DINNER FOR TWO A SITE FOR CUPID
Inside a Sydney restaurant over the course of nine evenings, multiple blind dates were filmed by “discreet” cameras spotted throughout the venue. Every nervous giggle, sweaty brow and eye-widening moment was captured as two strangers got to know each other before deciding whether or not to meet up for a second, off-camera, date.
Described as Gogglebox meets Perfect Match, First Dates is a huge hit in the UK where the format originated. And it looks like the local version will follow suit.
“It’s not reality television, it’s not a competition, it’s very much an observational show where real people are going on real first dates,” says First Dates executive producer Geraldine Orrock.
A team of producers spent 12 weeks matching up singles who’d applied for the show.
Describing casting as being akin to a traditional matchmaking process, Orrock says the success of the show lies in the connection viewers will form with the diners.
“We always match people for a match and we’re all hoping for success on each date,” she swears. “And if the match you’ve put together turns into a TV car crash moment? Then it happens naturally.”
FIRST DATES, CHANNEL 7, WEDNESDAY, 9PM