Zara McDermott’s new dating show mates Catfish with Love Island

BBC Three’s new dating program promised to combine two of my favorite programs. Mix of intrigue Catfishwhich is about the truth and lies about online dating, with the pleasure of seeing hot people in bikinis à la Love Islandfirst paragraph of Love in the flesh so five couples finally get thrown together after prolonged digital flirtation. Would their chemistry translate from 5G to 3D?

Sitting by the sea in a Greek villa, ex.Love Island star Zara McDermott host when the hopefuls arrived to find out.

First out was caregiver Jess, 24, who recounted her online romance with Kwame, 28. Despite communicating for no less than five years, she and Kwame had never taken the plunge to meet IRL.

As Kwame approached the jetty, both he and Jess rolled over. Clearly, physical distance had not precluded emotional investment – though the same could not be said of the less enthusiastic 23-year-old student Brandon. When he joined his partner Hannah, 24, the tension between them was immediately apparent.

Shelby, 24, and Millie, 23, meanwhile, looked more comfortable, as did receptionist Shazelle and personal trainer Chibz. Last to be reunited were Christos and Niki – the chemistry was there, but at three years old, Christos’ older, 22-year-old Niki was worried about their age difference.

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After two years of disrupted digital dalliances, many of us are dealing with courtship with approx. By pressing this, Love in the flesh has breathed new life into the dating show – why reinvent the wheel when you could try it again, just with people who already have FaceTimed?

By the pool, Kwame and Jess’ initial attraction was already waning: I suppose we’ll discover that some things are best left to the imagination, but there’s no harm in tuning in again next week to be sure.

Love in the flesh continues Thursday, March 24 at 22.00 on BBC Three

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