‘YOU WON’T CATCH an STD ON OUR SHOW!’ O

Fun­ny­man Joel Creasey spills the tea on the new dat­ing show NW is ob­sess­ing over

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K, we know what you’re think­ing – not an­other re­al­ity dat­ing show. But check the scep­ti­cism at the door, be­cause Take Me Out isn’t your typ­i­cal “search­ing for love” story. Nup, there are no rose cer­e­monies or fake mar­riages here. But the big­gest dif­fer­ence?

“You won’t catch an STD from us like you will on Love Is­land,” the show’s host Joel Creasey tells NW. “With our show, we know what we are. We aren’t try­ing to pre­tend that we’re go­ing to get peo­ple mar­ried. And we’re not try­ing to pre­tend that we know some of our con­tes­tants aren’t just here for a bit of fame.” So what’s the go? The show sees a panel of 30 girls in­tro­duced to a male con­tes­tant, whose end goal is to take one of them on a date. As we learn more about the guy, the girls are able to “opt out” by turn­ing off their light. Even­tu­ally the ta­bles are turned and the guy chooses which girl he wants to wine and dine – if any of them have left their light on, that is!

What other shenani­gans can we ex­pect? Joel spills all!

Hey Joel, this show is much fun! Thanks! I had the best time do­ing it. It’s so crass, silly and ir­rev­er­ent. Would you go on the show if you

were sin­gle? I would love to, but as one of the girls. I don’t think I’d be able to go on as one of the guys... my ego couldn’t take it. Do any guys end up with zero girls left to choose from? That would be sooo awk­ward! We call it a black­out and, yeah, there

cer­tainly is a black­out at some point. Be­fore we started shoot­ing I was like, “A black­out would be the most hi­lar­i­ous thing ever, I can’t wait for it to hap­pen.” But then when it is ac­tu­ally un­fold­ing be­fore your eyes, it’s hard to watch. You have to com­fort this poor guy. What do the girls need to do to im­press the guys? It’s to­tally about first im­pres­sions. All the girls are gor­geous, so you’ve re­ally got to stand out – a sense of hu­mour helps. And how can the guys win over the

girls? It’s hard be­cause – in true girl fash­ion – the girls change what they are look­ing for ev­ery three sec­onds. You’ve got to come out with a lot of con­fi­dence. Some of the dorky guys who came with lots of con­fi­dence ac­tu­ally had so many girls left at the end. I had to tell the girls off some­times be­cause they would say they wanted some­one who loves dogs and then the sec­ond a guy comes out and has a dog, they would buzz out. I’m like, “Babe?! You’ve been bang­ing on about dogs for seven episodes! Why are you buzzing out now?” Do you have any fave con­tes­tants? I fell in love with all the girls – they’re all so funny. I be­came their gay uncle. You’re es­sen­tially play­ing Cupid. What’s it like hav­ing that power? It’s awe­some! I’m power hun­gry now. Are there any celebs you want to play match­maker for? There are a lot that need help! Susie Mclean – who used to star on The Real House­wives of Mel­bourne – is my friend and would be per­fect. If we get to do a Sea­son Two then I will ab­so­lutely be giv­ing her a call! Take Me Out airs 7.30pm Mon­days and Tues­days on Seven

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