Dating show leaves Sam in the the dark
FIRST dates can be nervewracking affairs – but one city singleton took worrying about her looks out of the equation when she appeared on an unusual TV dating show.
Sam Malton (24) did not even see her date partner when she took part in Living TV show Dating in the Dark.
Sam , a sales manager at River Island in Serpentine Green , joined three single guys and two single girls to take up residence in separate apartments within a specially designed house.
They were kept apart, only meeting each other in a dating room which is kept in pitch darkness. Their dating action was captured on state-of-the-art infra-red cameras.
But despite the daunting set-up Sam, who lives with her parents in Folksworth, near Norman Cross, said it was a dream-come-true.
She spotted the show on TV last year and pals persuaded her to audition for it.
She said: “I was interested in doing a reality TV show and I thought this one was, psychologically, very interesting, so I sent in a form and was amazed when they asked me to audition.
“I was on holiday when the trailers came out last week for the programme and I had people texting me to say they had seen me on TV.
“It was strange when I actually saw the trailer for the first time.
“I think it is always hard to see yourself like that for the first time and everyone else said I was ok.”
For Sam, a former student at Sawtry College, the experience was nothing like any dates she had been on in the real world and the “daters” were barred from finding out any characteristics such as last names, age, hair colour and height.
Following their first “group date” which took place in the dark room, Sam then had to decide who she liked the sound of most, based on listening to their voices.
She said: “Normally someone asks you out so you know they fancy you and you can react to their body language on the date. So not being able to see the dates at all was really interesting.
“I am normally quite sarcastic and dry but you can usually tell I am joking. In the dark there are none of those clues, so you really have to inject your personality into your voice more.”
Their next round of dating was based on a scientific compatibility test, designed in partnership with senior lecturer for the department of Psychology at Goldsmiths University of London, Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic.
It saw the couples sent back to the dark room to find out whether there really is any scientific basis for romantic chemistry.
And finally, in a dramatic moment, each of the daters were given the chance to see their date in the flesh for the first time.
Then, in a brutal culmination, the potential love birds had to decide whether to date or ditch their suitors.
But Sam is remaining tightlipped over the outcome of her date until it the show is aired and is keeping her friends and family “in the dark” about whether she found true love or got the heaveho.
She added: “I am not sure which episodes are in which order and I am not allowed to reveal too much as it would spoil the surprise.
“The ending is quite a shock, but a funny shock, but you will have to watch it and see.”