Friday 28 October 2016

The 10 stand-out moments from first series of First Dates Ireland

Published 26/05/2016 | 18:07

First Dates on RTE has been a resounding success
First Dates on RTE has been a resounding success

Series one of the Irish version of Channel 4's dating show was a roaring success. Not only did it trend on Twitter every week, it made instant celebrities out of many of the daters, and 4,00 Irish people have applied for the second series.

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Sadly, tonight marks the end of series one, so let's take a look back at the stand-out moments from the first six episodes...

1. Kirk daring to go to the toilet

South African Kirk was caught on camera texting his mate that he was afraid to fart in the First Dates restaurant, but that wasn't the most memorable part of his encounter with Carolyn. No, that was when she just would not stop complaining that he had the audacity to visit the bathroom during the first course. When you gotta go, Carolyn...

2. Sunita fancying the bar man

She was the type of gal that pulled crystals out of her bra on a first date, but we were rooting for Sunita and Tony. While he was quite taken with the half-Indian beauty though, it seemed she only had eyes for the bearded bar man.

3. Brian fawning all over Sarah

Self-professed rogue Brian was full of chat about how he's been a bad boy and never likes to be too keen, but as soon as he set eyes on the beautiful Sarah, he was quite the smitten kitten - to an awkward degree. The highlight of their date was robbing wine from a neighbouring table.

4. The older gent that was up for the craic

74-year-old Tony has been on the market on and off for nearly thirty years since his beloved wife passed away, but he still had an eye for the ladies and a way with words. Sadly, his date Lexie was left cold by his double entendre and coldly gave him the heave-ho.

5. When two of them had already dated each other

Ah, Ireland, where there's never six degrees of separation - more like one. In this instance, daters Gemma and Markhad already been on a date in the past, although he didn't exactly cop it right off the bat. It wasn't a case of second time lucky, however.

6. The gay lads that looked liked twins

Simon confessed that he's attracted to tall, baldy, beardy lads, despite the fact that he himself was tall, baldy and beardy. He and his date Tynan were like two peas in a pod, and everyone was rooting for them to make it. Sadly, it wasn't meant to be.

7. Frederica's forthright attitude

Everybody remembers the vivacious South African that terrified her date and ended up putting him in a sort-of headlock. She is proof that you never, ever even attempt to guess a lady's age -and if you must, always underestimate. She was a character, that one.

8. The cruelty of the friend zone

Many thought that the show should just be named after the zone nobody ever wants to find themselves in because, being Irish, loads of the contestants swore blind they liked their date "a mates". It was never so cruel as in episode one though, when we thought Daryl and Amy were a love story for the ages.

9. Damien ringing his mam

He said it was a test, but it was unclear just how his date Dia was being tested. In reality, he seemed like a bit of a mammy's boy who just wanted to hear his beloved's voice. He says it was all a bit of a joke. Okay.

10. Frosty relations between Dublin and Cork

It was never going to work out between Adam and Laura because he called her a culchie right off the bat in yet another example of the Dub/Cork divide. True love crosses boundaries guys...

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