Derry girl to vie for a date on prime time TV game show

A Derry girl will be among 30 looking for love in the new series of the prime time dating show ‘Take Me Out’ next week.

Gemma Elliott, 22, an accountancy student currently living in Leeds, will take to the stage for eight weeks alongside the other contenders and presenter Paddy McGuinness when the hit TV show returns.

The show sees male contestants vie for the attention of the ladies on the panel, with the catchphrase “No likey, no lighty” referring to the selection process.

Should Gemma or the other girls not like the man trying to make a good impression to hook up on a date, they simply switch off their lights, signifying they are not interested.

When there are just a few lights left, the tables are turned and the male contestant gets to choose who from the remaining girls will accompany him on a date to the “island of love”.

The show is hosted by funnyman Paddy McGuinness and according to the prodcuers the main purpose of the series is to host a social experiment examining the social and cultural values of people living in Britain with regard to their relationship with those of the opposite sex.

However, there is some comedic value, mostly provided by its array of catchphrases, made famous by McGuinness such as “Let the (object) see the (object)”, “No likey, no lighty!”, “If you’re turned off, turn off.”, “If he’s not Mr Right, turn off your light”, “Get out there, turn one girl off and take one girl out!”, “Come and get a bit of Paddy love!”

Unlike other dating shows the girls on the panel appear again and again throughout the course of the show.

Former St. Cecilia’s student, Gemma Elliot, is currently studying accountancy at Leeds Metropolitan University while working part-time as a shoe sales assistant and as an aspiring model.

The next series of ‘Take Me Out’ begins airing on ITV on January 4.