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Vicky Pattison and Olly Murs are in with a chance of replacing Cilla Black as host of Blind Date
When will Blind Date start?
Blind Date will be back on our screens before the end of the year, insiders have revealed.
The classic dating show last aired in 2003 after being hosted by the legendary Cilla Black ever since its launch in 1985 .
A source told The Sun that the format will “be rebooted to make it young, sexy and modern” and promised that “sparks will fly”.
“Blind Date is the original dating show and it’s huge news to bring it back,” the source added. “In an age of Tinder, you have got to earn the right to love on this show.”
It is thought that the show will air on Friday nights, rather than returning to its old Saturday evening slot.
What channel will Blind Date be on?
Channel 5 have reportedly snapped up the rights to the revamped show, which originally aired on ITV.
The new series will be produced by So Television, which also makes The Graham Norton Show.
Cilla hosted the show from 1985 until 2003
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Who will host Blind Date?
Several names have been floated to replace the late Cilla Black, who hosted the show throughout its run from 1985 until 2003.
Vicky Pattison was one of the first names to be linked with the show.
Since winning I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, she has carved out a career as a TV presenter and last year hosted Channel 5’s Strip Date.
Vicky Pattison is rumoured to be presenting
Olly Murs previously hosted The X Factor
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Olly Murs has also been tipped to host, a move which would put him head-to-head with Take Me Out matchmaker Paddy McGuinness.
The singer’s previous attempt at hosting on ITV’s The X Factor was widely panned and Olly was replaced after just one series.
Coronation Street stars Georgie May Foote and Helen Flanagan have also been linked with a presenting role, although neither has much hosting experience.
Channel 5 has not yet confirmed whether ‘Our Graham’ – voiceover artist Graham Skidmore – will be returning.