Take Me Trash Out
The New Year brings a new dating show to ITV1, Take Me Out. In a nutshell, 30 single ladies decide if each of the male contestants is the man of their dreams or not. As he reveals more and more about his personality, the girls have the option of staying in the game or bowing out by turning their light red. The one remaining white light at the end will be the lucky lady going out on a date with the attention-seeking himbo handsome hunk.
Paddy McGuinness is the host. Bless him; he tries his best to bring humour to the appalling chavfest that is TMO. He’s a funny guy, so at least you get to hear the odd one-liner from him. But, even his jokes aren’t enough to give this programme any credibility. Right from the minute the women walked out on stage to Beyoncé’s Single Ladies I knew this would be pure cheese. Apart from the cheesiness and chaviness of it, the VT’s where the blokes reveal more about themselves are also clearly staged and deliberately awful (please tell me it’s deliberate).
There are some positives to the show (if you really want to find them): the ruthlessness of the format is amusing. In the first round, some girls bow out after merely looking at the man. Talk about judging a book by its cover! The guy must be pretty self-assured to be able to take the rejection. And if the girls keep their lights on, it’s up to the guy to run over to the women and turn off some of their lights himself! The level of trashiness is also so high that it transcends into the category of highly watchable for all the wrong reasons. Yep – it’s so bad it’s actually quite good (?) So for some light entertainment on a Saturday night, it’ll do. But if you’re not impressed with it, since Paddy’s the only good thing going, why not just hire a DVD of his stand-up and be done with it?