Maya Jama's career shows no signs of slowing down—the presenter and host may be just 28 years old, but she's already got a wealth of TV shows and hosting gigs under her professional belt. So what are all the Maya Jama TV shows you might have spotted her in?
Is there anything Maya Jama can't do? Not only is she unstoppable professionally, she also regularly kills it with her iconic red carpet looks. Not only that—she's also a serious businesswoman, having created MIJ Masks in collaboration with skincare brand Studio Juice. Phew! Of course, being a popular celeb, there's always a lot of interest in her personal life too; whether it's the Maya Jama boyfriend speculation, or fans keen to find out about Maya Jama's parents and her family life.
But of course, Maya's greatest achievement (so far) has been her super successful broadcasting career. So what are the top Maya Jama TV shows, and what might you have seen her hosting?
Maya Jama TV shows—what programs has the presenter hosted?
1. Love Island
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October 2022 brought with it the very exciting news that Maya would be the new host of Love Island UK, after the previous host Laura Whitmore decided to step down from the role. When Laura announced that she was quitting the show, swathes of fans were desperate for Maya to host, saying she'd be perfect for the job—and it seems their wishes came true!
When the news was announced, Maya said, "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."
Her time as host will begin with the Love Island 2023 winter series of the show, which is set to air on 16 January. Like the previous winter series, it will be filmed in South Africa, rather than in Mallorca.
2. Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-Up Star
Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-Up Star—or just Glow Up, as you may otherwise know it—is a UK-based reality TV show, which was created with the aim of finding the next big make-up artist. While it began in 2019, Maya didn't join the cast until its third season in 2021, when the original host Stacey Dooley stepped down due to other work commitments.
Maya hosted the third season, which aired in April 2021, and the fourth season, which aired on BBC Three in May 2022 across eight episodes. It's not yet known whether there will be a fifth season of the show, but if you have access to the BBC iPlayer, it's a great weekend binge-watch—especially for make-up lovers!
3. Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer
In the summer of 2020, Maya was a co-host on the BBC show Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer. The eight-episode series was originally created to cover the Euros that year—but when they was canceled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was reconfigured to cover music, sport and comedy in general—all of the things we were missing out on during that time!
The show hasn't yet returned, and we're not sure if it ever will; but it was certainly a fun way to spend a few weeks during lockdowns!
4. The Circle
The Circle, a reality/social media show, has been a smash-hit in both the UK and the US, and Maya co-hosted the first season of the UK series, which aired on Channel 4, back in 2018. Maya worked on the show with Alice Levine, before they were both replaced by Emma Willis in season two, which hit screens in 2019.
The show is a hybrid-mix of social media and reality TV, and sees all contestants living in the same apartment building, crafting profiles and speaking only via a social media app, 'The Circle'. But the catch is that all contestants are competing for a $100,000/£100,000 prize—and they can lie, catfish, and flirt their way there, if they wish!
Speaking about what drew her to presenting the show back in 2018, Maya said, "'I'm a social media and reality TV addict, so combining the two is pretty much my dream outcome. It's a fascinating social experiment."
5. Don't Hate The Playaz
This is one of Maya's most regular TV gigs, and she's been a co-host on the music-based panel show for the last four years. The show—which airs on the UK channel ITV2, is hosted by Rizzle Kicks star Jordan Stephens, and involves a series of challenges and questions, with the aim of a certain team winning each episode.
Maya is technically a Team Captain on Don't Hate The Playaz, and plays against fellow Team Captain Lady Leshurr, alongside a host of celebrities on each of their teams. In the past, guests have included Strictly star Oti Mabuse, comedian Katherine Ryan, the So Solid Crew, Love Island's Dami Hope and Indiyah Polack, and rapper Professor Green.
Not only is Maya a co-host on the show—but she also regularly shows off her impressive rapping skills on there too! She often takes part in freestyle raps as part of the show, most famously doing a coronavirus-themed rap back in October 2020. Yep, it was as good as it sounds!
6. Walk The Line
In 2021, Maya landed one of the biggest hosting jobs of her career, fronting Simon Cowell's brand new music competition gameshow, which aired on the British channel ITV. The premise of the program was for five musical acts to compete for a huge £500,000 prize.
After each episode, one of the five acts was crowned the winner of that episode. But the twist was that each winner had to decide whether to return to the show the next episode and perform again—running the risk that they may not win a second time, and that they may be dropped from the competition. The catch? If they walked away after the first episode, they could bag a consolatory prize of £10,000—an amount that rose higher each night.
It was a star-studded show, with the judging panel including Dawn French, Gary Barlow, Craig David and Alesha Dixon—but sadly, it was canceled after just one season.
7. True Love or True Lies
Another reality show with an intriguing premise, Maya hosted True Love or True Lies on MTV in 2018, before being replaced by Love Island star Dani Dyer, and her father Danny Dyer for the second series in 2019.
In the show, a host of couples gathered together in a house, but the catch is that not all of them are real couples—some are faking it in order to win the show's cash prize.
The series was the first 'proper reality TV show' (in her own words) that Maya had presented solo, so despite the fact that she only worked on it for a season, it definitely seems to have been a career highlight.
Amy Hunt is a lifestyle writer and editor, and was previously Lifestyle Channel Editor at womanandhome.com, having been with the brand since 2015. She is passionate about everything from entertainment to books, to homes, food and wellness. When she isn't editing, researching or writing articles, he's busy burying her nose in a gripping thriller, practising yoga, or buying new homeware.
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