Davina McCall has revealed that new dating show The Language of Love is not about contestants finding ‘fame and success’.
The 54-year-old TV presenter is fronting the new Channel 4 dating show alongside Spanish TV host, actor and singer Ricky Merino.
The Language of Love sees a group of Brits and a group of Spaniards pairing up at a dreamy Spanish country estate to see if they can find romance – despite not speaking each other’s language.
The group of Brits seeking romance will travel to Andalusia in Spain where they’ll meet their potential partners – a group of Spanish speakers also looking for their own historia de amor – to test whether love is deeper than just words.
Channel 4’s new show is likely to be compared to ITV2 dating series Love Island, but according to Davina, there’s a big difference.
“I think the most important thing to say is that this show is surprising in that it’s different from so many other dating shows in a lot of ways,” she said.
“Firstly, the contestants are different from the usual types of contestants you would find on a dating show.
“They are all invested in finding love. There’s no cash prize to be won. There’s no huge holiday off anywhere.
“The prize is love. So they’re incentivised to find love and not fame and success,” she continued.
“The other thing is, because of the cultural differences, it’s so flipping funny. It’s so unexpectedly hilarious at times.
“Because we British behave in a certain way, and the Spaniards behave in a certain way, and me and Ricky – my Spanish co-host – we learnt so much about the Brits versus the Spanish.
Teasing what viewers can expect from the new show, which starts on January 4, Davina added: “Culturally it was a real eye opener. And there were a few really massive eruptions of lust: real love at first sight stuff where somebody would walk through the door and they were like ‘wow’, but you’ll just have to watch and see how that goes.
“The idea of the show poses the question is it possible to find love just through body language and instinct and intuition and a vibe off someone?” she said.
“Is it possible to find love if you don’t speak the same language? And is love at first sight a real thing? Can you maintain love if you are culturally different and you don’t speak the same language? It’s a dating show and an experiment all rolled into one,” Davina added.
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The Language of Love starts Tuesday 4 January at 10pm on Channel 4.