Former 'Naked Attraction' Contestant Reveals What It's Actually Like Being On The Show
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Bizarre dating show Naked Attraction is looking for new applicants, and if you're considering getting your kit off on telly in the name of love, then you might want to read on, because a brave former contestant has revealed what goes on behind the scenes.
Gavin, a bar manager from Edinburgh, appeared on the show last year - he was up against five other contestants competing for the affections of a woman called Adele.
Speaking to i last year about what made him decide to take part in the show, Gavin said that he responded to the advert as it said there had been a lack of interest from people in Scotland. Fair enough.
He was invited to an interview were he was told to strip off and 'pitch' himself to a female camera person and a male interviewee. The whole thing took about 45 minutes, and weirdly, Gavin said he was made to 'feel at ease'.
If you're wondering whether money was a factor in his decision, the answer is no.
Gavin explained: "You don't get paid if you're on the show. If you're on standby and you don't appear on the show then you get paid £75 ($105) for being in the room."
As the day of filming arrived, Gavin headed to the studios in Manchester for 7am - with a hangover. Once at the studios, hair and make-up did their stuff and he was introduced to the guys he would be up against. You'd probably imagine a bit of a macho, competitive atmosphere, but Gavin told the paper it was all very chilled.
"It was all very good fun," he said. "Good banter. It's sort of what you get in a football dressing room, everyone taking the piss out of themselves. Most of the people who appear on the show are quite like-minded."
And then the time comes to get naked. Now, although the show is only an hour long, the poor buggers taking part are expected to stand around for hours, with Gavin saying he was stood in a box for two hours. Filming starts at 7am and runs through until 3pm, yet despite this, Gavin said it was 'enjoyable'. I feel like Gavin and I have different ideas about what that word means.
Describing how the fellas like to make sure they're... erm... looking their best on camera, he said: "You were sweating because there was a light shining on you, but there was a draft so it was a bit cold, so there was quite a lot of shaking going on by the boys.
"Whenever the camera wasn't on, everyone was shaking themselves to try and make themselves look bigger. I don't feel like I put in a bad performance."
He also said that although he didn't feel changed after the show, some contestants said they definitely felt more confident. So, you going to apply then?