Tuesday 24 April 2018

TV3's Blind Date saved by slew of applications from lads at the last minute

Al Porter TV3 Blind Date
Al Porter TV3 Blind Date

Sean O'Grady

Single men have come to its rescue and Blind Date is set to begin filming next week, the Herald can reveal.

Producers were thrilled to see a slew of males apply for the show at the 11th hour, after there had been worries the show would not have enough men to work with.

"Whether it's First Dates Ireland or Blind Date, women are always more ready to apply for shows like this," a source told the Herald.

"Fortunately, producers got a lot of guys applying at the last minute so they're very happy with the cast of characters they will be introducing viewers to later this year."

Applications closed on June 30.

Producers spent weeks narrowing down their pool of applicants before meeting the daters to get a better sense of their personalities.

TV3 unveiled comedy superstar Al Porter as the host of its brand new entertainment show Blind Date. Pictures :Brian McEvoy
TV3 unveiled comedy superstar Al Porter as the host of its brand new entertainment show Blind Date. Pictures :Brian McEvoy

Unfortunately, viewers are going to have to wait a while before they can see the matchmaking in action as the show will not air until the autumn.

"An air date hasn't been decided on yet but it will probably be September or October before anyone gets to see it," the source added.

Potential daters are asked a range of questions to help find their perfect match.

These include being asked if they have been married or divorced in the past, and what the reasons were for their previous relationships not working out.

All ages will be featured on the show and LGBT contestants will be included on the programme for the first time.

Presenter Al Porter will be playing Cupid on the TV3 series in the role made famous by the late Cilla Black, who hosted the UK version of the series from 1985 to 2003.

It will be one of the biggest TV gigs yet for the Tallaght comedian, who said he was "beyond delighted" to be fronting the show.

Lucy Kennedy was previously slated to present the Irish version of the show back in 2015 before the idea was shelved and later revived by new director of programming, Bill Malone.

Blind Date is also making a comeback in the UK this year, around the same time as the Irish version, and will be hosted by comedian Paul O'Grady.

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