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Laura, who has hosted the reality series for the past three seasons, announced on Monday that she would be stepping down from the coveted presenting role to work on other projects.
Ever since, Love Island fans have been speculating over who might take over from the Irish star for the upcoming winter season in South Africa, and former islander Olivia, 37, is among the top contenders.
Not only is Olivia a former Love Island contestant herself - having appeared on season three - but she got to test out her presenting chops this summer on the ITV docu-series Olivia Attwood: Getting Filthy Rich.
As a result, fans are naming Olivia alongside stars like Maya Jama, Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, Emily Atack, and Maura Higgins to potentially take over from Whitmore.
While soaking up some sun in Saint-Tropez, France this week, Olivia hinted to fans that she'd be open to the new role.
During a Q&A session with fans to soothe her from a severe case of 'hangxiety', the reality star addressed fans' questions about the future of the series.
Sharing a screenshot of her Instagram message requests, Olivia wrote: "You guys my heart dropped when I opened my DM's this am, I was like 500+ requests deep.
"Love Love Island and you. Love you."
"Petition for Olivia to host Love Island", read one fan message, while another added: "You better be the new Love Island host."
In Laura's surprise career announcement this week, she shared that she'd be moving on to other projects, adding that she hoped she did previous host, the late Caroline Flack, proud.
Her statement to Instagram read: "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 three series. I hope I did you proud Caroline."
Since then, ITV has confirmed that Laura will be the host of their new factual series Laura Whitmore Investigates.
Commenting on the new presenting role, Laura said: “It’s a dream come true to have this platform and work with a brilliant team at ITV through this series of investigative films.
"Getting back to my journalistic roots, I hope we can shine a light on some really important topics and issues, and delve into a variety of serious and interesting real-life subjects.”