'Blind Date' to feature bisexual contestants for the first time.

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ALTERNATIVE CROP Paul O’Grady on stage at the Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye, Powys. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
ALTERNATIVE CROP Paul O’Grady on stage at the Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye, Powys. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)

Blind Date will make history next month, with bisexual contestants having the option to choose between men or women for the first time in the programme’s run.

The dating show, which is aired by Channel 5, traditionally only catered for straight participants. But since the programme was rebooted in 2017, with Paul O’Grady replacing his late friend Cilla Black on presenting duties, the show has attempted to reflect a changing society with a more diverse approach.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 18: Cilla Black accepts the Bafta Special Award for her service to entertainment with Paul O’Grady at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at Theatre Royal on May 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 18: Cilla Black accepts the Bafta Special Award for her service to entertainment with Paul O’Grady at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at Theatre Royal on May 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

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O’Grady has said of the upcoming episode: “I’m delighted that Blind Date is continuing to be inclusive by giving a platform to those who identify as bisexual.

“It was a joy to film and I’m sure Cilla would have been proud.”

Singer and TV presenter Black, who died in 2015, was the original host of Blind Date when it ran on ITV between 1985 and 2003.

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When Channel 5 rebooted the former telly favourite, with O’Grady at the helm, attempts were made to make it more inclusive, making headlines by including same sex pairings for the first time, as well as an episode including drag artists.

In a previous interview with Gay Times, O’Grady revealed his fellow scouser Black had unsuccessfully tried to convince TV bosses to include same sex couples in the programme. He said: “At the time it was, ‘Oh no, we can’t have that.’ Because you know what the press are like. ‘Filth, disgusting’. I love it when they get on their high horse and ride up to high moral grounds because the air must be very thin up there, that’s all I can say.”


The episode in question, which will air in May, will introduce beauty consultant Jordan, who will present questions to and decide between model Jesse, French master’s student Zoe, and support worker Lily.

I’m sure ‘Our Jordan’ will make the right choice and the episode will include a ‘lorra lorra laughs’.

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