Everyone’s favourite dating show Take Me Out is making some big changes to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
The king of dating, host Paddy Guinness, is returning with the 10th series of the hit show early next year and there will be two very special episodes to celebrate.
For the first time the show will include older contestants and the famous ‘flirty thirty’ will be men instead of women.
For a one-off gender swap episode, three girls will come down the Love Lift to pick from 30 male contestants who have all been on previous series of the show.
Paddy’s favourite male contestants are returning for another chance to find their one true love and let’s hope they’re in luck this time round!
Another special episode will be for over-50s only allowing older contestants the opportunity to win a trip to the legendary Isle of Fernando’s!
— BBC Newsbeat (@BBCNewsbeat) September 13, 2017
Thirty fabulous single older ladies looking for love will feature on the episode, something host Paddy is very excited about.
I’m so excited to be celebrating ten series of Take Me Out.
I always look forward to seeing romance blossom amongst a new line up of ladies and gents, including the over 50s!
I’m also going to be catching up with the couples who got together after meeting on the show.
Bring it on, let the tenth see the series!
As Paddy says, these special episodes will also see the host reunite with the success stories from previous series.
So far an incredible seven weddings and three babies have come from matches made on the show!
Considering the show has been criticised in the past for focusing on looks rather than personality, it is clear Take Me Out is doing something right!
Paddy isn’t the only one that is excited about the tenth series…
Suzy Lamb, Head of Entertainment, Thames and Executive Producer added:
I’m thrilled that Take Me Out will return to celebrate its tenth series.
I’m sure there will be love matches a plenty if Paddy has anything to do with it and with two specials as well it’s set to be one of the best series yet.
We can’t wait to see what hilarity the one-off specials bring!
Take Me Out is the most successful dating show format in the world having been sold to 33 territories.
And not only does it lead to love and marriage between contestants, but the show also works its magic behind the scenes with its crew too…
Love is even in the air backstage on Take Me Out; our very own Lewis and Lauren met whilst working on the show & got married on Saturday! pic.twitter.com/idgz0Tthja
— Take Me Out (@takemeoutuk) September 13, 2017
If you fancy taking part in the tenth series, then applications are open now.
To sign up, go to Take Me Out‘s website and you never know, you might bag yourself a date and win a trip to the Isle of Fernando’s!
Applications close on October 14 and auditions will then take place across the country.
All applicants must be 18 years old or over and if you know someone who fancies taking part in the over-50’s only special, they can email [email protected].
Just remember folks: no likey, no lighty!
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.