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Davina McCall says 'The Language of Love' is different from other dating shows.
The 54-year-old star will co-host Channel 4's new dating experiment alongside Ricky Merino and she says it is fundamentally different to reality shows such as 'Love Island' because the contestants are "incentivised to find love and not fame and success".
She told Channel4.com: "I think the most important thing to say is that this show is surprising in that it’s different from so many other dating shows in a lot of ways. Firstly, the contestants are different from the usual types of contestants you would find on a dating show. They are all invested in finding love. There’s no cash prize to be won. There’s no huge holiday off anywhere. The prize is love. So they’re incentivised to find love and not fame and success. The other thing is, because of the cultural differences, it’s so flipping funny. It’s so unexpectedly hilarious at times. Because we British behave in a certain way, and the Spaniards behave in a certain way, and me and Ricky – my Spanish co-host – we learnt so much about the Brits versus the Spanish."
And Davina is excited by how the show explores love and attraction.
She said: "The idea of the show poses the question is it possible to find love just through body language and instinct and intuition and a vibe off someone? Is it possible to find love if you don’t speak the same language? And is love at first sight a real thing? Can you maintain love if you are culturally different and you don’t speak the same language? It’s a dating show and an experiment all rolled into one.
"Love is action! The words you say in love are empty unless it’s followed by action. If you don’t show your love by actions, then loving words mean nothing."
'The Language of Love' starts 4 January at 10pm on Channel 4 and All 4.