Podcast agency Listen will be producing the newest season of the companion podcast to ITV’s hit reality dating show Love Island, the network has announced.
The new season of Love Island: The Morning After will be hosted by ex-contestant and Love Island finalist Indiyah Polak and Made in Chelsea star and podcast host Sam Thompson, with new episodes released after every episode of the show's winter series, premiering on 16 January.
“I can’t wait to hear what Indiyah and Sam will bring to both the podcast this year and [companion TV show] Aftersun, alongside our fantastic new host Maya Jama,” said Mike Spencer, creative director of ITV Studios’ Lifted Entertainment. “Sam and Indiyah have passion for the show, natural chemistry and all the chat so you can guarantee to be entertained every day!”
Love Island: The Morning After will cover the host’s thoughts and opinions on the happenings of the show as well as interviews with contestants from the forthcoming winter series to get their perspective on what happens inside the villa. Polak and Thompson will also be joining the show’s latest host Maya Jama in the Sunday night live show Aftersun as part of the regular panel.
“Not me teaming up with Sam on the Love Island podcast and getting to be a regular panellist on Aftersun,” said Polak. “I genuinely can't explain how excited I am!! I can't wait to speak to the Islanders and get all the cheeky goss from their friends and families. It's gonna be an insane series, I can’t wait!!”
"It feels like I’m with my family and we’re all in it together and I really like it,” said Thompson. “We’re all massive fans of the show and it’s really, really nice."
Thompson is also the co-host of Staying Relevant with ex-The Only Way is Essex reality show cast member Pete Wicks, in which they explore the ways they’ve tried to stay relevant in the public eye after gaining fame via reality shows. The show became the third most popular show on Apple Podcasts’ UK charts upon its debut on 31 October 2022.
The Love Island official podcast was previously produced by female-led audio production company Pineapple Audio Production for the season hosted by Kem Cetinay and Arielle Free. The company has also produced another companion TV podcast - The Apprentice: Qualified - which went behind-the-scenes of the business reality show.