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Melanie Sykes: 'Same-sex couples on Blind Date is long overdue'

Melanie Sykes has praised Blind Date host Paul O'Grady, describing him as the "perfect" person to present the rebooted matchmaking show.

Melanie Sykes has praised the inclusion of same-sex couples on TV show Blind Date.

The 46-year-old presenter provides the voiceover for the recently revived ITV matchmaking show. Paul O'Grady has stepped in to host the programme, following the death of former presenter and his close friend Cilla Black, and Melanie thinks his involvement, along with the new rules for contestants applying, have contributed to giving it a modern and fresh feel.

Asked what she thought about the show including same-sex contestants for the first time, Melanie told Lorraine Kelly on Friday (14Jul17): "Blind Date is so fun and quite racy and the host is gay, so it makes sense... it's long overdue."

But despite the change, the rest of Blind Date has remained exactly the same, with producers choosing not to veer from the original format.

"It's innocent and I know we get a little bit cheeky at times, but we all remember (Blind Date) first time round," Melanie smiled. "It's such an iconic show, I grew up with it. You'd get ready to go out on a Saturday night and I'd watch it with my hair in rollers and paint my nails.

"It's not been changed at all, it's the way it was before... it really just works."

The show sees singletons ask questions of three potential suitors, who are hidden behind a screen. They then choose one of the three to go on a lavish holiday.

While Melanie is thrilled to be involved in the show reboot, she also praised Paul for his skills as a host.

"Paul is so good at it. My voiceover is live into the studio, so I get to watch him and he's so brilliant and so perfect at it," she added.

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