Hosted by 46-year-old Anna Richardson, the programme sees a series of six contestants strip down to select a date in the buff. I think it’s quite hard to get rejected – most people who apply get on,” he said.
Revealing all about the show, brave participant Gavin explained that there was not a financial incentive to take part in the show, but everyone who does appear is “quite like-minded”.“If you’re on standby and you don’t appear on the show then you get paid £75 for being in the room. Speaking to i News, the contestant told how he had to audition naked before the cameras started rolling, explaining: “I went down to Newcastle, sat down and chatted with a camerawoman and a male interviewee.
If you didn’t cop an eyeful of series one last summer, here’s how it works: there are six pods, behind which stand six nude singletons.
Their bodies are revealed bit by bit, starting in round one when their feet up to their waists are revealed.
“Meeting someone naked, it’s going to be really interesting to see who I’m most attracted to.
Because I’m pansexual, that’s a lot of options really,” says Izzy, who is presented with men, women, and transgender people in the pods.
The Shropshire-born vicar’s daughter also has a track record in making no-holds-barred documentaries including Secret Eaters and The Sex Education Show, when she had an STI screening on air.
“My role is to guide the singletons through the picking process.
But the latest series of Channel 4 dating show Naked Attraction, in which single contestants pick a prospective partner from a line-up of nude people, had thousands of people applying to take part.Then they said ‘Can you take your clothes off now and pitch yourself to us? It wasn’t so awkward, they made me feel at ease.”Appearing on the show out of a sense of “patriotic duty”, the Kenyan-born bar manager from Edinburgh saw an advert online revealing that there had been a lack of interest in the show from Scottish audiences.Brought to the studio in the nude for 7am filming, 24-year-old Gavin continued: “It’s a long day.It ended up being from seven in the morning to three in the afternoon to film half an hour of television.”Ogled on television alongside six others, he gushed: “They come round and take loads of pictures for the mash ups. You were sweating because there was a light shining on you, but there was a draft so it was a bit cold, so there was quite a lot of shaking going on by the boys.Whenever the camera wasn’t on, everyone was shaking themselves to try and make themselves look bigger.”Unfortunately for Gavin, Adele picked another contestant and knocked him out of the competition after just two rounds, but Gavin said that only one of his on-screen rivals felt that their confidence had taken a hit.Richardson was proud the show included trans contestants. It’s good to be challenging this and our preconceptions — even making sure we were getting the pronoun right when describing them, it’s not just he or she,” she says.“It’s really fascinating.” With her warmth and good humour, Richardson is the perfect host for the “dating in reverse” show.The pair have been dating since meeting at a party in 2013, and Richardson has described Perkins as an “extraordinary person” and “endlessly interesting”.Richardson reportedly turned down a presenting role on the newly revamped Bake Off out of loyalty to Perkins, who quit when the show moved from BBC One to Channel 4. Richardson isn’t sure how it would work: “We both love the spotlight,” she quips.In each round, one person is eliminated based on who the picker finds least physically attractive at that stage. Host Anna Richardson insists the contestants weren’t just there to show off their gym-honed bodies or grab their 15 minutes of fame.At the end, the picker also gets naked, and the pair head off for a — fully clothed — date. “We’re not only making entertaining television, we’re also changing lives,” she says.