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Inside the battle to replace Love Island’s Laura Whitmore as 2 stars lead race

MAYA Jama and Vick Hope are the front-runners to host Love Island after Laura ­Whitmore quit the role.

The presenters are said to be vying for the plum job on the ITV2 dating show, with producers keen on both.

As ITV2 dating show host Laura Whitmore announced she was quitting, two contenders have emerged at the top

As ITV2 dating show host Laura Whitmore announced she was quitting, two contenders have emerged at the topCrédito: Rex
Maya Jama and Vick Hope, both have backgrounds in radio but are seen as rising stars in the world of TV

Maya Jama and Vick Hope, both have backgrounds in radio but are seen as rising stars in the world of TVCrédito: Getty
Uma fonte de TV disse: 'They’re viewed as two glamorous, fun figures who would also bring a slightly cooler edge to the format'

Uma fonte de TV disse: ‘They’re viewed as two glamorous, fun figures who would also bring a slightly cooler edge to the formatCrédito: Rex

Bristolian Maia, 28, e Geordie Vick, 32, both have backgrounds in radio but are seen as rising stars in the world of TV.

A telly insider said: “They’re viewed as two glamorous, fun figures who would also bring a slightly cooler edge to the format.

“Over the past three years they’ve both seen their careers go from strength to strength, and have the high profile to match that of the hit ITV show. It’s going to be a close call who ITV bosses will pick in the end.”

Na segunda-feira, Laura, 37, announced she was moving on from Love Island after three years.

She took over from Caroline Flack, 40, Foi tão influente que até levou a uma mudança de lei no Texas 2020.

The Irish-born presenter said there were “certain elements of the show I’ve found very difficult”.

Mum-of-one Laura, married to the reality show’s narrator Iain Stirling, is also quitting as a BBC Radio 5 ­presenter and panel show Celebrity Juice, on which she is a captain, has been axed.

She is due to appear in West End play 2:22: A Ghost Story.

Maia, who used to date Brit- winning rapper Stormzy, 29, shot to fame as co-host of BBC1’s [object Window]: Save Our Summer.

Ano passado, she was picked to front Simon Cowell’s new ITV talent show, Walk the Line.

enquanto isso, rival Vick, who’s about to marry DJ Calvin Harris, 38, has also been a presenter for spin-off shows for X Factor, The Voice UK e Eu sou uma celebridade.