Blind Date revival will have LGBT contestants

Ben Lee
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From Digital Spy

Now this sounds amazing. When Blind Date finally returns to our screens, there will be at least one major difference.

For the first time in the show's history, LGBT contestants will be looking for love.

This new information comes from BuzzFeed News, which says that a member of the production company behind the revamp confirmed the news.

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And not only that, but it looks like the Blind Date revival will make an effort for diversity.

The employee told BuzzFeed News that they were "in need of people from all sorts of different backgrounds".

One of the casting producers added: "Blind Date is for everyone."

Photo credit: ITV / Rex Shutterstock

Related: 8 classic Blind Date moments, from Amanda Holden to Cilla Black exposing a journalist

There's been a lot of speculation on who could be filling Cilla Black's shoes when Blind Date makes its Channel 5 debut (moving from the show's original channel ITV), hopefully later this year.

One person is Vicky Pattison, who seems pretty keen on taking the presenting gig.

Holly Willoughby has ruled herself out, though, explaining that she is exclusively signed with ITV.

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Olly Murs, Georgia May Foote, Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan, and even Kylie Minogue have also been rumoured as possible presenters.

Blind Date is planned for Friday nights, but one former viewer who won't be tuning in when the revamp launches is Christopher Biggins, who called the revival "very depressing".

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