Those who hope to be chosen sit in a soundproof booth and listen to their parents tell all kinds of embarrassing stories that may not show them in the best light.“Sometimes this works really well and sometimes it doesn’t,” says Holly.“The parents may come up with stories that they think are good, but the potential date might be sitting there thinking,‘What are you saying?!
’” The contestants are given one opportunity to stop their loved ones blabbing their worst secrets to potential dates.
I don’t know what’s going to happen in Season 3, but for me, this all feels so natural.” RELATEDGirl Meets World‘s Riley/Lucas/Maya Love Triangle: Where Do You Stand?
The 35-year-old TV presenter confesses that she’s forever setting her friends up on blind dates, and has enjoyed helping people find love on shows such as ITV2’s Streetmate, Holly & Fearne Go Dating (with her mate Fearne Cotton) and this week, a new ITV show called Meet The Parents.
An old romantic at heart, she clearly wants the rest of the country to find the same sort of marital bliss she’s found with her husband of nine years, TV producer Dan Baldwin.“I love anything to do with dating and matchmaking and love,” confirms This Morning host Holly, when we meet at ITV Studios in London to discuss her new project.“I love Take Me Out and I was a massive fan of Blind Date.
I liked how it was really about human nature, what we will and won’t do for people.
TVLINE That said, the fans are getting pretty heated about this love triangle.
What’s something you want them to remember in the midst of their ‘shipping wars?
In a way, it’s flattering that fans are getting possessive over these characters, since it clearly means we’ve created characters worth getting possessive over. Honestly, I think everybody is just in this hormonal feelings-fest, where nobody knows what the heck they’re feeling.So it’s great when you present a show that you’d want to watch anyway.”With Meet The Parents, Holly is hoping for happily ever afters for all the couples matched – but the show has an awkward twist that may make the path to true love a bumpy one.Instead of contestants interviewing potential dates themselves, they’ll interrogate their potential dates’ parents instead.After the parents have answered a series of questions, the chooser picks a date, and in a First Dates’ type scenario, the newly matched couple immediately head to a restaurant rigged with cameras for a meal, so the audience gets to see how well suited they are.Although Holly has experience of hosting dating shows, she says she doesn’t have much dating expertise herself.“For example, Harry is in a football team now, so it would be a much bigger wrench.” Saturday nights are also family viewing time, which means sitting down with the kids to watch Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor.