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Maura Higgins in talks to host Love Island 2022 as bosses look to revamp show

'Producers are keen to keep the show fresh and are keeping their options open'

Maura Higgins (Ian West/PA)

Neasa Cumiskey

Love Island bosses reportedly want Maura Higgins to host next year’s show.

The popular reality dating show returned to our screens in June for its seventh season and wrapped up last Monday, where Millie Court and Liam Reardon were crowned the winners.

Irish presenter Laura Whitmore took on presenting duties for the second time, after taking over from Caroline Flack for the first Winter Love Island in 2020, but only appeared in the villa four times across the summer due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Laura’s husband Iain Stirling has acted as the series’ narrator since 2015, making the couple a dream team for producers.

But Love Island bosses are reportedly looking to revamp the show next summer and apparently have 2019 contestant Maura Higgins and UK television and radio presenter Maya Jama in mind to replace Bray native Laura.

Maura Higgins with Curtis Pritchard on 'Love Island' in July 2019. Picture by Rex

A source told The Sun: “Producers are keen to keep the show fresh and are keeping their options open. They have been impressed with both Maya and Maura, and think either could bring the necessary pizzazz and sexiness to the role.

“They want some-one who is fun and can connect with people. Maura has obviously taken part in the show herself and knows it inside out so could easily relate to contestants and what they are going through.”

“It’s one of the best gigs in showbiz, with a plum six-figure salary and frequent trips to sunny Majorca, so there are plenty of people hungry for the role.”

“Contracts for the job are annual and are renegotiated each series,” the insider added.

ITV have remained tight-lipped about the idea of Maura or Maya becoming the face of Love Island however, with a spokesperson saying: “Laura has done a fantastic job at the helm of the show this year and no discussions have yet taken place with regard to the next series.”

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