By NADIA MENDOZA
Move over Mark: Mario Falcone will pose a threat to the current line-up of males as he joins the cast of The Only Way Is Essex
Mario Falcone appears to have taken advantage of the good weather to maximise his airtime on The Only Way Is Essex.
Lucy Mecklenburgh's boyfriend is set to steal Mark Wright, Kirk Norcross and James Argent's thunder as he joins the show for the third series.
Swanning around in his shorts while filming new scenes for the ITV2 programme, Mario left little to the imagination as he bared his toned torso.
Relishing the sunshine: Mario showed off his buff physique, which will rival fitness fanatic Mark Wright, who has been busy flexing his pecs at boot camp in Ibiza
The 23-year-old exuded an air more suited to Made In Chelsea than TOWIE as he showed off his tan while washing his prized possession.
With Mark also a fitness fanatic, most recently flexing his pecs at boot camp in Ibiza, their rivalry is likely to be a 'battle of the bodies'.
However, there is also a more complex web, with Mark having dated Lucy prior to his doomed romance with former fiancée Lauren Goodger.
Is it really that hot? Mario strips off to wash his beloved car and takes great pleasure in showing off his toned muscles and lean stomach
Finishing touches: Mario throws the bucket of water onto his car as the cameras capture his every move for series three
Friends or foes? Mario and Mark finally come face-to-face in the gym where the club promoter is warned off speaking to his ex Lucy Meckleburgh