The TV and radio presenter, who took her mansion bow after replacing Laura Whitmore, received unanimous praise from viewers as she arrived in a sweeping gown with a plunging detail that accentuated her cleavage.
Maya, 28, looked like she’d hosted the show for years as she oversaw the group’s first pairing. However, viewers were unfazed by their ITV2 paymasters after the channel collapsed within seconds of its return.
A series of technical glitches and screen freezes disrupted the 90-minute start as Love Island returned to Cape Town, South Africa after a three-year absence.
Exciting: The brand new series of Love Island kicked off on Monday night and new presenter Maya Jama made her incredible debut in a stunning green plunging maxi dress
Maya took a seat next to the new boys as they gathered around the fire pit for the first time ever as she asked how they were feeling and what they were looking for.
While the five new girls stood by the new mansion’s pool, waiting to see who would mate with them.
However, viewers were quick to compliment the presenter on Twitter, with one comment, “Maya Jama outshines the female contestants, feels like walking in and having to stand next to her.”
Others joked, “Step up if you fancy Maya Jama,” as she stole the show alongside the bikini-clad singletons.
“Maya Jama kills as always,” wrote a third.
Another added, “Maya Jama is the best yet… I can’t see that changing.”
‘Slaying’: The 28-year-old TV presenter showed off her clothes in the form-fitting number as she entered the new South African mansion in a sexy slow-mo clip
Dressed to impress: Speaking to the boys, she said: “Hi guys, alright, shall we have a little chat?” as they all gushed about how phenomenal she looked
Unbelievable: Viewers quickly took to Twitter to say: “Maya Jama outshines the female contestants, loves to walk in and has to stand next to her.”
Others joked, “Step up if you fancy Maya Jama,” as she stole the show alongside the bikini-clad singletons
Unbelievable: Maya stunned fans when she emerged in a little black dress at the end of Monday night’s episode
As if viewers hadn’t gone wild enough, the 28-year-old TV presenter stunned fans when she appeared in a little black dress at the end of the episode.
Maya showed off her stuff in the figure-hugging number as she entered the South African mansion in a classic slow-mo clip.
She walked along the luxurious pool to the fire pit where she welcomed the new five sexy singletons and introduced the new bombshell.
Maya’s figure looked incredible as the dress was adorned with cut out details around her chest and stomach. Leaving little to the imagination, the dress reached her thigh – where it featured a slit that went down her leg.
Taking to Twitter, one impressed viewer wrote: “Idk if I was on Love Island and Maya walked in I would step forward in an instant.”
While a second was quick to add: “No girl will look better this season of Love Island than Maya Jama.”
Apparently approving, a third joked: “Can ITV please let us see Maya Jama every day because that black dress alone should win.’
Stunning: Maya strutted her stuff in the figure-hugging number as she entered the South African mansion in a classic slow-mo clip
Love it: Fans were stunned by Maya’s second outfit as she returned to the villa for the highlight of opening night on Monday
Concerned: Fans were quick to take to Twitter to ask others if they had the same issue, with one writing that it “bugs her for a minute”.
Fans also claimed the new presenter has been to the villa more times than former presenter Laura Whitmore, 37, during an entire series.
Taking to Twitter, viewers noted the extra screen time with a tweet, “Maya Jama has already had more airtime than Laura Whitmore for an entire series of #LoveIsland.”
Another wrote: “I swear Maya Jama has already spent more time at the villa than Laura Whitmore in the entire last season #loveisland.”
“We’ve seen more Maya Jama in one episode than Laura Whitmore in an entire series #LoveIsland,” claimed a third viewer.
Another fan of the show tweeted, “I’ve seen Maya Jama in this mansion more times than Laura Whitmore has in all of last year #loveisland.”
In July 2022 it was reported that former presenter Laura appeared in just 14 Minutes of Love Island halfway through the summer series, despite reportedly making £600,000 hosting the show.
According to The Sun, a total of 1,610 minutes of footage – almost 27 hours – of the Villa action was aired at halftime last year.
The presenter had by then appeared in 13 minutes and 26 seconds of the main show, meaning she was being paid the equivalent of £744 a second.
Huch: In July 2022 it was reported that former presenter Laura appeared in just 14 minutes from Love Island halfway through the summer series (pictured at the Love Island mansion in February 2020).
Chats: Maya first appeared on screen chatting with the new islanders
The first show of the winter series sent fans into a panic when some viewers noticed during the premiere that their TV had a “glitch”.
Fans quickly took to Twitter to ask others if they had the same issue, and one wrote that it “bugs them for a minute”.
“WTF was that glitch bugged me for a minute,” one fan tweeted, while another wrote, “Was I the only one with a TV glitch?”
Sky made an embarrassing mistake on Monday night when the TV network used a picture of Laura Whitmore to promote the new Love Island.
The 37-year-old TV presenter stepped down from the ITV2 dating show last year, a role she took on in 2020.
Awkward! Sky made an embarrassing mistake on Monday night when the TV network used a picture of Laura Whitmore to promote the new Love Island
Oops! The 37-year-old TV presenter stepped down from the ITV2 dating show last year, a role she took on in 2020
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