Playing the (TV) Dating Game

 Noelle Hegarty, from Cork, a UCC Business Studies graduate

Playing the (TV) Dating Game


Noelle Hegarty from Cork, a UCC Business Studies graduate


Noelle Hegarty, from Cork, a UCC Business Studies graduate



By David Hennessy

Take Me Out, the ITV dating show hosted by Paddy McGuinness, is appealing for applications from Irish musicians. The format of the prime time show sees a single man begin with thirty ladies to choose from. However, the catchphrase is “no likey, no lighty”, and as the man reveals more about himself, the girls can turn off their lights and eliminate themselves from the running. After videos reveal details of his personality, the man gets to show off a talent before having his pick of those girls who have their lights still on.

The Irish World grabbed a few words from Noelle Hegarty from Togher in Cork, one of the girls taking part in this current series of Take Me Out and she is very encouraging to any Irish people, either boys or girls as they are looking for both, considering applying: “To anyone thinking of signing up, I would say definitely do. If you’re looking for a laugh, definitely sign up for the show. The response that I have got on twitter and facebook and stuff is that they absolutely love the Irish accent and they all seem to love the red hair aswell. Ginger with an Irish accent would do very, very well.

“I’m having the best time of my life. The girls are so lovely, we’re all great friends. Paddy McGuinness is so nice. He mocks my accent a small bit but all the girls think of him as their big brother. If you’re ever nervous, he’ll just come over and give you a smile or a pat on the hand or something.”

So what made stunning Noelle apply? “I’ve been single for about two years and my girlfriends got together and signed me up and told me about it the next day. It’s funny because I was on holidays and I got a fortune cookie that said: ‘You will be on TV before the end of the year’. And then when I got home, they called. I couldn’t believe it, it was crazy. I was delighted.

“It was my first show on Saturday so it was strange watching it. Walking down the stairs, I was a bit scared I was going to take a tumble.”

A recent graduate from UCC with a bachelor of commerce, Noelle is travelling over to London to take part in the show but says she plans to make the move permanent as she “just loves London”.

The show’s casting producer Kelly Lynn echoes Noelle’s sentiments: “I would encourage Irish guys to get in touch because it is a really fun opportunity. You get a chance to potentially have a choice of thirty girls. When do you ever get to do that? You can’t walk into a night club where the girls who think you’re cute have a light on so you know instantly who is interested and who potentially isn’t. And also you get the chance to go and have some fun in the sun on the island of Fernando.

“I would say all our contestants that have been involved with the show have really, really enjoyed it. As a boy on the show, you really get involved with the other lads that are on your show and walk away with life-long friends, if not a date.

“On every series we’ve had, we’ve had great Irish contestants. The girls have always been really good fun and up for a laugh and the boys have always been very charming and the accent is always a winner.”

Take Me Out are specifically looking for Irish musicians but don’t be discouraged if you aren’t musical as, male or female, they would be glad to hear from you. Just go to where you can download an application form or e mail them on either or Closing date for applications is November 16.  Take Me Out is on ITV1 on Saturdays at 7.05pm.





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