Fireman in pole position on One Night Stand
SCORES of eligible men have applied for RTE's dating show One Night Stand after the Herald revealed that three former Rose of Tralee contestants would search for love in the programme's last episode.
Former Rose escorts, musicians and one modelling firefighter are among the sexy bachelors lined up to meet former Roses Isabelle Green (Galway), Martha Gilheaney (Leitrim) and Frances Rafferty (Belfast), on Saturday.
Fireman Mark Adams, from Dublin, told the Herald that he was looking for romance even though he was anxious about being rejected in public.
"I don't know what to expect but I hope the girls won't be too cruel, I suppose it's too late to back out now, I think it will be a bit of a laugh, and I'm single so I may as well try," the 31-year-old said.
The Malahide native has been signed to John Compton's model agency for eight years, and is featured on the cover of the 2011 Irish Fire Brigade Calendar.
"I was also going to be on Big Brother the year before last, I went through all the stages, but when I went into hiding for two weeks beforehand, some model rang a national newspaper and I was dropped from the show," he said.
"I was in the Coronas' last video and that's where I really got comfortable in front of the cameras."
Despite his obvious good looks, Mark has been single for some time.
"To be honest, I've just had no time to date. I have a son Lee (11) that I raise on my own, and I work all the time so I can't really go out anymore," Mark explained.
The suitor is likely to face tough competition from Rose escorts who have the advantage of already knowing the three gorgeous ladies.
However, one such bachelor, Brian Nordon (22) from Dundalk, Co Louth, believes this may turn against him.
"I probably would have preferred if the three girl contestants weren't Roses actually because they all already know me and I won't be able to impress them as much," Brian told the Herald.
The sales executive met all three participants at this year's Rose of Tralee festival.
"Isabelle just talks to everyone and can make anyone laugh in the room," the French and Spanish speaker said. "Martha is a fantastic dancer and while she's not as talkative at first, she's really nice when you get to know her. Frances always makes time for everybody, it's our job as escorts to push them along when people are asking them for autographs but she found the time for every supporter."