'Blind Date' Winner's Luck Runs Out As He Gets Stood Up

You know Blind Date? The telly show with Paul O'Grady, previously hosted by Cilla Black? Yeah, well, some poor fella was on it recently and got stood up. Ouch.

Contestant Conor Ellison became the first person in just over twenty years to be stood up on the show recently when his date Rosie Allen pulled out of their upcoming trip. The two had matched on the Channel 5 show, and were set for a biking holiday in Wales to cement their love. Lush.

However, in a slap in the face to the Welsh tourist board, After the big reveal, Allen said: "Are you serious? Can we get another envelope, please?" Ellison added that he'd been 'stitched up', in a way that only a man who can get indignant about a free holiday - however unglamorous - truly can.

In the end, Allen decided not to go, leaving young Ellison metaphorically (but not yet literally) stranded.

Feeling sorry for the twenty-five year old, host Paul O'Grady stepped in. According to the Daily Mail, he 'sent another girl in her place'. Wait, that sounds weird, doesn't it? Oh well, it happened.

Paul O'Grady's rescue mission couldn't rescue the holiday, it seems. Credit: PA
Paul O'Grady's rescue mission couldn't rescue the holiday, it seems. Credit: PA

In a secondary slap in the face to the Welsh tourist board, however, Ellison's summary of teh holiday wasn't exactly a glowing recommendation, as he said: "'Truthfully, Wales was shit. The weather was horrendous."

Admittedly, the weather can be a bit rubbish in Wales but then, the weather can be rubbish in Los Angeles if you're there at the wrong time. And besides, look at it.

Welsh Valleys
Welsh Valleys

Utterly lovely.

Back in the days when the late Cilla Black hosted the show, it wasn't uncommon for guests to be sent to far-flung, exotic locations where romance might blossom and there were pools and beaches for them to wear minimal amounts of clothing and satisfy the whims of television viewers and producers alike.

But with budget constraints, a biking holiday in Wales seemed to be about as much as Channel 5 was willing to stretch to, and can you really blame them? They don't even show the Europa League any more.

Wales, I still love you, and if you want to go on a biking holiday together, in Wales, I'm always up for it.

Not like that.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 5 / Blind Date

Ronan O'Shea

Ronan J O'Shea is a freelance journalist from London who has written for titles including LADbible, Headspace, The Independent, National Geographic Traveller and New York Post. Contact him at [email protected]

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