"Social media platforms may have changed the rules of the game for millennials, but on Blind Date you've still got to find the real-life chemistry.
"The show respects its original traditions but there is a contemporary flavour to reflect the world today," he said.
Liverpool born singer Cilla Black hugs the award that names her as Britain's Best Female Singer in a poll organised by a pop music newspaper, at the Cafe Royal in London, England on Feb.
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It was announced last month that a revival of the show is planned without its iconic host, with Graham Norton’s production company So Television set to bring it back for a new run on Channel 5.
Today, Paul O’Grady announced he would be stepping into his late friend’s shoes as the host.
Singer and TV host Cilla Black fronted the ITV dating show for nearly two decades, from 1985 until 2004.
The TV legend, who was integral to the original series, passed away in August 2015.
The mum-of-three previously had the backing of Cilla to present a revamped version of ‘Blind Date’.
Speaking in 2013, the late star said on ‘This Morning’: “Holly works ever so hard, and I used to do 28 shows a year, but look I’m 70 and I think I’ve had my time. ” Holly admitted she would be keen on taking over the reins of the show, adding: “Well… I used to love it very much.” The ‘Celebrity Juice’ star also already has experience in the match-making department, having presented a revived version of Davina Mc Call’s dating show ‘Streetmate’ for ITV2 in 2007, before hosting ‘Holly And Fearne Go Dating’ with best pal Fearne Cotton. Cilla may sadly no longer be with us, but we're still excited about the news of her classic show's surprise return to Channel 5, and we couldn't help but remember its many hilarious and awkward (or hilariously awkward) moments of old.If the new version can capture just a smidge of this kind of TV gold, we're on for a winner.“Paul is the perfect choice to bridge the old and the new, capturing the essence and charm of a series that became staple Saturday night family viewing in living rooms up and down country, whilst attracting and appealing to a whole new generation of TV viewers.” The upcoming season will be the first to feature LGBT contestants.Channel 5 said: “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.Cilla Black's son has said his mum would have been "very happy" that her close friend Paul O' Grady is stepping into her shoes to host Blind Date.