Wednesday 22 November 2017

'Beautiful, bilingual, too good to be true' Cork man goes down a storm on Blind Date UK

Glenn Williamson on Blind Date UK
Glenn Williamson on Blind Date UK
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A 'beautiful, bilingual, too good to be true' Cork man proved a big hit with the ladies on Blind Date UK on Saturday night.

Glenn Williamson (21) from Togher was choen to be a 'picker' on the new series, hosted by Paul O'Grady on Channel 5.

In fact, producers on the show approached Glenn, who is a student at UCC and a swimwear model, and asked him to audition.

Glenn had to choose between Hayley from Sheffield, Maya from London, and Kayleigh from Somerset, ultimately choosing Maya because "her answers were the funniest".

Speaking to Cork's 96FM Glenn said she sounded like the "most appealing" and he also "really liked her accent".

However, it sounds like romance did not blossom on their date, which will air on next week's show.

"I thought she was the right one at the time," he said, adding, "We had a great time.  I got on really well with her, but we had our differences which you'll find out!"

Glenn said he really had no idea who the three potential dates would be.

"It's almost like you're a spy when you're in the studios.  You're babysat and you're not allowed to go anywhere by yourself in case you bump into the three women.  It's like a secret mission to get from the door to your changing room."

Glenn is a swimwear model who recently won Mr Swimwear Physique.

"I've competed in men's physique shows the last few years, most notably that one which I came first in," he said.

"A lot of people ask if I'm a body builder and I say no, I'm a physique athlete.  I go towards a beach body look so it's kind of about symmetry, proportion, basically looking good to the naked eye, a very low level of body fat, abs, bulging veins, these kinds of things, getting tanned up.  It takes weeks and weeks but it's worth it in the end."

Speaking about host O'Grady he said, "He was the most down to earth, genuine nice man I've ever met.  When we got to the studio he formally introduced to all of us before we went on stage.  He had time for everyone when he didn't have to.

"He made me feel so comfortable there, that's why I think I was such a hit.  I was so comfortable.  He was brilliant."

Blind Date airs on Channel 5, Fridays, 8pm

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