REALITY TV fans cannot wait for the brand new season of Love Island to hit our screens.

After a three year break, the winter version of the hit ITV2 show is back on the box – and there is a brand new host in charge.

Who is hosting Love Island 2022?

The winter version of Love Island 2023 will take place in Cape Town, South Africa.

The new series will be hosted by presenter of the moment, Maya Jama.

She got the job after previous host Laura Whitmore shocked fans when she resigned in August 2022.

Laura began hosting the reality TV show ahead of the 2020 Winter series following the death of former host, Caroline Flack.

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Maya was then as announced as the new presenter of Love Island in October 2022.

She will be joined on the show by villa veteran – and Laura's husband – Iain Stirling.

The Scotsman has narrated Love Island since the show was revived in 2015.

What has Maya Jama said?

Maya Jama has seen a meteoric rise to fame, and has become one of Britain's most sought after stars.

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Speaking to ITV about getting the Love Island job, she said: "It’s really, really exciting. It’s been a weird feeling because you find out and then it’s the wait and the build up.

"I just can’t wait for it to start. I’m counting down
the seconds and the days to get to South Africa.

Maya went on: "I’ve been a fan for years. It was the first reality show, other than Big Brother, that I made sure I was back at a certain time to watch and all my friends and family were speaking about.

"Everyone gets involved, everyone has opinions – from the older people in your family to the younger ones.

"It’s just fun, it’s fun to see how people play out in different situations and wonder what you would do if you were in the same position.

"Most of us have had a bit of a holiday romance before and it’s like watching that on telly."

When does Love Island start?

Love Island kicks off on Monday January 16, 2022 at 9pm on ITV2.

Episodes will also be available to watch on ITVX.

A source said: “Love Island bosses have planned for the show to start on Blue Monday – which is bound to give fans a massive lift on such a gloomy day.!

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