Love Island 2023: Maya Jama has fans all saying the same thing


We’ve FINALLY got a text! Love Island returns with an early bombshell as sultry new host Maya Jama makes her debut in the South African villa… but viewers are left seething with ITV2 as channel goes into meltdown during first show

  • After an inevitable delay caused by the global spread of COVID-19, the brand new winter series of Love Island kicked off on Monday evening 
  • A series of technical glitches and screen freezes blighted the 90-minute launch, with Love Island returning to Cape Town after a three years absence 
  • Maya Jama won unanimous praise from viewers as she arrived in a sweeping gown with a plunging detail that enhanced her cleavage
  • However viewers were unimpressed with her ITV2 paymasters after the channel went into meltdown within seconds of its return

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After an inevitable delay caused by the global spread of COVID-19, the brand new winter series of Love Island kicked off on Monday evening – but it wasn’t without its fair share of mishaps despite Maya Jama making a flawless debut as the show’s new host.  

The TV and radio presenter, making her villa bow after replacing Laura Whitmore, won unanimous praise from viewers as she arrived in a sweeping gown with a plunging detail that enhanced her cleavage. 

Jama, 28, looked like she’d been presenting the show for years as she oversaw the first group coupling, however viewers were unimpressed with her ITV2 paymasters after the channel went into meltdown within seconds of its return. 

A series of technical glitches and screen freezes blighted the 90-minute launch, with Love Island returning to South Africa’s Cape Town after a three years absence. 

Exciting: The brand new series of Love Island kicked off on Monday evening and new host Maya Jama made her incredible debut in a stunning green plunging maxi dress

Maya took a seat next to the new boys as they gathered around the firepit for the first time time ever as she asked how they were feeling and what they are looking for. 

While the five new girls stood next to the pool of the new villa as they waited to see who would choose to couple up with them.

However, viewers were quick to compliment the host on Twitter, with one commenting: ‘Maya Jama outshining the female contestants, fancy going in and having to stand next to her’. 

Others joked: ‘Step forward if you fancy Maya Jama’ as she stole the show next to the bikini clad singletons. 

‘Maya Jama slaying as always,’ a third wrote. 

Another added: ‘Maya Jama is the best so far… I can’t see this changing’.  

'Slaying': The TV presenter, 28, strutted her stuff in the figure hugging number as she walked into the new South African villa in a sexy slow-mo clip

‘Slaying’: The TV presenter, 28, strutted her stuff in the figure hugging number as she walked into the new South African villa in a sexy slow-mo clip

Dressed to impress: Speaking to the boys, she said: 'Hello boys, you alright, shall we have a little chat?' as they all gushed over how phenomenal she looked

Dressed to impress: Speaking to the boys, she said: ‘Hello boys, you alright, shall we have a little chat?’ as they all gushed over how phenomenal she looked

Incredible: Viewers were quick to take to Twitter to say: 'Maya Jama outshining the female contestants, fancy going in and having to stand next to her'

Incredible: Viewers were quick to take to Twitter to say: ‘Maya Jama outshining the female contestants, fancy going in and having to stand next to her’

'Wow': Others joked: 'Step forward if you fancy Maya Jama' as she stole the show next to the bikini clad singletons

‘Wow’: Others joked: ‘Step forward if you fancy Maya Jama’ as she stole the show next to the bikini clad singletons

The first show of the winter series sent fans into panic as during the premiere episode some viewers noticed their TV suffered a ‘glitch’.  

Fans quickly took to Twitter to ask others if they had the same issue, with one writing that it ‘had them bugging for a minute’

‘WTF was that glitch had me bugging for a minute,’ one fan tweeted, while another wrote: ‘Was I the only one with a TV glitch?’

Concerned: Fans quickly took to Twitter to ask others if they had the same issue, with one writing that it 'had them bugging for a minute'

Concerned: Fans quickly took to Twitter to ask others if they had the same issue, with one writing that it ‘had them bugging for a minute’

Sky made an embarrassing blunder on Monday night as the TV channel used a picture of Laura Whitmore to promote the new Love Island.

The television presenter, 37, stepped away from the ITV2 dating show last year, a role which she took on in 2020.

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