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Joel Creasey aims to be the ul­ti­mate wing­man in his lat­est TV role.

As the host of Take Me Out, the new ver­sion of the Aussie dat­ing show Taken Out which in­spired the Chi­nese spin-off If You Are The One cur­rently en­joy­ing a cult fol­low­ing on SBS, he in­tro­duces a se­ries of sin­gle men to a panel of dis­cern­ing sin­gle women known as the Flirty 30.

“I never saw Taken Out when it started here but I’m a huge fan of If You Are The One,” Creasey says.

“My par­ents are Bri­tish, so I’ve watched a bit of Take Me Out in the UK. When they called me about it, it was some­thing I never con­sid­ered my­self for but fur­ther down the track I thought ‘this has to be mine’. It’s lovely to be part of it now that it’s com­ing back to Australia fully-formed and all shiny. It’s ex­cit­ing.”

The new gig has its sim­i­lar­i­ties to his role as Euro­vi­sion co-host for SBS, even though he’s play­ing match­maker rather than cul­tural com­men­ta­tor.

“With Euro­vi­sion you never know what’s go­ing to hap­pen, and with Take Me Out you never know what’s go­ing to come out th­ese girls’ mouths,” he says.

“Gosh they re­ally made me laugh. There’s re­ally noth­ing to lose for the girls. They’re in charge.”

Creasey spent a week study­ing up on his panel women, who must choose whether or not to keep their light on – sig­nalling their in­ter­est in go­ing on a date – as they get to know po­ten­tial suit­ors over three rounds.

“I have to re­mem­ber where all 30 girls are po­si­tioned on the stage. I knew it was go­ing to be a lot of work and that I needed to meet them all to put a face to a name,” he says.

“I had a week of in­ten­sive study with my writ­ing team just learn­ing about them.

“We start with 30 but then there are 20 girls who come in through­out the sea­son (re­plac­ing those who land dates), so there were about 50 girls I met one by one over two days.”

But Creasey wasn’t afraid to stick up for his fel­low men when they faced re­jec­tion from the panel.

“I’m ev­ery­one’s wing­man. I had to tell them off some­times be­cause they’d say ‘oh, he’s too tall’ or ‘he’s too short’,” he says.

“I re­ally re­spect the guys be­cause they had such a good sense of hu­mour about it. Ev­ery­one came into it know­ing it’s a comedy show first and fore­most.

“It’s in­ter­est­ing see­ing what th­ese girls went for. Of­ten it was com­pletely dif­fer­ent to what they told me they wanted. I think some­times when you see some­one and have a con­nec­tion then all the rules go out the win­dow.”

Creasey hopes the show pro­vides some light­hearted comic re­lief for view­ers.

“We know what we are and we’re not try­ing to rein­vent the wheel,” he says. “We’re not try­ing to break any­one’s hearts. You’re not tun­ing in for the catty in­fight­ing.

“When my boyfriend and I sit down to watch TV, which is ev­ery night, if we’re watch­ing some­thing like The Hand­maid’s Tale then we need a show to watch be­fore or after and this is that. It’s a fun, light­hearted night on the TV.

“It’s naughty but it’s mostly in­nu­endo and if your child gets it then you need to find out who they’re hang­ing out with.”

Take Me Out screens Tues­days at 7.30pm on Chan­nel 7

Host Joel Creasey with his 'Flirty 30' panel on new Chan­nel 7 dat­ing show Take Me Out.

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