Love Island UK season nine: Where Australians can watch the new season

Where Australians can watch Love Island UK season nine: As 11 singletons head to the villa, here’s the best way to catch up on the action Down Under

Aussie fans will be able to watch Love Island UK just a day after its launch in Britain.

The winter edition of the hit dating show will be available to stream on 9Now, premiering on January 18, with new episodes dropping daily.

Leaving behind the chilly January temperatures in the UK, 11 singletons will head to sun-soaked Cape Town, with new host Maya Jama taking over presenting duties from Laura Whitmore.

Aussie fans will be able to watch Love Island UK just a day after its launch in Britain. The winter edition of the hit dating show will be available to stream on 9Now, premiering on January 18, with new episodes dropping daily. (Pictured: model and student Tanya Manhenga)

Pictured: Love Island's first-ever partially sighted contestant, Ron Hall

Aussie fans will be able to watch Love Island UK just a day after its launch in Britain. The winter edition of the hit dating show will be available to stream on 9Now, premiering on January 18, with new episodes dropping daily. (Pictured: model and student Tanya Manhenga, left, and the show’s first-ever partially sighted contestant, Ron Hall, right)

Leaving behind the chilly January temperatures in the UK, 11 singletons will head to sun-soaked Cape Town, with new host Maya Jama taking over presenting duties from Laura Whitmore. (Pictured: boxing ring girl and actress Olivia Hawkins)

Leaving behind the chilly January temperatures in the UK, 11 singletons will head to sun-soaked Cape Town, with new host Maya Jama taking over presenting duties from Laura Whitmore. (Pictured: boxing ring girl and actress Olivia Hawkins)

Funnyman Iain Stirling returns as the narrator with his famed commentary set to make audiences laugh as islanders cause drama in the villa.

A celeb body double, a farmer and the show’s first partially-sighted contestant have been confirmed as the first ten singletons heading to the villa.

Boxing ring girl and actress Olivia Hawkins, 27, who’s claim to fame is standing in for Michelle Keegan on the set of a fashion ad, is among the Islanders moving into the luxury South African villa on January 16.

Alongside Olivia, the show has signed their first ever partially-sighted contestant, Ron Hall, 26, while biomedical science student Tanya Manhenga, 22, PE teacher Kai Fagan, 24, makeup artist Lana Jenkins, 25, payroll assistant Anna-May Robey, 20, farmer Will Young, 23, Tanyal Revan, 26, a hair stylist, airport security officer Shaq Muhammad, 24, and TV salesman Haris Namani, 21, were also unveiled on Monday

Love on the mind: While she has had some career highs, Olivia is now focusing on her personal life. 'I¿m 27 and I¿ve never been in a relationship'

Love on the mind: While she has had some career highs, Olivia is now focusing on her personal life. ‘I’m 27 and I’ve never been in a relationship’

Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson body double Olivia Hawkins already has a string of reality star pals including Sam Faiers, while she stood in for Brassic star Michelle while shooting an ad for the actress’ Very campaign in 2017.

The stunning brunette has also starred in music videos for Craig David and DJ Tom Zanetti and been a backing dancer for Charli XCX at Wembley.

‘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,’ she explains of her varied career. 

Career: 'I did a film with Jason Statham. 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,' says Olivia

Career: ‘I did a film with Jason Statham. 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,’ says Olivia 

Model: Olivia has also worked with fashion brand PrettyLittleThing and starred in music videos for Craig David and DJ Tom Zanetti

Model: Olivia has also worked with fashion brand PrettyLittleThing and starred in music videos for Craig David and DJ Tom Zanetti

While she has had some career highs, Olivia is now focusing on her personal life. ‘I’m 27 and I’ve never been in a relationship so I feel like now I’m really ready to settle down and hopefully find the love of my life,’ she says.

‘I’ll bring fun, vibes, I’m a very confident, bubbly person…. maybe a little bit of drama!’

Biomedical science student Tanya Manhenga, 22, was the first singleton unveiled on Monday. 

Alongside her studies, Tanya has worked with brands including Boohoo and she is already represented by the talent agency Muse. She boasts 14.2k followers on Instagram.

Maya Jama (pictured) takes over hosting duties from Laura Whitmore this year

Maya Jama (pictured) takes over hosting duties from Laura Whitmore this year

The stunning South African villa will see many singletons couple up

The stunning South African villa will see many singletons couple up

Tanya says she’s excited to raise awareness of her condition, vitiligo, explaining it’s ‘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.’

She adds that she’s looking ‘for a boyfriend and I think being in a Villa with lots of different people will help me work out who it is I may want.’

As for what gives her the ‘ick’? Tanya has very specific turn-offs, exclaiming: ‘Guys that don’t wear socks in the house.’ 

‘Why are your feet flapping all around the house? Guys have huge feet too, yuck. Also, guys in the bathtub with no bubbles, such an ick, no.’

Science and PE teacher Kai Fagan, 24, meanwhile says he’s ‘single by choice’ but is ‘looking for the right girl.’

Singleton: Tanya revealed that she's excited to raise awareness of her condition, vitiligo, explaining it's 'a skin pigmentation, you may not even notice it'

Singleton: Tanya revealed that she’s excited to raise awareness of her condition, vitiligo, explaining it’s ‘a skin pigmentation, you may not even notice it’

Ready for some winter fun: Biomedical science student Tanya Manhenga, 22, meanwhile says she's excited to raise awareness of her condition vitiligo

Ready for some winter sun: Tanya has worked with brands including Boohoo and she is already represented by the talent agency Muse. She boasts 14.2k followers on Instagram

Looking for love: She added that she's looking 'for a boyfriend and I think being in a Villa with lots of different people will help me work out who it is I may want'

Looking for love: She added that she’s looking ‘for a boyfriend and I think being in a Villa with lots of different people will help me work out who it is I may want’

‘I feel like I have quite high expectations. I don’t feel I should commit to someone unless I’m absolutely buzzing over them, because it’s not fair on them,’ the Manchester-based teacher adds.

He says friends and family would describe him as ‘chilled, caring, very impulsive and a good guy. I always put my friends and family first and spend a lot of time with them.’

Kai is a Jamaican citizen, revealing he played rugby 7s for Jamaica while he still plays semi-professional rugby for Burnage RFC in Stockport.

As well as his sporting talents he says he ‘technically has three different degrees and went to three different unis.’

Single and ready to mingle: Science and P.E. teacher Kai from Manchester was announced as the second singleton for the ITV2 show's winter series

Single and ready to mingle: Science and P.E. teacher Kai Fagan, 24, from Manchester was announced as the second singleton

Sporty: Kai is a Jamaican citizen, revealing he played rugby 7s for Jamaica while he still plays semi-professional rugby for Burnage RFC

Sporty: Kai is a Jamaican citizen, revealing he played rugby 7s for Jamaica while he still plays semi-professional rugby for Burnage RFC

Ready for a lesson in love: Teacher Kai says he's 'single by choice' but is 'looking for the right girl'

Ready for a lesson in love: Teacher Kai says he’s ‘single by choice’ but is ‘looking for the right girl’

Makeup artist Lana has her own claim to fame, revealing she appeared in an episode of TV comedy Benidorm when she was six years old and living in Spain, while nowadays her work as a makeup artist sees her mixing with ‘lots of celebrities’.

The 25-year-old also reveals that she falls in love quickly, explaining: ‘I tend to know quite soon if I could fall in love with that person and then, as long as everything is going well, I’ll probably tell them I love them in about a week.’

As for what gives her the ick, it’s over-enthusiastic texters.  

‘I don’t mind people texting me all the time but if you send me question marks if I’ve not replied to you in a while, you’re gone,’ she insists.

Headed to the villa: Makeup artist Lana Jenkins, 25, from Luton was unveiled as the third hopeful looking for love

Headed to the villa: Makeup artist Lana Jenkins, 25, from Luton was unveiled as the third hopeful looking for love 

On the lookout for love: Lana has her own claim to fame, revealing she appeared in an episode of TV comedy Benidorm when she was six-years-old and living in Spain

On the lookout for love: Lana has her own claim to fame, revealing she appeared in an episode of TV comedy Benidorm when she was six-years-old and living in Spain

Stunning: As for what gives her the ick, it's over-enthusiastic texters. 'If you send me question marks if I¿ve not replied to you in a while, you¿re gone,' she insists

Stunning: As for what gives her the ick, it’s over-enthusiastic texters. ‘If you send me question marks if I’ve not replied to you in a while, you’re gone,’ she insists

The one: The 25-year-old also reveals that she falls in love quickly, explaining: 'I¿ll probably tell them I love them in about a week'

The one: The 25-year-old also reveals that she falls in love quickly, explaining: ‘I’ll probably tell them I love them in about a week’

‘That’s a really big red flag for me! Also if I see a guy trip over, that’s an instant turn off.’

The show has signed their first ever partially-sighted contestant, with financial advisor Ron Hall, 26, among the next set of hopefuls looking for love. 

The keen golfer and boxer from Essex is hoping to raise awareness by discussing his disability on screen, following the lead of the show’s first deaf contestant Tasha Ghouri who was a runner-up on the summer 2022 series. 

‘On meeting me, you’d never know I am blind in one eye,’ Ron says. ‘It was the result of a football injury when I was 8; I went in for a header and got kicked in the face.’

‘I’ve got two different coloured eyes, one blue and one green. It’s added to my character, there are so many people that are worse off than me.’

‘And if anything, losing something like that makes you realise that. It’s not hindered me in any shape or form. It’s a good conversation starter I must admit.’

Ron adds that he’ll bring ‘fun and charisma’ to the villa, promising ‘I just want to be naturally myself in there, have good times and make memories. I think people will enjoy my company.’

Heading to the villa! The show has signed their first ever partially-sighted contestant, with Ron Hall, 26, among the next set of hopefuls looking for love

Proud: The keen golfer and boxer from Essex, is hoping to raise awareness by discussing his disability on screen

Proud: The keen golfer and boxer from Essex, is hoping to raise awareness by discussing his disability on screen 

‘I’m the most genuine person you’ll meet. I’m genuine, caring and I’m a nice person – which you don’t find these days.’

Payroll assistant Anna-May Robey from Swansea is also on the lookout for love this series.

‘I want a boyfriend, I want to find someone who makes me laugh,’ the Welsh beauty explains. ‘I’ve been single for quite a while, my mother is bugging me, she’s like, ‘You need to find a boyfriend.”

‘I’m just excited to try something new and I think going on Love Island is a good way to meet someone.’

Welsh beauty: Payroll assistant Anna-May Robey from Swansea is also on the lookout for love this series

Ready to move in: 'I want a boyfriend, I want to find someone who makes me laugh,' the Welsh beauty explains. 'I¿ve been single for quite a while'

Ready to move in: ‘I want a boyfriend, I want to find someone who makes me laugh,’ the Welsh beauty explains. ‘I’ve been single for quite a while’

Anna-May says she’s had some terrible dates in her time, explaining that ‘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.’

Her loved ones would describe the brunette as ‘energetic,’ she says, adding: ‘I’m always running around singing and screaming.’ 

‘My parents are always like, ‘Shut up!’ I work from home all day so I don’t really speak to people in person for two or three days a week, so when my father comes home, he’ll want to sit down and chill out, and I’m there chewing his ear off! I would definitely say I am a chatterbox.’

Unlucky in love: Anna-May says she's had some terrible dates in her time, explaining that 'I went on a date once and as I was speaking to him he fell asleep!'

Life and soul of the party: Her loved ones would describe the brunette as 'energetic,' she says, adding: 'I¿m always running around singing and screaming'

Unlucky in love: Anna-May says she’s had some terrible dates in her time, explaining that ‘I went on a date once and as I was speaking to him he fell asleep!’

Farmer Will Young, 23, from Buckinghamshire is hoping to have the time to dedicate to his love life as he takes a break from his busy job.

‘Having grown up on a farm, it’s been quite difficult juggling relationships and work,’ he explains. ‘Love Island will give me time away from the farm to solely go out and find love.’

‘I think I’m at the time of my life where I’m mature enough to go and find a wife.’

The farmer has a spiritual side, revealing: ‘Every night I light a candle and meditate for 20-25 minutes.’

Country boy: Farmer Will is hoping to have the time to dedicate to his love life as he takes a break from his busy job to star in Love Island

Country boy: Farmer Will Young, 23, from Buckinghamshire is hoping to have the time to dedicate to his love life as he takes a break from his busy job

Looking for love: 'Having grown up on a farm, it¿s been quite difficult juggling relationships and work,' he explains. 'Love Island will give me time away from the farm to solely find love'

Looking for love: ‘Having grown up on a farm, it’s been quite difficult juggling relationships and work,’ he explains. ‘Love Island will give me time away from the farm to solely find love’

Another side to him: The farmer has a spiritual side, revealing: 'Every night I light a candle and meditate for 20-25 minutes'

Another side to him: The farmer has a spiritual side, revealing: ‘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, taking a minute on my day/week. It’s really nice and sets me up for a nice sleep.’

And the singleton, who boasts over one million followers on TikTok, has high hopes for fame after the villa, revealing he’d love legendary broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, 96, to play him in a movie.

Ready for fun: Hair stylist Tanyel Revan, 26, from North London promises to bring 'energy and confidence' to the villa, revealing: 'I¿m funny, loud, feisty, charismatic'

Ready for fun: Hair stylist Tanyel Revan, 26, from North London promises to bring ‘energy and confidence’ to the villa, revealing: ‘I’m funny, loud, feisty, charismatic’

Celeb crush: The stunning brunette is smitten with Channing Tatum, explaining: 'I don¿t like pretty boys, they give me the ¿ick¿ because they always have a crap personality'

Celeb crush: The stunning brunette is smitten with Channing Tatum, explaining: ‘I don’t like pretty boys, they give me the ‘ick’ because they always have a crap personality’

‘Imagine hearing his calming voice talking while he’s feeding the animals, his top off, some short shorts… he would rock it.’

Hair stylist Tanyel Revan, 26, from north London promises to bring ‘energy and confidence’ to the villa, revealing: ‘I’m funny, loud, feisty, charismatic.’

‘I’m hard to get, confident, funny, charismatic, good looking and happy. I’m also a very loyal person, what is there not to love?’ she adds. 

The stunning brunette is smitten with Channing Tatum, explaining: ‘I don’t like pretty boys, they give me the ‘ick’ because they always have a cr*p personality.’

Loyal: 'I¿m hard to get, confident, funny, charismatic, good looking and happy. I¿m also a very loyal person, what is there not to love?' she adds

Loyal: ‘I’m hard to get, confident, funny, charismatic, good looking and happy. I’m also a very loyal person, what is there not to love?’ she adds

‘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.’

Airport security officer Shaq Muhammed, 24, admits ‘I haven’t had the best luck with previous relationships. So I thought, why not be in the sun and potentially meet the love of my life?’

‘Hopefully I do come out with my future wife. The person I hope to marry one day. Hopefully she’s in the Villa.’

Looking for the one: Airport security officer Shaq Muhammed, 24, admits 'I haven¿t had the best luck. So I thought, why not be in the sun and potentially meet the love of my life?'

Looking for the one: Airport security officer Shaq Muhammed, 24, admits ‘I haven’t had the best luck. So I thought, why not be in the sun and potentially meet the love of my life?’

Emotional: 'I¿m a very emotional person. It can be a blessing and a curse,' admits the hunk

Emotional: ‘I’m a very emotional person. It can be a blessing and a curse,’ admits the hunk 

He adds that his loved ones say he falls in love easily. ‘I’m the type of person that wears my heart on my sleeve. If I find someone I click with, I fall very hard, very fast,’ he admits.

‘Sometimes that can be a bad thing. 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?’

TV salesman Haris Namani, 21, from Doncaster is searching for his first love, revealing: ‘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.’

TV salesman Haris Namani, 21. from Doncaster is searching for his first love, revealing: 'I¿ve never found love. I think this is the show that can help me'

TV salesman Haris Namani, 21. from Doncaster is searching for his first love, revealing: ‘I’ve never found love. I think this is the show that can help me’

‘I’m different, I’m a unique guy, the way I act; confident, not awkward, especially with the girls. I’m friendly, I’m very respectful as well.’

‘Anyone who meets me, I don’t think they have anything bad to say about me. I don’t give them that bad impression to say, ‘Oh, I don’t want to speak to him again.’

Haris adds that his family’s opinion is important to him, admitting: ‘I’ve never taken a girl home, I’m not going to say I’ve fallen in love until I’ve taken them to meet my mum and dad or sisters and brother.’

The ninth series of Love Island will be hosted for the first time by Maya Jama, after Laura Whitmore stepped down from the position following former presenter Caroline Flack’s tragic death in 2020. 

In an interview over the weekend Maya revealed she did not have to audition to present Love Island and accepted the hosting gig straight away.

Unique: 'I¿m different, I¿m a unique guy, the way I act; confident, not awkward, especially with the girls. I¿m friendly, I¿m very respectful as well,' Haris says

Unique: ‘I’m different, I’m a unique guy, the way I act; confident, not awkward, especially with the girls. I’m friendly, I’m very respectful as well,’ Haris says 

She told The Times: ‘Once you start doing TV, you meet a lot of producers, through different shows, and the heads will be aware of talent . . . That’s weird, to call yourself talent, isn’t it? I talk for a living. It’s not exactly tap dancing everywhere or performing a ballad.’

‘So I think I’ve always been in their eye line, but I was super young when the presenter shifts were happening in the past.’

The presenter was having some time off when she got the call about the Love Island gig, explaining: ‘I got the phone call saying, ‘We wanna meet you.’ Or, they offered it to me straight away? Or ‘They’re in discussions’? I’m trying to think! Anyway, I didn’t have to audition.”

When asked if she said yes immediately, Maya exclaimed: ‘Straight away! Of course! Golden ticket.’  

New recruit: The ninth series of Love Island will be hosted for the first time by Maya Jama , after Laura Whitmore stepped down from the position last year

New recruit: The ninth series of Love Island will be hosted for the first time by Maya Jama , after Laura Whitmore stepped down from the position last year 

Record-breaking viewing figures saw the last series of Love Island, which aired in summer 2022, become the most-watched series ever on ITV Hub, amassing over 269million streams. 

The debut winter series aired in January 2020 – shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic – and was won by Paige Turley and Finn Tapp.

Plans for a second winter series were shelved in 2021 amid concerns surrounding the pandemic.

Paul Mortimer, director of reality commissioning and controller, ITV2, said ‘Love Island has once again proved itself to be the nation’s favourite talking point across the summer, and we’re always blown away by the show’s ongoing impact and talkability amongst our younger audience.

New home: The new supersized luxury eco-retreat villa boasts stunning mountain views and is nestled away in a 'protected area' in the heart of the Franschhoek wine valley

New home: The new supersized luxury eco-retreat villa boasts stunning mountain views and is nestled away in a ‘protected area’ in the heart of the Franschhoek wine valley 

‘So, rather than just serving up a Summer of Love, we thought we’d make 2023 the Year of Love with two full series of the show.’

The new supersized luxury eco-retreat villa boasts stunning mountain views and is nestled away in a ‘protected area’ in the heart of the Franschhoek wine valley in South Africa’s ‘millionaire row’. 

The villa is the biggest one yet of all the series, boasting a giant pool and surrounded by palm trees and typically costs around £430 per night to stay in a room. 

It is is also environmentally friendly, with the estate having 100 percent off-the-grid status which allows it to generate its own electricity, water and numerous food sources.

In a new move for 2023, the ITV2 dating show has enforced a new social media ban while contestants are inside the villa. 

Family man: Haris adds that his family's opinion is important to him, admitting: 'I¿m not going to say I¿ve fallen in love until I¿ve taken them to meet my mum and dad or sisters and brother'

Family man: Haris adds that his family’s opinion is important to him, admitting: ‘I’m not going to say I’ve fallen in love until I’ve taken them to meet my mum and dad or sisters and brother’

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