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Jennifer's dating show has love rival as TV3 plan for Take Me Out

TV3 is gearing up to launch its own dating show to rival RTE's forthcoming programme with Jennifer Maguire.

The station is gearing up to adapt hit ITV series Take Me Out, which every week sees a panel of 30 single women put a brave bachelor through his paces as they decide whether they want to date him or not.

Hosted across the water by Paddy McGuinness, it has gone down a storm with audiences with TV3 hoping to score a similar success with an Irish version.

Made by Sideline Productions, an appeal has now been issued for eager singletons to take part in the show.

Sources say that the programme will be recorded in Dublin in October 2010 and they're looking for plenty of participants, who will have to audition to get on to the show.

In a two-page application form, respondents are asked a lengthy list of questions, such as whether they have any unusual or irritating habits and if they have ever been married or engaged before.

They are also asked to reveal if they have any nicknames, the longest relationship they've had or list their greatest achievement.

"We are seeking fun-loving contestants with one thing on their mind. Are you single and want to be on TV? Have you the style and the personality to wow a TV3 primetime audience?" the publicity blurb reads.

They are appealing for plenty of men to get involved: "Do you know a male hunk or single hot guy who can show off their talents? Are you a male with the confidence to win over the studio gals -- then you also should apply to be put to the screen test."

The format of the show sees dozens of girls standing behind a podium with a light on as an eager man comes onto the stage.

If they don't like the look of the gentleman in question, they can press a buzzer and count themselves out of competing for a date with the guy. He is asked a series of questions in a bid to find out what kind of personality he is until it's whittled down to just a few girls left and it's then down to the bachelor to pick who he would most like to go on a date with.

The show has already proved a big hit in the UK as well as Holland, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, China and Australia.

mfinn@herald.ie