We're almost through with the first week of Love Island's 2023 winter season, and what a week it's been!

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While the first few days of the ITV2 reality show tend to be fairly uneventful, last night's episode ended on a dramatic note, with Haris Namani and Shaq Muhammad being pulled apart from one another.

With the arrival of three bombshells in just four days, the Love Island 2023 cast are facing a lot of competition and the tension is rising in the South African villa.

Whether its Shaq and bombshell David Salako fighting over Tanya Mahenga, Anna-May Robey and Tanyel Revan both going for Kai Fagan, or Olivia Hawkins and Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown shooting daggers at one another over Tom Clare, there are love triangles galore after yesterday's explosive episode.

To make matters even more complicated, fans have spotted proof that Olivia and Zara knew each other in the outside world before clashing over Tom, with the pair commenting on one another's Instagram posts. The plot thickens!

Will there be more drama tonight? And will Maya Jama be back for the next re-coupling?

It's time to grab your Love Island water bottles and prepare to live vicariously through the sunbathing singles – here's everything we know so far about the ongoing season.

Love Island 2023 start date

Love Island 2023 Tom Clare
Love Island 2023 contestant Tom Clare. ITV

Love Island began on Monday 16th January 2023 on ITV2 and will air on weekdays and Sunday nights at 9pm.

Episodes will also be available to stream on ITVX.

The first ever winter season kicked off on Sunday 12th January 2020 and saw Finn Tapp and Paige Turley walk home with the £50,000 cash prize.

Winter Love Island 2023 host

Maya Jama
Love Island 2023 host Maya Jama. Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty

Love Island will be hosted by TV presenter Maya Jama.

In October, Jama was revealed as the new presenter, following Laura Whitmore's exit.

"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," the 28-year-old said.

Whitmore - who hosted the first winter season in 2020 and both the 2021 and 2022 summer seasons - quit the show last year, admitting she found some elements of the series "difficult" to overcome.

Laura Whitmore
Laura Whitmore presenting Love Island 2022. ITV

Sharing a statement on social media, she explained: "Some news! I won’t be hosting the next series of Love island. There are certain elements of the show I’ve found very difficult that cannot be changed some due to the format, including the flying back and forth to South Africa along with my new conflicting projects. I wish it was still possible but know you’ll be in safe hands. I was only planning to fill in for Caroline for a series and it turned into 3 series. I hope I did you proud Caroline.”

Love Island narrator

Love Island narrator Iain Stirling
Love Island narrator Iain Stirling. Getty Images

Iain Stirling is expected to return to Love Island for the ninth season.

Stirling - who is married to former host Laura - has narrated the show since 2015.

As well as Love Island, he's the host of his very own panel show CelebAbility, and is a regular on Celebrity Gogglebox alongside wife Laura.

Who will star in Love Island 2023?

Tanyel Revan, Will Young, and Tanya Manhenga in Winter Love Island 2023
Tanyel Revan, Will Young, and Tanya Manhenga in Winter Love Island 2023. ITV

The line-up for Love Island 2023 has been confirmed.

The following cast members are taking part in the new season.

We're sure more will be added to the lineup as the series progresses.

How many Love Islands will there be in 2023?

You might be worried summer Love Island has been scrapped for 2023, seeing as we're getting the winter treat of a season starting January this year, but allow us to put your mind at ease.

There will be two seasons of Love Island in 2023, with ITV confirming the summer show will go ahead as normal – so this one is actually just an extra added bonus!

"Love Island has once again proved itself to be the nation’s favourite talking point across the summer,"Paul Mortimer, Director of Reality Commissioning and Controller, ITV2, said last summer. "And we’re always blown away by the show’s ongoing impact and talkability amongst our younger audience.

"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.

"After eight brilliant series, we are excited to be serving up two helpings of love in 2023 by kicking off in January at a stunning new villa in South Africa. We can look forward to more romances, bromances and everything in between as we embark on another epic year of love."

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Winter Love Island 2023 trailer

ITV launched a couple of teaser trailers for the new run on Boxing Day 2022 – including one which teased new host Maya Jama alongside the caption "New year, new series, new host. Let's do this, @MayaJama."

The other featured a spinning pink bronco and was captioned: "Are you ready to grab love by the horns? You know what's coming when you hear this noise."

Where is Love Island filmed?

The Winter Love Island series will take place in South Africa. An exact location hasn't been revealed, but we'll inform you right here once it's confirmed.

For 2022, the summer series moved to a brand new villa in Mallorca's Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, complete with two fire places, a bigger bedroom area, lounge, and a hideaway.

Who won Love Island 2022?

Love Island 2022 winners Ekin-Su and Davide.
Love Island 2022 winners Ekin-Su and Davide. ITV

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti were announced as the Love Island 2022 winners.

They beat Gemma Owen and Luca Bish, Indiyah Polack and Dami Hope, and Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page, who all made it to the final.

Since Love Island, Ekin-Su and Davide have moved in together, and they recently returned to their home countries for new ITV travel series Ekin-Su & Davide: Homecomings.

Winter Love Island airs every night at 9pm on ITV2 and ITVX in 2023. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our TV Guide or Streaming Guide, visit our Entertainment hub for the latest news.

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