“Come on, ladies, don’t be shy”
Are you an LGBT singleton looking for love? Well lucky you! TV producers are searching for LGBTQ+ candidates for First Dates Ireland. Applications are open for the 4th season of the show, which will kick off early next year.
An Irish take on the Channel 4 hit series, First Dates sets couples up on a blind date over dinner in The Gibson Hotel. What ensues next is often a mixture of hilarious, cringe-worthy, and heart-warming moments.
COCO Television, the production company behind the hit RTÉ show, has put out a call for LGBTQ+ daters for its upcoming season.
LGBTQ and looking for love? ?️?❤️
— COCO Television (@COCOtv) July 6, 2018
First Dates has made huge strides towards equal representation of same-sex couples in comparison to other typically heterosexual reality dating shows (we’re looking at you Love Island). They’ve featured gay, bisexual and lesbian couples, and last season saw the shows first trans-participant, Dublin-based writer and model (and one of our top queer Irish to look out for in 2018) Laylah Beattie.
Over the past 3 seasons of the Irish version of the show, they’ve captured some gorge queer moments that have melted hearts all over the country. Earlier this year, we saw former Mr.Gay Ireland pair up for a date with John Charles Connelly, a member of the deaf community, for the show’s first ever signed date.
Herald columnist and Head of Development at COCO Television Anna Nolan also tweeted “First Dates Ireland needs you. They’re especially looking for lesbians. Come on, ladies, don’t be shy”. On Facebook, First Dates has also put a call out for contestants over 30.
Applicants must be over 18 to apply and must be willing to recount their best and worst dating experiences and upload a picture of themselves.
Applications can made at cocotelevision.ie/firstdates.
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