer. He was al­ways des­tined to be a star. He com­mands at­ten­tion and can charm any­one.

“We have known about him go­ing in for some time so it is great to fi­nally be able to talk about it.”

The sib­lings live with older brother Ariel in St John’s Wood, North West London.

Tal pre­dicted that Mr Booker, who is a model with more than 65,000 fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram and once toured the UK in a band, would end up with Ms Hughes.

“He likes blondes who are prob­a­bly a lit­tle bit more on the nat­u­ral side,” he said be­fore the first episode aired.

“He is not a one-night-stand kind of guy and is suited to be­ing in re­la­tion­ships. He has a thing for girls who are un­der­stated and pretty.”

Ac­cord­ing to Tal, Mr Booker’s down­sides are that he “will stay in a re­la­tion­ship for too long, giv­ing it his best shot. He falls in love eas­ily.”

Be­fore ar­riv­ing on the is­land, Mr Booker said he was tak­ing part be­cause he was “look­ing for love”.

He said: “I have had quite a few re­la­tion­ships in my time, none have ever lasted that long and now I’m at a point where I’d ac­tu­ally like to find one that can last.”

It re­mains to be seen over the next eight weeks whether Mr Booker and Ms Hughes (right) will last the dis­tance with the for­mat of the show de­signed to test their com­mit­ment, loy­alty and com­pat­i­bil­ity.

The Love Is­land con­tes­tants live un­der the con­stant eye of the cameras, and have to cou­ple up to avoid be­ing elim­i­nated.

Be­fore en­ter­ing the villa, Mr Booker ad­mit­ted he was “a bit ner­vous” about “my par­ents, my sis­ter and my gran see­ing some­thing that they don’t nec- es­sar­ily want to see. Be­sides that, I’m ex­cited”.

While Jewish val­ues and iden­tity are im­por­tant to him, it is more im­por­tant that he is happy, ac­cord­ing to Tal.

“Our mum is Is­raeli and that will come through on the show at some point, I am sure. Is­rael can of­ten be con­tro­ver­sial to men­tion but Eyal is very con­nected to it.

“He loves Is­rael and Jewish val­ues are very im­por­tant to him so I am sure it will come up.”

In 2013, at the age of 18, Mr Booker told the JC how he in­ter­rupted his per­for­mance sched­ule with his band EverYoung to ob­serve Yom Kip­pur at Bushey Syn­a­gogue.

He said of the band’s tour: “We walk into schools and gigs as no­bod­ies, and then we leave with girls scream­ing and cry­ing. It’s pretty crazy and a dream come true to see fans singing back your lyrics.

“I’m hav­ing the time of my life.”

Eyal loves Is­rael, and Jewish val­ues are im­por­tant’

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