Kem Cetinay, the winner of the summer’s hottest TV phenomenon, burst onto our screens in 2017 on the ITV2 smash hit show ‘Love Island’.
A cheeky chap from Essex, Kem captivated the nation with his humour, palpable charm and sensitivity. His infectious bromance with Chris Hughes became television gold and viewers watched as the pair supported each other through finding love in the villa.
Off the back of their hit television debut, Kem and Chris went on to star in a successful ITV2 spin off show Straight Outta Love Island. It followed their friendship and joint passion for grime and hip-hop music, the boys were signed by Sony Music/Relentless Records and released their track ‘Little Bit Leave It’ which went straight into the iTunes chart at number one and was the highest week one chart position for a debut artist of the year.
In early 2018, Kem bought his infectious energy to ITV’s Dancing on Ice and reached the semi-finals, placing fourth in the competition.
Over the summer, Kem became the co-host of the popular ‘The Morning After’ podcast, alongside Arielle Free. The new official Love Island podcast ranked #1 in the charts and featured all the latest gossip and reactions from the ITV2 show.
Airing in July 2018, Kem then reunited with Chris to front a new ITV2 entertainment show You vs Chris and Kem. The format puts Chris and Kem’s teamwork to the test, as they’re taken out of their comfort zones by viewers provoking their competitive spirit in a series of ludicrous challenges.
Prior to Kem’s appearance on Love Island, he had a successful career as a barber and now Kem is going back to his roots, creating Kem Cuts, one of the first franchises launched on IGTV. Mixing great chat with a great cut, each episode will feature a celebrity guest who will sit in the chair for a trim and a chat.
Since winning Love Island, Kem has been open about his struggle with anxiety and is passionate about using his platform to help reach young people with a positive message around mental health. He has partnered with Childline as their first Mental Health Campaigner and is working alongside them to spread the message about the counselling services and support that the charity has to offer young people and teens in need.