'I didn't find love until I was 39', says Irish Blind Date's new voiceover Tara Flynn
Newly unveiled Blind Date co-presenter Tara Flynn has revealed that she feels for the singletons looking for love on the TV3 show - as she didn't find love until she was 39.
The comedian (47) is taking on the role made famous by 'Our Graham' Skidmore on the UK version hosted by Cilla Black.
Now married to Fair City scriptwriter Carl Austin, Tara says she feels for the contestants when she thinks back to her own days on the dating scene.
"I was single until I was 39, I only met my husband then. I have been stood up more times than you can count," she said.
"I've run the whole gamut. When you're single that long, everything happens.
"That's why I'm sitting there genuinely with my heart in my mouth for these people.
"At the end of the day, it's how the date goes and whether that chemistry is there or not.
"I've no real tips other than the age-old 'be yourself'.
"You're going to stand or fall in the first argument you have, so you might as well be yourself on the first date."
The series will be hosted by Al Porter and will stay faithful to the original concept, with one person choosing to go on a blind date with one of three contestants behind a screen.
With so much affection for the original show, Tara insisted she and Al were not trying to replicate what Cilla and Graham did.
"They're impossible shoes to fill. That's why it's good that it's different. There will never be another Cilla and there will never be another Graham," she told the Herald.
"I know Al very well from the comedy circuit. I've always loved him, he's the perfect host."
It will be the first time on camera for many of the contestants but Tara promised they are "up for the craic".
"They were quite nervous I think beforehand because it's a big deal," she said.
"They're not performers, they're real people. They bring all of that with them.
"The show we did, it was interesting to feel those nerves in the air.
"When the screen goes back, we're just as excited to see what their reaction is going to be.
"They were all well up for it. They're dressed up and they're looking to have the craic - you need something like that on telly."
A fan of the original series, Tara admitted the show is her dream job.
"I have been biting my tongue for weeks on this because I have never been so excited in my life," she said.
"I never went out on a Saturday night until Blind Date was finished. When I got this job, I got so excited, I did a little dance."
While the show received plenty of applications from ladies looking for love, it struggled to find men for the show.
Daters were asked a range of questions to help find their perfect match, including if they had ever been married before and why their previous relationships didn't work.
A launch date for the new series has still not been set but it will most likely be in September or October.