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Love Island: Laura Whitmore divides viewers with hosting debut – Daily Mail, Dailymail.co.uk


Laura Whitmore’s down-to-earth hosting style divided Love Island viewers when the ITV2 show returned on Sunday night.

The Irish beauty’s presenting debut was hotly debated on Twitter during the series six launch, with countless people enthusing the ‘likeable’ star was the perfect choice to replace Caroline Flack, (****************************************************************************, amid her assault charge.

However, others weren’t impressed with -year-old Laura’s ‘wooden’ hosting style and called for the return of Caroline.

New host: Laura Whitmore’s down-to-earth hosting style has gone divided Love Island viewers when Love Island made a sensational comeback on Sunday night

In the main, people were keen to give Laura a chance and were full of praise for the ‘genuine’ star.

One viewer enthused: ‘Laura Whitmore is already better than Caroline, she’s more bright, chatty and just comes across more genuine and likeable ‘.

Many joked she was the most beautiful woman in the villa and they’d love to couple up with her.

‘Ahh @thewhitmore where have you been for the last 4 season’, one fan of the reality show wrote.

However, there were plenty of die-hard Love Island viewers who just couldn’t adjust to the show without long-time host Flack.

Another viewer wrote: ‘Laura Whitmore doing a good job so far! However no one does a slo Mo like the flack! ‘

Doing a great job: In the main, people were keen to give Laura a chance and were full of praise for the ‘genuine’ star

Slow mo entrance: The Irish beauty’s presenting debut was much debated on Twitter

Yet another shared: ‘Laura Whitmore is so wooden. I’m already instantly bored when she starts speaking. #LoveIsland #LoveIsland ‘.

A third lamented:’ It just don’t seem the same without Caroline ‘.

‘Who’s this Laura Whitmore? Looks like she should be showing elderly couples around houses in Ibiza on a place in the sun #loveisland ‘, another joked.

Laura certainly had big boots to fill when she strutted into the villa, putting her own twist on Caroline’s now iconic slow motion walk.

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Not the same! However, there were plenty of die-hard Love Island viewers who just couldn’t adjust to the show without long-time host Flack

Some viewers lamented: ‘It just doesn’t seem the same without Caroline’ (pictured).

The MTV presenter looked incredible in a floral playsuit with a low-cut neckline and immediately put the girls at ease.

Acting like a sympathetic big sister, Laura went around all the ladies and quizzed them on their ‘type on paper’.

‘We gotta talk boys, I can’t believe any of you are single!’, She cooed.

Paige said personality is everything and Laura – who is dating show narrator Iain Stirling – agreed ‘I’m with you on that!’.

Meanwhile, Iain threw his support behind Laura, branding her ‘fantastic’ in a sweet post.

Show of support: Iain Stirling threw his support behind girlfriend Laura, branding her ‘fantastic’ in a sweet post

Making an entrance: The MTV presenter looked incredible in a floral playsuit with a low-cut neckline and immediately put the girls at ease

He tweeted: ‘To everyone who’s got intouch today about #loveisland tonight – the support really does mean a lot . To be part of such a big show is such an honor.

‘CONGRATUALTIONS to the whole team and of course @thewhitmore who is just fantastic on TONIGHTS (yes I did the voice) show x ‘.

hours before the show’s return, Caroline broke her social media silence to wish her Love Island replacement Laura ‘good luck’.

On Sunday, the embattled host – who last shared a post on her Instagram on Christmas Eve – wrote: ‘Massive good luck to Laura, Iain [Stirling] and the team for tonights launch show … the first one always the best one. Caroline x ‘[sic]

The presenter stood down from being the face of the show in December as she was charged for common assault following a fight with her boyfriend Lewis Burton,

Warm gesture: Caroline Flack (L) broke her social media silence to wish her Love Island replacement Laura (R) ‘good luck’, hours before the winter series kicked off

The ITV star has spent time away from the spotlight and her relationship drama in Los Angeles.

In late December, Caroline appeared in court over the incident with her beau – where a judge heard she hit the former tennis player Over the head with a lamp while he slept – days after news of her replacement broke.

The court was told she read texts on Lewis’ phone that made her think he was cheating on her before the alleged attack.

Caroline – who pleaded not guilty at Highbury Magistrates’ Court – was released on bail until her trial on March 4.

Best wishes: On Sunday, the host, (***************************************************************************, wrote: ‘Massive good luck to Laura, Iain [Stirling] and the team for tonights launch show … the first one always the best one. Caroline x ‘[sic]

Former co-stars: The ITV star also expressed her appreciation towards voiceover artist Iain Stirling (pictured in, who is in a long-term relationship with Laura ,

Following the hearing, the media personalityinsisted she won’t ‘not be silenced’ in a bold social media post shared on December 26.

Uploading an old image of herself on the red carpet, she wrote: ‘Been advised not to go on social media … but I wanted to say happy Christmas to everyone who has been so incredibly kind to me this year.

‘This kind of scrutiny and speculation is a lot to take on for one person to take on their own … I’m a human being at the end of the day and I’m not going to be silenced when I have a story to tell and a life to keep going with.

Hard times: The presenter was charged for common assault following a fight with her boyfriend Lewis Burton , (pictured in October)

Speaking out: The blonde last shared a post on her Instagram on Christmas Eve – when she insisted she will ‘not be silenced’

New role: Ahead her debut, Irish beauty Laura admits her role as Love Island’s new presenter has been overshadowed by the controversy surrounding predecessor Caroline’s arrest

): ‘We are continuing to talk to Caroline. We are in constant contact and the door is open. ‘

An ITV spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline: ‘ITV has a long standing relationship with Caroline and we understand and accept her decision. We will remain in contact with her over the coming months about future series of Love Island. ‘

Ahead her debut, Irish beauty Laura, 50, admitted her dream role as Love Island’s new presenter has been overshadowed by the controversy surrounding predecessor Caroline’s arrest.

‘It’s not a great situation at all,’ she said. ‘It’s not ideal and Caroline has been incredible. She messaged me before ITV contacted me and said that she really hoped I got the role.

‘She said, “I know how much of a fan you are of the show “. I just thought that was so lovely. I’m so happy to do the show, but I just wish it was in a different situation. ‘

Laura reflected on her role after flying to South Africa’s Cape Town, where she introduced the new contestants from a sprawling new villa on the outskirts of the coastal city.

Almost time: The new host revealed that her predecessor was ‘incredible’ and contacted her before ITV got in touch offering the gig

And she admitted her first priority was to contact Caroline personally after being approached for the coveted presenting job.

She recalled: ‘I think when they first had that conversation, I said,’ If I do get offered this, can I talk to Caroline before it goes to the press or anything like that? ‘

Of the initial approach, Laura admitted she was shell-shocked after her agent called her as she prepared to fly home for her mother’s birthday.

‘It was just before Christmas and I was going to go back to Ireland up to Edinburgh for work up there, then back to London and back to Ireland again,’ she said.

‘I was flying to Dublin and my agent called and said that ITV would like to with me in the next few hours. I was like, ‘Oh, I’m at the airport’.

‘He was like,’ What are you doing at the airport? ‘ I was like ‘Err, it’s my mum’s birthday’. And then I said, ‘Let me just ring my mum first’, so I did and she was like, ‘I can see you at Christmas, don’t worry about it!’

While Caroline epitomised Love Island prior to her abrupt departure, Laura believes boyfriend and show narrator Iain’s off-beat, irreverent humor is what sustains it as she prepares to work with him for the very first time.

‘Iain is the heart of this show, his humor and what he does with it is basically what the general public are like watching the show, ‘she explained.

Caring: Laura will adopt the same motherly, protective approach as her predecessor when the villa finally opens its doors

‘Everyone is like, “What is it like to work together?” But I get to be in the villa, he’s in a voice-over booth. He’s been ringing me up asking what it’s like, what’s Cape Town like, what’s the hotel like and what’s the villa like.

‘He’s worked on this for so many series, but I can kind of like be giving him some [information] It’s a weird situation. We’re just going to see how it goes. ‘

A self-confessed Love Island super-fan, the star stated She plans to adopt the same motherly, protective approach as her predecessor in the villa.

Couple: Her new role means Laura will be working with beau Iain, who she called ‘heart of this show’

Already closely associated with the show through comedian boyfriend Iain, Laura revealed she’s previously offered support to one former Islander after watching her leave with a broken heart.

‘Last year, Amy Hart when she came out, there was that episode where she was incredible,’ she recalled.

‘I was in Majorca visiting Iain and I was at the airport flying back and I bumped into her. I was starstruck and went up to her and said, ‘I just want to say what you did was incredible’.

‘ But I did not realise she hadn’t spoken to anyone since she came out or even really seen the reaction.

*** Cape Town here I come! Earlier this week, excited Laura posed with her personalized suitcase ahead of her flight to South Africa to launch Love Island

‘I gave her a hug and when I saw her afterwards she told me I had no idea what that meant to her. She did not know everyone was on her side, and it was nice for her to see that. It’s impossible not to be attached. ‘

She added:’ I think we forget that they’re real people. We’re watching it as a show, but it’s not Coronation Street – these people are real and their emotions are real.

‘I remember last year, Molly-Mae broke down in tears and collapsed because Tommy didn’t come back with anyone from Casa Amor, and you just become attached.

‘So I think you’d have to be very cold to not become attached or protective. I haven’t met them yet, so I haven’t had that experience of seeing stuff in papers and being in there as well. It’s only natural that you will have that motherly (instinct). ‘

[Princess Jasmine in the live-action remake of Aladdin] Teaser: Laura has already been dropping hints about the new series and teased GMB presenter Richard Arnold that ‘there might be a bombshell happening’

Laura arrived knowing full well that fans will be keenly judging her as Caroline’s replacement, and has already been approached by complete strangers with messages of support – making the prospect of stepping in as presenter an even more daunting one.

She added: ‘The whole thing just feels intimidating because it’s such a huge show, and I’m a huge fan and I know it so well. When I was on the plane coming over, the lovely air hostess woke me up and she said, “Good luck with the show!” Then I was at the hotel and an older guy came up to me and said, ‘I love the show, good luck!’

‘It’s such a big show that everyone knows you’re doing it. The show itself, I’m like, “Oh, I can do this. I’ve worked in TV a while”, but then so many people love this show so much. I just want to do it justice and just be me. ‘

Happy: Laura has shared several glimpses of her pre- show prep including a video of her dancing after her first day of filming

WINTER LOVE ISLAND (****************************************************: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

Pop star sibling: Sophie’s sister is Rochelle Humes

Name:Sophie Piper

)Age:*************************************************************************************

: Location:Essex

Occupation:

Medical PA

Claim to fame?Half-sister of The Saturdays star-turned-TV presenter Rochelle Humes.

Celebrity crush? ‘Anthony Joshua . Whenever I see him fight, I yell, “Come on, use your right hook!” I have no idea what I’m talking about. ‘

What song sums up your love life? ‘

All By Myself by Celine Dion – that’s how it feels at the moment!’

Twinning: Love Island are instaling twins into the villa this year

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Names:Eve and Jess Gale

Age:**************************************************************************************

: Location:(London

Occupation:

VIP hostesses and students

Claim to fame?

[Eve] ‘Tyga, Kylie Jenner’s ex, messaged me. We were both at an event and I posted an Instagram story tagging him. He then messaged me afterwards and we spoke on WhatsApp. Then when me and Jess were in Ibiza, he was there again. He asked me to meet him but we arrived the day he left. Pop Smoke, the R’n’B rapper, messaged me too. ‘

[Princess Jasmine in the live-action remake of Aladdin] [Princess Jasmine in the live-action remake of Aladdin] ******** (Party Trick:“We are the party trick!”

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Land and gentry: Ollie believes that he ‘bosses the room wherever he goes’

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Name:Williams

: Age:********************************************************************************

Location:Cornwall [Princess Jasmine in the live-action remake of Aladdin]

Occupation:Heir to the Lanhydrock

Claim to fame?’My father is Lord of the Manor of Lanhydrock. The family title is Viscount Clifden. When my father passes away or abdicates, as the eldest child, I will take on the titles and the estate. ‘

(Dating disasters?) **************** Once got cat-fished by a – year-old man.

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No *** no! Shaughna won’t put up with f ** kboys [anymore!]

Name:

(Shaughna Phillips) ************

Age: (**************************************************************

: London

Occupation:Democratic services officer

Best feature?‘My lips. I spent enough money on them! ‘

(Celebrity crush?) [Love Island 2018 winner] Jack Fincham is a bit of me on toast! ‘

Dating disasters?’Being on a first date with a guy and getting a cab home to mine and my most recent ex-boyfriend was sat outside my house in his car crying!’**************************

******************** Leanne Leanne! ‘I’m a (******************************************************************************************. If you don’t love yourself, who will? ‘

Name:Leanne Amaning

Age:

Location:London

********** (Occupation:Customer service advisor

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Dating disasters?‘A guy once started rapping acapella to me. I was sat there awkwardly and had to clap afterwards. ‘

How far are you prepared to go in the villa toget the guy you want?’If I want something, I’ll get it.’

**** Fancy a cuppa ? Connor is a coffee bean salesman

************ Name: Connor Durman

Age: (******************************************************************************

Location:(Brighton) ************

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You’re fired! Mike’s brother was on The Apprentice

************ Name: Mike Boateng

Age: (******************************************************************************

Location:************** London**********

Occupation: (Police Officer) **************

Claim to fame?**************** Now a few footballer friends from my football days. Dominic Calvert-Lewin played with me at Sheffield United. My brother, Samuel, was on The Apprentice a few years ago. ‘

Good at flirting? ‘I’m lucky because of my job I can use the cheeky lines about getting handcuffs out ! It normally works! ‘

Love me, love me! Siânnise likes herself a bit of Romeo Juliet-era Leo

Name: Siânnise Fudge

Age:

Location:Bristol

Occupation:Beauty consultant

Ideal man? ‘Tall dark and handsome – my friends call me Princess Jasmine. I’m after my own Aladdin, I guess. ‘

Celebrity crush?************************************************ s Leonardo DiCaprio .

Got talent? Paige was on Britain’s Got Talent age 1. She sang in front of Alesha Dixon and Simon Cowell, leaving them impressed

Name: [Princess Jasmine in the live-action remake of Aladdin] Paige Turley

Age:******************************************************************************************************

: ********************** (West Lothian) **********

Occupation:Singer

Claim to fame?‘[Singer] Lewis Capaldi is my ex boyfriend. We went out when we were younger, I was about (or 22. We were together for about a year. It ended really amicably and we’re still pals. ‘

Oddly specific! ‘I always fancy girls with dark hair, tanned skin, red lipstick and white nail polish’

Name:Callum Jones

Age: (************************************************************** () ************

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