Love Island host Maya Jama is set to arrive at the South African villa by helicopter on opening show

Love Island host Maya Jama is set to arrive at the South African villa by helicopter in the ‘biggest budget opening’ in the ITV2 show’s history

Love Island’s brand new host Maya Jama is set to arrive at the South African villa by helicopter in the ‘biggest budget opening’ in the ITV show’s history.

The 28-year-old TV presenter, who was announced as taking over the hosting duties from Laura Whitmore last year, is sure to have an ‘epic’ entrance with her mode of transport.

According to The Mirror, her helicopter ride clocks up the Love Island production budget but producers are happy to splash the cash to see Maya arrive with a bang.

Big budget! Love Island's brand new host Maya Jama is set to arrive at the South African villa by helicopter in the 'biggest budget opening' in the ITV show's history

Big budget! Love Island’s brand new host Maya Jama is set to arrive at the South African villa by helicopter in the ‘biggest budget opening’ in the ITV show’s history

MailOnline has contacted Love Island representatives for comment. 

It comes after Maya said she is looking forward to seeing Casa Amor return to the winter series of Love Island as ‘we all want to know what our partner gets up to on holiday’

The single 28-year-old outlined some of the things she is most excited for ahead of the second ever series filmed in South Africa.

Admitting she has been a fan of Love Island for years, Maya described the show as fun because it is like watching previous ‘holiday romances’ ‘on telly’.

'Epic': The 28-year-old TV presenter, who was announced as taking over the hosting duties from Laura Whitmore last year, is sure to have an 'epic' entrance with her mode of transport

‘Epic’: The 28-year-old TV presenter, who was announced as taking over the hosting duties from Laura Whitmore last year, is sure to have an ‘epic’ entrance with her mode of transport

Exciting: According to The Mirror, her helicopter ride clocks up the Love Island production budget but producers are happy to splash the cash to see Maya arrive with a bang

Exciting: According to The Mirror, her helicopter ride clocks up the Love Island production budget but producers are happy to splash the cash to see Maya arrive with a bang

Talking about what she has always loved about the show as a viewer, Maya explained that it was the first reality show other than Big Brother that she made sure she was back home at to be able to watch.

‘Everyone gets involved, everyone has opinions – from the older people in your family to the younger ones,’ she explained.

#It’s just fun, it’s fun to see how people play out in different situations and wonder what you would do if you were in the same position.

‘Most of us have had a bit of a holiday romance before and it’s like watching that on telly.’

Host: It comes after Maya has said she is looking forward to seeing Casa Amor return to the winter series of Love Island as 'we all want to know what our partner gets up to on holiday'

Host: It comes after Maya has said she is looking forward to seeing Casa Amor return to the winter series of Love Island as ‘we all want to know what our partner gets up to on holiday’

Exciting: The brand new host of the hit ITV2 show has outlined some of the things she is most excited for ahead of the second ever series filmed in South Africa

Exciting: The brand new host of the hit ITV2 show has outlined some of the things she is most excited for ahead of the second ever series filmed in South Africa

And specifically on the topic of wanting to see Casa Amor on this series, Maya added: ‘I feel like that’s one of the best moments.

‘We’d all secretly want to know what our partner gets up to when they’re on a lads’ or girls’ holiday.’

Maya, who has recently insisted she is ‘really, really single’, has previously dated rapper Stormzy and only last year called off her engagement to NBA star Ben Simmons.

Ben popped the question over the festive period in 2021, according to reports, after a whirlwind seven-month romance.

Not long to go! Maya will be hosting her first ever series of Love Island after her predecessor Laura Whitmore quit following the summer season in 2022 (the Islanders are pictured)

Not long to go! Maya will be hosting her first ever series of Love Island after her predecessor Laura Whitmore quit following the summer season in 2022 (the Islanders are pictured)

Her relationship with Stormzy, who she dated for four years came to an end in 2019, with Stormzy previously confessing to ‘disrespecting’ and being ‘inconsiderate’ towards her.

And the presenter, 28, called things off with basketball player Ben, 26, in August last year to focus on her career.

Maya will be hosting her first ever series of Love Island after her predecessor Laura Whitmore quit following the summer season in 2022.

Host: Maya has taken over the coveted Love Island hosting gig from Laura Whitmore and is preparing to make her debut as Love Island host at the coveted villa in South Africa

Single and ready to mingle: While it’s been recently rumoured she had rekindled her romance with ex Stormzy, Maya Jama has insisted she’s ‘really, really single’

Sad news: Last year Maya also broke off her engagement to basketball star Ben Simmons, after the pair struggled to maintain a long-distance relationship

Ex: Maya has previously dated rapper Stormzy, and only last year called off her engagement to NBA star Ben Simmons (pictured together)

The newest series is launching on January 16. 

‘It feels amazing,’ Maya said. ‘It’s really, really exciting. It’s been a weird feeling because you find out and then it’s the wait and the build up.

‘I just can’t wait for it to start. I’m counting down the seconds and the days to get to South Africa.’

On what she thinks makes a good Islander, Maya said: ‘Someone that’s looking for love, someone with a lively personality, somebody who is open and shares their feelings, but also someone that’s not afraid to keep their options open and test the waters.

‘Just someone that’s willing to get stuck in and get fully involved in every bit of the experience and all the challenges. Make the most of it!

‘And allow it to be a proper test and see if your relationship can carry on through that, rather than play it safe. I think that’s what makes the best Islander.’

And on who she believes could make a surprise return like Adam Collard did last year, Maya says she hopes Theo Campbell from series three could make a good addition.

She said: ‘I found him [Theo] hilarious. That line about ‘leave with them’ – it was that. We were all feeling it and Theo actually said it. You need that honesty sometimes!’

LOVE ISLAND 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

Tanya Manhenga 

Name: Tanya Manhenga

Age: 22

Location: Liverpool

Occupation: Student and model

Something not many people know about her: ‘I have Vitiligo, which is a skin pigmentation, you may not even notice it.’

‘It’s on my lip and I have a stripe on my hair. Not many people know that but I think it’s quite cute.’

‘I don’t care about covering it up all the time, I think it’s a vibe.’

Lana Jenkins 

Name: Lana Jenkins

Age: 25

Location: Luton

Occupation: Makeup artist

Something not many people know about her: ‘In my work as a makeup artist I’ve worked with lots of celebrities.

‘Also, when I was 6-years-old I used to live in Spain and I was in an episode of Benidorm as an extra.’

Anna-May Robey

Anna-May Robey 

Name: Anna-May Robey

Age: 20

Location: Swansea

Occupation: Payroll assistant

Something not many people know about her: ‘I went on a date once and I never saw him again.’

‘We went for food and shared a bottle of wine. As I was speaking to him he fell asleep!’

‘I had to clink his wine glass to wake him up.’

Tanyel Revan

Tanyel Revan

Name: Tanyel Revan

Age: 26

 Location: North London

Occupation: Hair stylist

Something not many people know about her: ‘My celebrity crush is Channing Tatum – I don’t like pretty boys, they give me the ‘ick’ because they always have a crap personality.’

‘Channing Tatum is handsome but not too pretty. He’s manly and he can dance.’

‘If a man can dance I’m in love with him straight away.’

Olivia Hawkins

Olivia Hawkins

Name: Olivia Hawkins

Age: 27

 Location: Brighton

Occupation: Ring girl and actress

Something not many people know about her: ‘I did a film with Jason Statham and had a nice 10-minute convo about life.’

‘I’ve been a ring girl for KSI, I played a waitress in James Bond with Daniel Craig and I’ve also been a body double for Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson.’

Kai Fagan 

 Name: Kai Fagan

Age: 24

Location: Manchester

Occupation: Science and PE teacher

Something not many people know about him: ‘I’m a Jamaican citizen. Because of that I played rugby 7s for Jamaica.’

‘I play semi-professional rugby now for Burnage RFC.’

‘I’ve technically got three different degrees and went to three different unis.’

Ron Hall

Ron Hall

 Name: Ron Hall

Age: 25

Location: Essex

Occupation: Financial advisor 

Something not many people know about him: ‘On meeting me, you’d never know I am blind in one eye.’

‘It was the result of a football injury when I was 8. I’ve got two different coloured eyes, one blue and one green.’

Will Young

Will Young

 Name: Will Young

Age: 23

Location: Buckinghamshire

Occupation: Farmer

Something not many people know about him: ‘Every night I light a candle and meditate for 20-25 minutes.’

‘A girl I was seeing told me to meditate, I tried it and loved it. I stopped seeing her and carried on meditating!

‘It’s a nice way to self reflect.’ 

Shaq Muhammad

Shaq Muhammad

Name: Shaq Muhammad

Age: 24

 Location: London

Occupation: Airport security officer

Something not many people know about her: ‘I’m a very emotional person. It can be a blessing and a curse.’  

‘Every time I watch Dear John I cry. 

That’s my favourite film. Any time I’m with someone and they say, ‘Let’s watch a romantic film’, I’m like, ‘How about Dear John, how does that sound?’

Haris Namani

Haris Namani

Name: Haris Namani

Age: 21

 Location: Doncaster

Occupation: TV salesman

Something not many people know about her: ‘I’ve never found love. I think this is the show that can help me.’

‘It’s the best opportunity for me to find the girl and find the right one. I’ve obviously not found the right one myself.’

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