UK Love Island season 9 premiere date announced

Love Island UK has revealed the premiere date for season 9, returning for the winter season with a brand new host for the first time since 2020.

Britain's Love Island is set for another winter as the series announces the premiere date for its ninth season. The last season aired from June 6th to August 1st with Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti taking first place. The pair are still together and launched their own spinoff in November, titled Ekin-Su and Davide: Homecomings. The series follows the couple as they return to Italy after leaving their Love Island villa and bring Ikinsu back. For Love Island season 9, Maya Jama will take over as host following the departure of Laura Whitmore, with Ian Sterling returning as fan-favorite narrator.

"Love Island" fans don't have to wait until summer to see the next season of the show, as the series announced an earlier premiere date this year. ITV News Center announced on Twitter that Love Island will return on ITV2 and ITVX on Monday 16 January at 9pm. The announcement drew mixed reactions from fans in the comments. Some people are excited about the new season and can't wait to tune in, while others may not. One fan is hoping for better form this season, while another questions whether winter will work too Just like summer.

Love Island Season 9 Will Implement A New Social Media Rule

The reality TV series last premiered in winter 2020. For Love Island season 9, the contestants will live in South Africa where the new villa is located. Social media will change too. Typically, islanders don't use their social media accounts on the show, they find someone in their lives to take over their accounts and spread the word while they're at the villa. However, this season, that's not allowed. The contestants' social media accounts will remain dormant for the season until they leave the villa. The reason appears to be related to concerns about the contestants' mental health.

While some fans aren't interested in the winter season, others can't wait for January 16th. One Love Island season a year is not enough. It's winter in the northern hemisphere, and watching the Islanders under the scorching sun is just what fans need to help them get through the colder time of year. Here's hoping the show delivers as much drama as last season, even if it means breaking some hearts. Along with quarrels and reunions, there will be Few couples find love like Ekin Sue and Davide.

Still, maintaining a strong relationship like the Love Island season 8 winner takes a lot of work. A new host should also be good for the show. While fans will miss Lara, it's always good to change things up. Luckily, they don't have to say goodbye to Ian, as there's no substitute for his witty sense of humor and lovable personality. No cast members have been announced yet, but fans hope whoever makes it to the villa knows how to keep them happy.

MORE: Everything we know about Love Island UK's Ikinsu's new reality series

Love Island season 9 premieres on ITV2 and ITVX on Monday 16 January.

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