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Northern Ireland beauty queens get make-under for BBC Valentine dating show

By Claire Williamson

They may be beauty queens - but they haven't found love yet.

Northern Ireland beauty queens are taking part in a dating show with a difference.

The six single local beauties are having a difficult time finding the one.

They wouldn't be caught dead in public without their full face of make-up, their hair done and their glamorous clothes - but what would happen if that was all stripped away?

The programme will see them go on five dates with five men they have never met before.

But the catch is they aren't allowed any designer clothes or make-up.

Those taking part include Gemma Garrett from Belfast who took the crown of Miss Great Britain in 2008, Orlaith McCallister from Belfast who was crowned Miss Belfast in 1999, Leanne McDowell who was crowned Miss Northern Ireland in 2015 and Rebecca Maguire, a former Miss Ireland 2012.

Also taking part is Karen Montague from Maghera who won Miss Ireland at the Miss Supra National Pageant in 2015 and Amira Graham from Belfast who is best known for the title of Miss Earth Northern Ireland.

The pilot programme features former Miss Great Britain Gemma Garrett.

The 35-year-old said: "If I had been going on this date five years ago and someone said you can’t wear any makeup, I mean, I would have had a meltdown.”

Before the dates, the other girls watch on as Gemma undergoes her make-under.

Then Gemma heads off for the five back-to-back dates while the other girls give their brutally honest opinions. At the end Gemma must choose one man to meet again for a second date.

Beauty Queen & Single will be broadcast on Monday 13 February on BBC One Northern Ireland at 10.40pm.

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