Paul O'Grady confirmed to host Blind Date on Channel 5

/ 16 March 2017

Blind Date, the nation’s favourite match-making show, is back for a brand new series.

Hosted by Paul O’Grady, the show has been updated for the 21st century, as a new generation of love-seeking characters compete against each other to hook up with their potential love match, hiding behind the legendary sliding panel.

Paul O’Grady commented: “Blind Date is an incredibly special family show which brought laughter, tears and joy to TV viewers throughout 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.”

With no chance to swipe left, send a selfie or message back, the class of 2017 must break with modern day dating convention and rely on their basic instincts to find the chemistry.

Whilst paying respect to the traditions and family appeal of the programme with the legendary sliding panel, three question format and live studio audience, Blind Date will be updated to reflect the present day, whilst maintaining the humour, charm and cheekiness of the original show.

Blind Date will also welcome LGBT contestants for the first time and there’ll be thematic twists which will breathe new life into the series.

Are you single and looking for love? We’re looking for people to take part in the new series of Blind Date.

Apply now by emailing

The deadline for applications is midnight on 24 March 2017.

We reserve the right to extend the closing date at our discretion. All applicants must be aged 18 years or over and be legally resident and currently living in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man and not be currently employed by, or be a live-in partner or immediate relative of a So Television, Stellify or Channel 5 employee. Terms and conditions apply.