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Lisburn lady hopes tin whistle party piece is key to finding love on Take Me Out

By Chris McCullough

Could a humble tin whistle be the secret weapon in a Northern Ireland girl's hopes of finding romance?

Aisling Costello from Lisburn is to appear on the hit ITV dating show Take Me Out.

The 32-year-old single mum will take to our screens from May 6 on her quest to find love on the Island of Fernando, better known as Tenerife.

Aisling says she entered for a laugh to see how far she could get. Then reality hit and she started filming for the show last November during a week-long stay in Kent with the other girls.

"It's only when I noticed the Take Me Out auditions were coming to Belfast that I decided to apply, really for a laugh to see how far I could get," she told the Belfast Telegraph.

"I filled in an online application in August last year and to my surprise the show responded the very next day confirming my audition.

"There were only a dozen of us that made the auditions and luckily enough I got through and was asked to come to Kent for the filming. It's only then that I realised that I was going to be on television and meet Paddy McGuinness."

Aisling and the rest of the girls filmed their live shows from 6pm to 11pm every day to an audience of 500, following a daily trip to the make-up and dressing teams.

"It really was a hectic schedule," she added.

"We would get up early and start the preparations after breakfast. The make-up team ensured we all were looking our best while others checked we had the appropriate dress sense."

Each contestant brought a prop to use as their 'party trick' to impress their potential date.

Aisling brought her tin whistle and performed for the guys and show host Paddy McGuinness (left).

"It was a bit of fun," she said. "We were all asked to bring something to use as a kind of a party trick so I decided to bring my tin whistle. I am not sure if the male contestants were impressed but Paddy certainly was."

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