Revealed: Favourites to replace Laura Whitmore as Love Island presenter
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Now, bookies are predicting which celebrities are in the running for the role, and some of these might surprise you.
Laura announced on Monday (22 August) evening that she would be stepping down as host due to certain elements such as the flying back and forth to South Africa.
"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," Laura wrote.
"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."
While no-one knows who will be replacing Laura, MyBettingSites has revealed the favourite contenders, with Emily Atack and Maura Higgins joint favourites, with odds of 5/1.
Other contenders are Maya Jama, with odds of 7/1 and this year's winner, Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, with odds of 9/1.
Others on the top 15 list include Iain Sterling, who already provides the voiceover on the show, and Rick Edwards.
You can find the full list of faves below:
- Emily Atack 5/1
- Maura Higgins 5/1
- Alice Levine 6/1
- Maya Jama 7/1
- Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu 9/1
- Amber Ross Gill 10/1
- Iain Sterling 12/1
- Holly Willoughby 16/1
- Chris Hughes 16/1
- Chloe Burrows 20/1
- Rick Edwards 20/1
- Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page 25/1
- Dani Dyer 25/1
- Wes Nelson 30/1
- Molly-Mae Hague 33/1
The next season of Love Island will be the winter version of the show, set to begin in January and filmed in South Africa.
Speaking about Laura's departure from the show, ITV said it would continue to work with the presenter on other projects, and that it was 'grateful' for her input to the dating show, which she has presented since January 2020.
The channel said in a statement: "Laura has been a fantastic host across the last three series of the show. We are so grateful for everything she has brought to the programme but understand and respect her decision, and we look forward to working with her on upcoming ITV projects."
We can't wait to find out who'll be taking over!