It looks like we're getting two new Love Island Aftersun panelists for 2023—and one of them is an ex-islander!

Love Island 2023 is all about NEW—with two fan-favorite celebs confirmed to be joining the Love Island Aftersun panel

Love Island Aftersun: Sam Thompson pictured smiling in a suit alongside a picture of Indiyah Polack, posing in front of a orange backdrop/ in a pink and orange template
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Ever since Maya Jama was named the new host of Love Island, the changes have just kept on rolling in for Love Island 2023—with ITV even announcing that Love Island Aftersun is getting two new celebrity panelists! 

While we're officially headed for a winter of love, now that Winter Love Island 2023's start date has been confirmed, it seems we're also set for a season of change. From Love Island's new social media rules to a brand new villa in South Africa (where Love Island UK is filmed) and not to mention the new 2023 cast preparing to slow-mo walk into our lives!

It's safe to say that our fave reality show is getting quite the revamp and that includes Aftersun...

Who are the new Love Island Aftersun panelists?

For those who need a recap, Love Island Aftersun airs every Sunday after that night's episode of Love Island and sees the host (formerly Laura Whitmore) sit down with a panel of celeb guests to discuss all the villa antics from the previous week and interview islanders would have been dumped.

Now new host Maya Jama will present the show, along with two brand new celebrity regulars—former islander, Indiyah Polack and Made In Chelsea's Sam Thompson!

ITV announced the news on Twitter before also revealing that the pair will also host the Love Island 'The Morning After' podcast. 

The Tweet read: "We’ve got a text! Indiyah and Sam will be the brand new hosts of The Morning After podcast and will also be joining every week on Aftersun!"

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Indiyah, who is still in a relationship with fellow islander Dami Hope—making them one of the few Love Island couples still together—shared her excitement, dubbing it a 'pinch me' moment and tweeting: "WHAT A WAY TO START THE YEAR!! Super excited to announce that I’m the newest Love Island Podcast host with the amazing Sam Thompson not only that but an Aftersun panelist alongside Maya and Sam honestly such a pinch-me moment to be back on your screens again! LETS GOO."

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Sam, who is also the boyfriend of ex-contestant Zara McDermott—one of the most popular Love Island bombshells of all time—also shared his excitement on Instagram, saying: "Today… a young, Love Island super fans dreams all came true🥺 You’re looking at the HOSTS of the OFFICIAL LOVE ISLAND PODCAST BABY!!!

"Not only that, but I will be a regular feature on Aftersun alongside @mayajama and the absolute legend that is @IndiyahHP! I’ve never been so excited in my life!!!!!!!
Bring on the tears, the tantrums, and the drama… I’m ready for it baby!!!"

The former Made In Chelsea star became a fan favorite during Love Island season eight for his hilarious TikTok coverage—even sharing Zara's priceless reaction to watching her Love Island ex Adam Collard return to the villa.

These two are set to make their Aftersun debut on Sunday 22nd and we must say, they're the perfect additions to the panel!

When is Love Island Aftersun?

Aftersun airs every Sunday night for the duration of the reality shows run, straight after the latest installment of Love Island and will be presented by Maya Jama. 

If the official start date is anything to go by, you can catch the first episode of Aftersun on Sunday, 22nd January, where you can catch it on ITV2, or on catch-up from ITVX.

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.