We had no idea they were even in the running!
The noughties just wouldn’t have been the same without our regular Saturday night instalment of Blind Date. And now the dating show made famous by Cilla Black is returning to our screens this summer.
Blind Date is coming back on Saturday 17th June at 7pm. Graham Norton, who was a close friend of the late Cilla Black, will host the show. Take a look at what to expect from the classic TV show comeback:
So, who will we see on our screens?
As well as Graham Norton, who will be hosting the show, the new voice of the hit dating TV series has been revealed as none other than TV presenter Melanie Sykes!
Commenting on the news, the 46-year-old said:
“It’s an honour to be joining such an iconic show and to be working alongside my dear friend Paul.
“I can’t wait to help a new generation find love on the show.”
On the unexpected appointment Channel 5’s Commissioner Sean Doyle added: “Mel has the perfect mix of charm, cheek and warmth to work on this new version of Blind Date.”
But who’s the new host?
And as if the reboot of the iconic mathmatchmaking show isn’t exciting enough, the new host has been announced as none other than Paul O’Grady. The late presenter’s long-time friend will be adding his own unique brand of humour to the new show format. On the news, presenter Paul said:
“Blind Date is an incredibly special family show which brought laughter, tears and joy to TV viewers.
“I am honoured to present the brand new series and after speaking to Channel 5, I know the series is in safe hands.”
And despite late singer’s son Robert initially giving his seal of approval to former Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison as a potential host, he revealed his delight at the final choice.
Speaking to The Mirror, 46-year-old said: “Mum would have been very happy.
“If there was anyone she’d have wanted to do it, it would be him.
“He’ll make it his own. Blind Date was always about the funny moments.
“He’s not one of those guys with someone on an earpiece telling him what to say.
“He thinks for himself, like my mum. She never used those things.”
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He also gave a thumbs up to a refreshed format for the long-running dating show adding:
“Blind Date was a family show and ran on a Saturday night at 7pm. They might go down that route or it might be a bit Ex on the Beach or Geordie Shore.
“They are great fun too and sometimes you have to update and be modern. As long as they capture the original’s sense of fun, am sure it will be great.”