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Love Island announces two big names for podcast and Aftersun panel

With the countdown officially on for the winter series of Love Island 2023, ITV has announced two celebrities who will be joining the podcast The Morning After, as well as the panel on Aftersun.

It has been confirmed that Love Island star Indiyah Polack and Made in Chelsea star Sam Thompson will be the brand new Love Island podcast hosts and two of Aftersun's regular panellists.

Many will recall Sam, 30, jumping on his Instagram stories as he watched last year's summer series, and now he will be joining the Love Island family as a podcast host.

"It feels like I’m with my family and we’re all in it together and I really like it. We’re all massive fans of the show and it’s really, really nice," he shared.

Indiyah, 23, who found love with contestant Dami Hope, 26, on the show last year, said she "can't explain" how excited she is to be joining Sam on this new venture in her career.

She said: "Not me teaming up with Sam on the Love Island podcast and getting to be a regular panellist on Aftersun.

"I genuinely can't explain how excited I am!! I can't wait to speak to the Islanders and get all the cheeky goss from their friends and families. It's gonna be an insane series, I can’t wait!!”

Mike Spencer, Creative Director of Lifted Entertainment, said of their decision: "I can’t wait to hear what Indiyah and Sam will bring to both the podcast this year and Aftersun, alongside our fantastic new host Maya Jama.

"Sam and Indiyah have passion for the show, natural chemistry and all the chat so you can guarantee to be entertained every day!”

The duo will be joining new host Maya Jama live in London every Sunday night for Love Island: Aftersun, where they’ll deep dive into the latest news from the South African Villa.

It was previously confirmed that the ITV2 dating show is set to hit screens on January 16 at its usual time of 9pm.

Maya, 28, will be stepping into the shoes of former host Laura Whitmore for the first time, as she takes on the role of Love Island's presenter.

In October, Maya confirmed her new role as she shared on social media: "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," before adding in the comments section: "SO BLOODY EXCITED. GET ME ON THAT ISLAND."

It's clear fans can't wait to see Maya's take on the new series, as one fan wrote: "ahhhh finally the presenter we’ve all been waiting for!!!!"

Another shared: "Can't wait to see it, Maya!"

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