Laura Whitmore confirmed to return for Love Island season eight

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Love Island season 8 is on its way and along with a gaggle of hot new islanders ready to find love (or Instagram followers—we don’t judge,) ITV bosses have confirmed that host Laura Whitmore will return for season 8.

Yes, the Whitmore is back. ITV confirmed the news to the Metro, who reported that Whitmore has now signed a £500,000 deal, despite reports that bosses were considering replacing her with the likes of Maura Higgins.

The ITV spokesperson confirmed to the news outlet: “Laura will be returning to host the forthcoming series of Love Island.”

This news may come as a surprise to fans, after Laura was barely featured in season seven at all, only entering the villa on a handful of occasions. Some weeks we would only see her on the week's Aftersun segment—prompting viewers to ask 'why is Laura Whitmore not on Love Island’ basically every night the show was on.

Thankfully though, she was present for one of the most memorable Love Island moments in history—when Lily Haines outed Liam Reardon’s Casa Amor antics to Millie Court around the firepit. The subsequent Love Island memes were legendary.

Despite a familiar face returning for the match-making reality show, the new season has gone through some major changes.

Fans will no doubt be searching ‘where is Love Island filmed’ as they set their sights on an altogether different villa!

Yep, the iconic home of the Islanders is changing, in a bid to “refresh” the show—though it will still be set in sunny Majorca. This could also mean we get a brand new Casa Amor villa too.

We’re already counting down the days till the lineup is confirmed, and we hear that oh-so-familiar music…

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

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.