What Take Me Out hopefuls told us was too rude for telly, reveals Ray
CHEEKY: Applications for dating show left little to the imagination
CANDIDATES for TV3's new dating show Take Me Out shared a little more than some cheeky banter, the Herald can reveal.
The game show's host, Today FM DJ Ray Foley, admitted that he was surprised at just how explicit some of the participants had been on their entry forms in their attempts to stand out.
"We found that some of the applications focused on sex and sexuality when they answered questions about themselves," the 30-year-old broadcaster said.
"They were very frank and honest, but thankfully it was not up to me to bring up those experiences on air."
The happily married journalist admitted that he would be unlikely to participate in a dating show if he were single because he did not have the prerequisites: "Good looks and confidence."
The Irish version of Take Me Out was filmed in The Helix on the Dublin City University campus, it will start airing this Friday at 9pm on the independent television station.
The programme follows the same format as its British counterpart with 30 single girls choosing to date or ditch each guy they are presented with.
The girls can reject each man as soon as he arrives on set by turning off the light in front of him, and if more than one girl is interested in him, the man can then choose which one he would like to go on a date with.
According to Ray, the pair is then sent "to the optimistically entitled Shifters nightclub where the two lovebirds can enjoy a bottle of champagne on us", or more if they hit it off.
The show has proved so successful that a second series has already been filmed and will be shown on Irish television in the new year with Ray returning as host.
While the Ballina native failed to pick up dating tips on the show, he did impart his wisdom to the male candidates.
"One thing I had to tell all the guys was that girls don't like to see them dancing as they arrive on set to the song that they've chosen, that's an assured 'blackout'.
"And don't choose obscure songs or heavy metal because no one will get it.
"It also struck me that even though girls were quite fussy in terms of looks, they were often simply attracted by guys who carried themselves with confidence and were there for a bit of a laugh."
The radio pro revealed that the incidence of 'blackouts' -- when no one picks a bachelor and he is forced to go home -- was quite high.
"There were a lot of blackouts, maybe three dates and two blackouts in the first few episodes, but after that they became less fussy.
"Some of the participants gained a newfound confidence because of the show, they made this very public statement that yes they are single and on the market and also that they were up for a laugh.
"One woman who had been single for years and didn't pick anyone or get picked for a date, ended up meeting someone in the audience as a result of the show -- at the end of the episode the guy just asked her if she fancied a coffee.
"I think it was a very positive experience for all who participated, we've certainly had good feedback."