Iain Stirling praises Maya Jama as ‘a no-brainer’ who ‘brings loads’ to Love Island

She took over the role of Laura Whitmore as the host of Love Island and Maya Jama has been praised by Laura’s husband and the show’s narrator, Iain Stirling.

Talking about what Maya will bring to the role, Iain says she “brings loads”.

He added she was a natural fit to step into Laura’s shoes, after the Irish presenter left the show last August to pursue other projects, including playing the role of Jenny in West End supernatural thriller A Ghost Story 2.22.

Iain added: “I think [Maya]’s such a no-brainer for it really. She’s got that relationship with that audience and I just think she embodies what the show’s about.

"She's got that relationship with that audience and I just think she embodies what the show's about. I hope she has a nice time.”

In October, ITV announced Maya would be taking over Laura as the host of the north series of the hit reality dating show.

Maya said at the time: "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! I can't wait to get into the villa to meet all of the Islanders."

The 28-year-old is no stranger to presenting, with some of her TV jobs including MTV's The Wrap Up, pre-BRIT Awards red carpet party in 2017, co-hosting The Circle on Channel 4, and Maya's FIFA World Cup Cities for Copa90.

In 2017 at the age of 23 she became the youngest person to host the MOBO Awards.

In her debut on Love Island last week, Maya performed the show's famous slow-motion entrance in a red two-piece crochet outfit.

The star – who dated rapper Stormy in the past and had to shut down rumours of a reconciliation with him after being spotted with him at the end of 2022 – also suggested she has faced difficulties in her past relationships.

She told the 10 new contestants, which include a James Bond actress, a TikTok sensation farmer, and the show’s first partially blind contestant: "Don’t forget, finding your perfect match is never that simple – trust me, I know."

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