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First Dates Contestant Explains Why Couples Often Split The Bill

First Dates Contestant Explains Why Couples Often Split The Bill

He's revealed what it's actually like to take part in the show

A former contestant from First Dates has lifted the lid on what goes on behind the scenes and it may explain why you’ll often see dates splitting their bill. 

Model Stefan-Pierre Tomlin appeared on the first series of the hit Channel 4 show, where he was matched with a woman called Siofra. 

In an interview with The Sun, Stefan-Pierre revealed that the black taxi ride daters are seen in is actually just a ‘10 second’ lift that you’re shuttled into after spending ‘hours’ in a holding room. 

Stefan-Pierre Tomlin appeared on the first series of First Dates.
Channel 4

Once out the taxi, contestants walk up to the restaurant - simple enough, eh?

But Stefan-Pierre said that short walk is ‘madness’ as there’s numerous cameras on you the whole time. 

He told the publication: ​​"There are cameras on cranes in every direction to capture you from all angles.

“It’s like walking down the red carpet or a catwalk. It was quite overwhelming. I didn’t realise what was going on.”

And, as you may have guessed if you’ve ever watched the show, once inside the restaurant there’s even more cameras - set to catch your every move. But the lack of manned cameras mean that it can be easy to forget you're being filmed, according to Stefan-Pierre. 

The former contestant revealed the ins and outs of what it's like being on the popular dating show.
Channel 4

“They have cameras embedded everywhere and it’s very realistic and organic, which makes it feel like a real date,” he said. 

“I was on the pilot series so I didn’t know about the cameras in the toilets that recorded your conversations and phone calls to friends.” 


However, one thing that’s sure to remind you that you are in fact being filmed is the interviews at the end of the date. However, Stefan-Pierre told The Sun he was ‘off his noodles’ due to knocking back so many cocktails during his date. 

The model claimed that the filming process is a pretty lengthy one, which is probably not ideal when you’ve been boozing throughout the day. 

Contestants get only a little bit of cash towards the cost of the bill.
Channel 4

Stefan-Pierre also revealed that the show gives just £25 each towards the cost of the bill, meaning the couples are left to cough up most of the cost. 

And the swish restaurant isn’t cheap, either - the Paternoster Chop House a cheeseburger costs £17, and a portion of triple-cooked chips cost a fiver, while 21-day dry aged fillet steak will set you back £39. 

So, it’s no wonder the dates so often divvy up the bill between themselves if they only have £25 each to splash out!

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: First Dates, TV and Film, Channel 4