Love Island

Barbie stars, documentarians, and Messy Mitch: meet the 12 stars re-entering the Love Island villa

Ex-partners, best friends, and those jilted at Casa Amor; this new batch of islanders have a rich interpersonal history – all of which is detailed over 10 series of Love Island on ITVX.

Taking the place of the winter series, Love Island: All Stars hopes past islanders can forge new connections with each other - their shared experience perhaps leading to a stronger foundation.

Let’s catch up with some old favourites and see what brings them back to old faithful – the Love Island villa…

Love Island for the over 35s to be titled My Mum, Your Dad

Previously titled ‘The Romance Retreat’, the dating show sees single parents over 35 move into an English country home in an effort to find true love.

Each contestant has been nominated for the show by their grown-up children, who will have more of a role in their new dating lives than the parents originally thought…

Meet the contestants of summer Love Island 2023

For the tenth series, the Love Island villa has opened its doors to 10 hopeful singles as they aim to win £50,000 through public vote, and hopefully find love, and a PLT deal, along the way.

After entering the villa, the singles pair into couples and enjoy a few hours of happily partnered bliss before a new “bombshell” enters the villa to steal one half of a couple, leaving someone single. If the single islander isn’t chosen by anyone in the next recoupling, they will be dumped from the island.

ITV releases promo for Winter Love Island 2023

New Love Island host Maya Jama (Credit: ITV/Lifted Entertainment)

Having taken over from Laura Whitmore as host of the reality series, Maya Jama presented the promo, which first aired on 1 January 2023 during ITV's broadcast of the James Bond film No Time To Die.

Jama can be seen mounting a bejewelled, bright pink, bucking bronco before telling viewers: “it’s time to grab love by the horns, I am ready, are you?” 

The official Love Island Twitter account also shared the clip alongside the caption: “Winter just got a whole lot hotter”.

The rumours are true! Maya Jama succeeds Laura Whitmore as host of Love Island

“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," Jama said. "I can’t wait to get into the Villa to meet all of the Islanders."

Jama will take over from Laura Whitmore, who announced in August 2022 that she was leaving the dating show after two years at the helm. She cited "certain elements" of the production that she found "very difficult," including the travel back and forth to South Africa.

ITV2 to relaunch Big Brother in 2023

ITV2 made the announcement during the final of Love Island 2022, dropping a surprise teaser in the final ad break. The iconic Big Brother eye was seen pasted over an ITV2 ident as the theme tune played.

The format will remain largely the same, with a new cast of housemates from all walks of life moving into the Big Brother house for up to six weeks as cameras capture their every move.