In 2018, just months after Australia voted yes, is it acceptable for television to stage a dating show without same-sex attracted participants?
TEN’s Blind Date is currently casting for straight & gay contestants, but Seven’s upcoming Take Me Out is not.
Ironically, today Seven confirmed Joel Creasey as host, a fun and engaging choice.
Take Me Out is a speed-dating show, which has its origins in Taken Out, originally on TEN in 2008 with host James Kerley. Despite its short-run it went on to become a hit internationally, notably as China’s daggy If You Are The One (seen on SBS).
The format relies on some 30 singles vying for the affections of 1 person. In production, 29 of those who luck out of an episode then return in the next episode, meaning that for a same-sex edition to succeed it requires a separate pool of orientation and network commitment to a suite of episodes.
Last year Seven signed an industry diversity charter, which notes: “We aim to actively reflect the diversity of Australian society at every level of our workforce, by gender, age, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion and disability or geographic location, both in our employees and the stories we tell.”
A spokesperson from FremantleMedia Australia said: “In 2018, the format of Take Me Out will have 30 single females at the buzzers for the run of first series, all returning each episode until they find their perfect suitor. We’ll look to future series to explore all types of relationships as has been done overseas.”
There is no indication if gay (or bisexual) females are welcome to join in.
Creasey, who recently hosted Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras for SBS said, “Across the world, Take Me Out is just so much ridiculous fun; a hilarious and wild ride. Take Me Out is like a front row seat to the awkward moment when a guy walks up to a woman at a bar. Pass me the popcorn… and something alcoholic, waiter!
“I’ve had my fair share of bad dates, and I know how important it is to kick it off right… on national TV, in front of a live crowd! I can’t wait to help Australians strike that match and let the love in on Take Me Out. I also can’t wait to make my debut on Channel Seven! Joel Creasey on Channel Seven? Watch out Kochie… I’m coming in hot!”
Heterosexual singles over the age of 18 can apply to takemeoutaustralia.com.au
Gay & straight singles should apply to Blind Date on TEN.