It has been reported that Paul O’Grady will be assisted by Vicky Pattison on the ‘Blind Date’ reboot.
Could this be the perfect presenting duo that the revamped show needs?
We think so!
Rumours had swirled that the popular ‘Geordie Shore’ star was stepping into the late Cilla Black’s shoes for the revamp of the hit dating show but it was revealed yesterday that TV legend Paul O’Grady – who was best friends with the Liverpudlian star until her death in 2015 – has been nabbed to present the new series.
And fans of Vicky will be delighted to hear that she’s still involved and has reportedly been asked to work alongside him on the show.
A source told The Sun newspaper: “Vicky is so excited to be working on such an iconic show as ‘Blind Date’. She knows Paul is perfect to step into Cilla’s shoes. To be considered to work alongside such a legend is a dream come true for her.”
‘Blind Date’ ran for almost two decades from 1985 until 2003 and saw three singletons grilled by a member of the opposite sex in order to find the perfect match without being able to see them.
The new couple were then transported to a secret holiday destination abroad or in the UK where they got to know one another.
Bosses are said to be keen to keep some of the “traditional” elements of the previous show but have decided to give it an updated twist to appeal to a “new generation of viewers” and it’s expected to run on Friday nights – rather than its traditional Saturday night slot – and will consist of six to eight episodes per series for the first few installments.
‘Blind Date’ proved a hit with viewers for years but the plug was pulled in 2003 when Cilla announced she was quitting live on air following a drop in ratings. The star tragically passed away in 2015 following a fatal fall at her Spanish home, but Paul, 61, admitted he feels so “honoured” that he’s been chosen to follow in his pal’s footsteps and front the classic series.
He said: “‘Blind Date’ is an incredibly special family show which brought laughter, tears and joy to TV viewers throughout out the land. I am honoured to present the brand new series and after speaking to Channel 5, I know the series is in safe hands. I can’t wait to see if we can find love.”
We are so excited for this series to hit screens late this year and think Paul and Vicky will be a winning presenting team!