We need to pull you for a chat . . . because the newest Islanders have been announced. Ahead of winter “Love Island”, returning to our screens on Monday, 16 January, ITV2 has given us a glimpse of the cast who will no doubt be dominating our conversations for the foreseeable future.
Series 9 of the reality show, and the second ever winter edition, will be hosted for the first time by Maya Jama, who is taking over from Laura Whitmore who quit “Love Island” last summer. The Islanders will be flown to a South African villa to spend the next few weeks filming slo-mo walks, dramatic recouplings, and donning cringe-worthy outfits for awkward challenges. And we can’t wait.
This year, for the first time, ITV has announced new duty of care measures to support the Islanders and protect their mental health, following years of criticsm. This includes enhanced training on behaviour in relationships and pausing all social media activity for the duration they are on the show. Following the ableist abuse Tasha Ghouri received on social media last summer, and the death threats endured by Luca Bish’s family, this can only be a positive step.
Now, we don’t want to tempt fate, but winter “Love Island” has a successful track record so far. Paige Turley and Finn Tapp won the 2020 series, which aired just before the Covid-19 pandemic, and the couple are still together. Will this series bring just as much romance? And which couple will take the crown from 2022 winners, Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti? You’ll have to wait until Monday to make your predictions. In the meantime, take a look at the winter “Love Island” 2023 cast which we’ll be updating with new bombshells as they arrive.