Get ready to cringe, get awkward, and maybe feel all warm and fuzzy inside, as the UK reality TV series First Dates will be arriving in New Zealand.
The hit show, which started in the United Kingdom in 2013, follows couples who are complete strangers in their first date. There will be cameras in the restaurant recording everything, from start to finish. Then, at the end of the episode, they will be asked if they would like to have a second date.
The show is looking for people who are looking for love. These, according to the press release, are “men and women from a diverse mix of ages, occupations, ethnicity and sexual orientation who are currently single.”
Want to get an idea how the show goes? Watch the video below:
In an article published last year in The Guardian, Fred Sirieix, the maître d’ at the First Dates restaurant in the British series, said: “You look at everybody on these dates, and they could be us.”
He added: “Some of them are strange, but if it was us on the TV, it would be the exact same thing. We are all quirky in our own ways. We all think we are ‘normal’, but when you look, you realise there is no such thing as the norm.”
Andrew Shaw, TVNZ’s General Manager of Commissioning, Production and Acquisitions, said: “Nothing is as exciting or daunting as a first date. It can be the trigger for a new romance — or the most excruciating evening of your life.”
“First Dates is not only one of the most authentic dating shows ever produced, it is addictive television that has had huge success in the UK, Australia and all around the world and we can’t wait to bring a local version to TV2,” he added.
First Dates New Zealand will air on TV2 later this year.
Applications are now open. Those who are interested can visit tvnz.co.nz/FirstDatesNZ for more details.