Love Island 2023 start date confirmed – and its much sooner than expected

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    The start date for the winter series of Love Island has been announced – and it's much sooner than you think!

    The latest winter series, set in South Africa, will reportedly launch on Monday January 16, otherwise known as Blue Monday.

    It would give Love Island fanatics waiting for their next dose of villa drama the perfect remedy for their January blues.

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    The grand final is reportedly scheduled to take place on March 13 after eight weeks of saucy villa action.

    It comes as TV star Maya Jama is set to front the hit ITV2 dating show for the first time ever since previous host Laura Whitmore stepped down from the role.

    A source told The Sun: "Love Island bosses have planned for the show to start on Blue Monday – which is bound to give fans a massive lift on such a gloomy day.

    "This year’s contestants will be flown out to South Africa earlier in January and will start filming for the first episode the day before.

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    “The grand finale will take place eight weeks later on March 13."

    The alleged insider added that Maya is "raring to go" and that the contestants for this series are sexier than ever.

    Speaking about joining the show, Maya said: "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."

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