Love Island reveals first look at new host Maya Jama in anticipation of South Africa series – and she is glowing!

Now Christmas is done, it’s officially time to get excited about Love Island.

ITV has dropped a brand new trailer ahead of the show’s return to South Africa next month, unveiling the first glimpse at our new host, Maya Jama, who takes over the reins from Laura Whitmore.

Maya, 28, looks radiant as hell in the five-second preview, aptly dressed in a black sequined jumpsuit with gold embellished star sign detailing.

The teaser is set to air during tonight’s episode of Emmerdale, where viewers will also be treated to another sneaky clip featuring a velvet bejewelled bucking bronco.

Of course, Maya, who has been dubbed the show’s official love motivator, will be encouraging both this year’s Islanders as well as the fans at home to go and grab love by the horns.

Maya Jama on Love Island
Maya Jama is here to help us all find love (Picture: ITV)

Maya Jama
The television host will make her Love Island debut when the series returns in January (Picture: ITV)

Maya was announced as the new Love Island host in October after weeks of speculation.

‘I’ve always been such a massive Love Island fan and I’m so excited to be hosting one of the nation’s favourite shows!’ she enthused at the time.

‘I can’t wait to get into the villa to meet all of the islanders.’

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Laura has already thrown her support behind Maya, writing on Instagram: ‘Yes girl!! So delighted for you! You’re gonna be fab❤️x.’

that she would be stepping down from her role on the series after two years at the helm.

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Maya replaces Laura Whitmore as Love Island presenter (Picture: ITV)

The 37-year-old had fronted the programme, and its spin-off series Aftersun, since 2020 after the death of the show’s former presenter Caroline Flack.

Paul Mortimer, director of reality programming and acquisitions and controller at ITV2, ITVBe and CITV, said that finding a new presenter to replace Laura was ‘never going to be easy’.

‘In Maya Jama though, we have another high-profile fan of the show who’ll be a great addition to the Love Island family,’ he added.

‘Cool, charming and charismatic, I speak for us all when I say Maya will also bring a unique presenting style to the show, as did Laura and, of course, the very much missed Caroline Flack. We’re very pleased to have her on board.’

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