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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot in the most magical May wedding this year. Their love story is like something out of a fairytale and we couldn't be more jealous. 

They may be one of the most-loved celebrity couples of the 21st century, but like all of us, former Suits actress Meghan couldn’t help but worry after her first date with the prince.

A close friend of the royal couple set them up on a blind date back in 2016. 

Meghan only had one question to ask about her now-husband when her friend recommended going on a date with him.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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All she asked was “Is he nice and kind?”

The couple enjoyed an “intoxicating first date” but Meghan was extremely worried about one thing in particular.

According to royal biographer Andrew Morton, the Duchess of Sussex was afraid she came across as too eager after she agreed to a second date with the prince.

"As she relived that fateful evening in her mind, she perhaps wondered if she had been too eager to accept his invitation to meet again the following day.”

We’re sure the Duke of Sussex was thrilled when Meghan agreed to a second date: "They were mesmerised by one another, Harry enthralled by her beauty, sophistication and perceptiveness.”

Now if only we could find a fella like Prince Harry.

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TV3 has axed the final six episode's of Al Porter's Blind Date, which were due to air early next year.

The decision comes following a string of allegations made against the comedian turned broadcaster claiming that he acted inappropriately towards a number of fellow comedians at various events over the past five years.

According to reports, 12 episodes of the popular game show had been filmed, with the second half of the series due to go to air in January 2018. 

A source told The Irish Mail on Sunday, "It's an absolute disaster for TV3. They spent a fortune on Blind Date, buying the format, the production, the promotion, not to mention Al's salary, but they are left with no option."

"The remaining six will never see the light of day, it's an absolute disaster all-round."

Since the allegations came to light, Al has resigned from his role as lunchtime presenter on Today FM and has been axed from this year's Olympia panto. 

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Since the comeback was confirmed, we have been waiting patiently on the return of Blind Date.

And now you can see the mischief unfold for yourself as Al Porter steps into the role of matchmaker.

Yep, TV3 is offering you and your mates the opportunity to be part of the live show audience in The Helix in Dublin.

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To apply for Blind Date audience tickets simply go on to the TV3 website, and click into the 'Take Part' section.

Then select the show number you would like to attend (there will be ten shows to choose from) along with details of your name, contact number and the amount of tickets you would like (max. 5).

You must be 18 or over to apply, and be available on these dates:

SHOW 1: Tuesday 11 July at 3pm

SHOW 2: Wednesday 12 July at 1pm

SHOW 3: Wednesday 12 July at 3.30pm

SHOW 4: Wednesday 12 July at 6.30pm

SHOW 5: Thursday 13 July at 1pm

SHOW 6: Thursday 13 July at 3.30pm

SHOW 7: Thursday 13 July 6.30pm

SHOW 8: Friday 14 July at 1pm

SHOW 9: Friday 14 July at 3.30pm

SHOW 10: Friday 14 July at 6.30pm

Allocation of tickets will be on a first come, first serve basis – so don't miss out!

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Move over Cilla Black, there's a new matchmaker in town.

Comedian and Today FM host, Al Porter is on board to present the new series of Blind Date, set to hit Irish television screens this autumn.  

TV3 made the announcement this afternoon and Al is said to be "beyond delighted" about the new role. 

According to independent.ie, he said, "[I] leaped at the chance to do it!"

"I remember watching shows like Blind Date with Cilla as my Mam ironed and my Nana laughed and it doing just that – cheering us all up!”

''Blind Date on TV3 will be broad fun, family entertainment! …Now, to practice saying "what's your name, where do you come from?!''

But that's not all.

TV3 are looking for Ireland's most eligible singletons to take part. 

So, if you fancy letting Al set you up with the the love of your life, you can apply now. 

Photos by: Brian McEvoy

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In case you missed the news, Blind Date is making a comeback after 13 years of being off-air.

The show will hit the UK's Channel 5 later this year and after much speculation, the new host has finally been announced.

*Drum roll please*

Paul O'Grady is going to step into Cilla Black's shoes!

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The 61-year-old was BFFs with Cilla, who presented the show for a whopping 18 years.

After the news was announced, Paul said in a statement: "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."

We can't wait to see the new series.

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In a world of swiping left or right on potential baes, blind dating isn't usually on our radars. We need to have a creep on their Facebook before agreeing to meet.

However, the original TV dating show Blind Date is about to bring the trend back, as the show is set to return after 13 years off-air.

Channel 5 is taking over the show, not ITV, and is rebooting it for a modern audience. 

The show format follows three potential love interests who are all asked questions by a member of their gender of interest, who hears their answers through a screen without seeing them.

Based on their personalities and answers alone, the pursuer of love makes his or her choice about which potential date is for them. 

"Blind Date is the original dating show and it’s huge news to bring it back," an insider told The Sun. 

"It’s a classic format that will be rebooted to make it young, sexy and modern. Expect sparks to fly.

"In an age of Tinder, you have got to earn the right to love on this show".

The late Cilla Black was an absolute Blind Date icon, and lined up to potentially take on her hosting position are Vicky Pattinson, Olly Murs and Scarlett Moffatt.

The show is set to return some time this year.

The sooner the better, if you ask us!

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If you thought a blind date was nerve-wracking, try a blind wedding.

Earlier today, Irish radio station iRadio pulled off one of the most bizarre stunts we've ever heard of when they convinced two complete strangers to get married. To each other. Live on the radio.

The wedding (100% legal and binding, by the way) was part of iRadio's Three Strangers and a Wedding project which has been running for the last few weeks. The project saw listeners select one future bride from a number of applicants, who then went on to choose two mystery suitors for herself.

The aim of the whole thing? To find out if love really is blind, and if two people who have never met "fall in love, and live happily ever after," according to iRadio.

All three participants, the woman and two men, were given fake names to stop them Googling one another or finding out more. Ann Marie, who went under the name "Juno", then went on two dinner dates with each of the men. To make the first dates even more awkward, she was separated from each of the men, "Janus" and "Jupiter", by a wall to prevent her seeing them.

So far, so completely mental.

Today Ann Marie finally chose who she wanted to tie the knot with, marrying the lovely Nigel (a.k.a. Jupiter) live on radio. Don't they scrub up well?

The pair tied the knot in a humanist ceremony, and neither seemed too fazed by what they were signing themselves up for. They'd even prepared vows for the event, with Ann Marie telling her new husband, "I’ll do my best to be your other half / Though I don’t have the patience of a saint. Not with you, at you I’ll sometimes laugh / But I’ll try and learn restraint."

Now that they're married, the new couple are free to begin their lives together as husband and wife. Awkward? No, not at all…

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Ah, the blind date. People in relationships LOVE to fill their single friends full of wine and then trick them into agreeing to go out with ‘this guy they work with’, do they not? Here are some tips on how to get through it in one piece!

Keep your expectations low
You need to keep your expectations REALLY low, ok? Like, down in the gutter low. Well, at least in terms of your romantic prospects with this guy. The best thing is not to think of it as a date at all. It’s just a regular night out, with someone new. How fun! No? Still not convinced? Read on, so….

DO Facebook stalk them beforehand
Yeah, yeah, yeah, Facebook stalking is bad, we know. But it’s better to have SOME idea of who you’re going to meet before you walk into the bar. It’ll help you think of things to talk about as well – just look through the pages they’ve liked and try to think of some conversations in that area. Don’t try and find their ex-girlfriend though. There’s no point comparing yourself to his past!

Quiz your friend
Well, this is all their fault after all, isn’t it? The least they can do is answer a few questions. Good questions to ask include:

  • Does he get around much?
  • Can he drive?
  • How much does he love his mammy?
  • Is he a serial relationship guy?
  • Has he ever done a stint in jail?
  • Has he got road frontage? (for country guys)

Setting up the date
He’ll probably send you an awkward text introducing himself and asking where you’d like to meet. It is vital – VITAL – that you meet somewhere that doesn’t force you to spend more than like, one hour with the guy. The cinema is kind of the exception to the rule because at least you won’t have to talk to him, but if he hints at a romantic five course meal, do NOT agree.

When you’re on the date
Some basic tips for any date really:

  • Don’t get too personal
  • Don’t talk about your ex
  • Don’t leave it up to him to make all the conversation
  • Make sure to offer to pay, you don’t want him thinking you’re a cheapskate

Saying goodbye
If it went well, this will be easy. Whether or not you want to go in for a kiss is up to you, but do make it clear that you enjoyed yourself. But if you didn’t enjoy yourself, the best thing is just to thank him for his time (in a less formal way, obvs) and make no mention of meeting, or texting again. If it was that bad he’ll probably have an inkling himself anyway. Good luck!

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