Take Me Out duo reveal their dating ideal.
Dating show Take Me Out is back on our screens for a second series, and we’ve already seen two gorgeous Welsh girls on there bagging themselves dates. Emily Woodrow spoke to them about their failed quest to find ‘the one’
SERIAL dater Mimi Rees from Llandudno left her light on for Navy boy Adam from Middlesborough because she liked his accent – and the fact he wears a uniform for a living.
But after failing to find that spark on their date to Fernandos, Take Me Out’s island of love, she’s now back on the lookout for a bloke, preferably one she won’t get bored of easily.
The 20-year-old says: “I go on a lot of dates with guys – I’ve been on roughly 50 in total – but I’m quite independent and I like doing my own thing so it doesn’t usually progress to anything serious.
“I tend to date them for a few months and then get bored.
“I’ve never been in a proper relationship for that reason. I’ve pretty much always been single.
“Falling down the stairs in front of potential boyfriends doesn’t help mind. I did that once, but luckily it was only my pride that was hurt.”
Mimi applied for ITV1’s show Take Me Out as she thought it would be something different and a good opportunity to meet new people.
But despite enjoying her date and getting on well with Adam, she admits she wishes she’d turned her light off for him – the show’s way of showing a contestant’s lack of interest – and stayed on screen a little bit longer.
“I just assumed he’d turn it off, I never thought he’d choose me,” confesses the support worker.
“When I got down to the final two I was really regretting leaving it on.
“I wish I’d waited a bit longer so I could’ve spent more time with the girls and maybe found someone I actually fancied.”
And when it comes to her dream guy, Mimi isn’t asking for much.
She says: “He’d be dark, handsome and Welsh, and preferably a rugby player or something buff like that – a proper man’s man.
“His conversation would have to make me laugh, he’d be good looking, get on with my family, kind, intelligent, have a decent job, spontaneous, exciting, and have the ability to keep me on my toes.
“He’d need both looks and personality to last the distance and keep me entertained.
“And my dream date would be a romantic trip to Paris, but only once I’d got to know him a bit better.
“For the first date I’d be happy with a nice meal, ideally somewhere chilled out that serves chicken. Nando’s would be perfect!”
IKE all of the women on the show, Lizz Penny applied to Take Me Out to find herself a boyfriend.
But although things didn’t quite work out between her and her chosen date Jack from Huddersfield, she claims she has no regrets.
Because although love didn’t flourish for her on the Isle of Fernandos, back in Wales she’s now found who she believes could be “the one”.
The 19-year-old from Blaina, Blaenau Gwent says: “His name’s Josh and I’ve known him on a friendship level for about three years.
“When I was filming for the show he was the only person I really spoke to other than my mum, and I don’t know whether me being on the show triggered some jealousy in him or he just realised how much he missed me, but when I came back we started dating.
“Apparently all our friends had seen it coming for ages but we never realised we had chemistry.
“We’ve been together a little while now, which is good because in the past I’ve gone out with guys for a month and then it all goes wrong.
“That’s normally the dreaded cut off point for me, so I’m glad we’ve managed to pass that without problems.”
Despite bagging herself a date fairly early on, media production student Lizz, who has a thing for ginger-haired guys and hates fake tan, admits she’d had visions of being the next Lucy Evans – last year’s Welsh hopeful, who waited 12 weeks for a date and had her
light turned off more than 40 times.
She says: “I thought I’d be the next Welsh wannabe, or that I’d only get picked because I was the last one with my light left on.
“I’ve always been really unlucky in love, especially when it comes to meeting men for the first time – I’ve had the worst dates ever!
“One time I ended up paying for the whole thing which I thought was a bit cheeky, and another guy I went out with was really fidgety and every 10 minutes he kept going to the toilet or to the bar, but he wouldn’t tell me when he was leaving – he’d just get up and go.”
She adds: “I’d just about given up on men and accepted I’d have a tragic love life for ever.
“But then I met Josh, who is perfect for me in every way, so fingers crossed I’ll never have to go on any awkward dates again.”
* Take Me Out is on ITV1 Wales every Saturday at 7pm.