The reaction to the first episode of Blind Date Ireland was mixed to say the least 4 years ago

The reaction to the first episode of Blind Date Ireland was mixed to say the least

Viewers it seemed, either loved or hated the first episode of Blind Date Ireland.

It’s safe to say the dating scene has changed completely since millions of viewers tuned in to the original version of Blind Date hosted by Cilla Black back in the day, but there was always likely to be plenty of interest in the Irish version of the show, which kicked off on TV3 on Sunday night.

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And the first episode of the new series, with Al Porter at the helm, certainly generated a reaction, even if it wasn’t a universally positive one.

Viewers watched Dionne from Cork choose between Gary from Kilkenny, David from Dublin and Keith from Kildare, an impersonator of Keith Flint from The Prodigy in his spare time.

A little later on, meanwhile, Gary from Tallaght was tasked with selecting between Jennifer from Meath, Niamh from Leixlip and Ciara from Blanchardstown as his date for the evening.

Unlike the restaurant setting of First Dates, for example, Blind Date was an altogether livelier affair, which made for plenty of entertaining moments and more than a fair share of incidents that would make one cringe in horror at the television.

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Even viewers cringing at what they were seeing couldn’t switch it over, it seemed, and we’re sure there will be plenty tuning in for more of the same next week.

Here’s a flavour of the reaction the show generated on social media on Sunday night.

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