You know what’s terrible? Saturday night TV at the moment. If it isn’t The Shout UK on BBC1 then it’s Britain’s Got Cowell Wanking Into £50 Notes on the other side. What it misses, apart from TV Burp, is Take Me Out.
I’ve pretty much got over the fact it’s not on any more – the meds are helping. But we could all do with a quick fix couldn’t we? So, like a junkie not going cold turkey, allow us to give you just one little hit of sweet Take Me Out – an interview with some of the boys from the last couple of series.
How was their experience on the show? How were the girls? How was Paddy? How long into the interview would it take for them to threaten us with violence/legal action? Let’s find out!
The Boys and what we said about them
Whyte Richardson – Series 3 - the albino ghost of 1970s Rick Wakeman [We're sorry]
Stephen Goddard – Series 2 - His talent is cross dressing and singing! He’s a drag act… What the fuck are you doing Steve? Jesus. [Very sorry]
Micheal Ward – Series 2 - He’s good looking, intelligent, studying a PhD, or something, so has a few lights to pick from. [We're very so...oh, nevermind]
Ollie Lemmings – Series 3 - Midget Robbie Williams [We're terrible people]
So, let’s cut to the chase, did you get a date?
Whyte: Hell no!
Micheal: Yeah, I did – I went on a date with Adele
Ollie: Yeah – with Natacha
How was the date? Did you see each other again?
Micheal: The date went well – Adele and I saw each other for about 5 months, she would come here to Belfast and I went to London to spend time together. We called it a day not long after the show aired as we are both headed in different directions with our lives.
Ollie: It was fun, but we didn’t have a really attraction to each other.
What was it like getting a blackout?
Whyte: It wasn’t too bad to be honest – I’m not exactly the average guy you get on the show so I was expecting it!
Stephen: I knew it would happen as my act was quite different to a lot that come on. I was dressed as my alter ego Misty Monroe-Manhattan. I must admit though that I was a tad disappointed there were no girls who were willing to try something a little different. Maybe they were worried I would “out fabulous” them!
Why did you go on the show?
Ollie: I went on the show for two reasons; one was for a bit of fun and two to maybe meet someone!
Stephen: I recorded the pilot episode and it went down really well so they asked me back. I got a date the first time round too! I was 50% single at the time of recording the show – my boyfriend was in the audience!
Whyte: I went on the show because someone from Talkback Thames walked up to me when I was coming back from a party at about 11AM and said “You look interesting, do you wanna be on TV?”
Micheal: I found out about the show because I was visiting a friend in Manchester and walked into a girls’ audition. I began to chat to the girls and, on request, stripped – I kept my boxers on as I barely knew them! From there, a runner took my details, picture and contact details and the show began contacting me the following week.
Did the girls get to see you at all before you turned up in the Love Lift?
Whyte: There was actually a moment when I was practicing for my guitar solo in one of the backstage areas and some of the girls started walking through and I had to hit the deck to avoid being seen!
Stephen: I saw Simon [another guy from the same show] in the hotel bar the night before and we both timidly approached one another as we both had an idea that one another may be on the show. I also saw the girls on the bus when I left after recording and they all seemed to like me. I flashed them a bit of my leg to show them what they missed out on!
Micheal: Until I arrived to the hotel I hadn’t met anyone as we were warned to keep it quiet what we were doing and then I met Adam and Dave from my show in the hotel – the girls I didn’t see at all until I arrived down the “LOVE LIFT”
Ollie: I didnt see anyone from the show before hand, I knew Sara before the show but had no idea she was on until it was aired! After show the show we have all met up loads and become really good friends which has been the best part of the experience.
Do people recognise you off the back of the show?
Ollie: Yes! It’s so weird!
Whyte: I can’t walk through Brighton without people noticing me, but in all fairness I’m fairly easy to spot and recognise!
Stephen: A lot after the show first aired and still I see people occasionally who remember me which is quite surprising. I got recognised at a funeral today.
Micheal: I did get lots of recognition from the show yeah, from fellas “Did you bang her?” - dicks – and girls going “You’re the guy from Take Me Out”, followed by “Would you like to take me out, you must be desparate!” or “Can I get a picture with you?” Most people are very nice though and I have been out with people because they recognise me, in particular one airstewardess from Manchester who was fabulous – HEY KELLY – but again different directions in life!
Do you have Twitter and if so did people give you any abuse or take cheap shots, like, um, us?
Micheal: You guys were actually very decent to me, brief, but decent! The show is very good at warning you about not leaing your Facebook open if you don’t want tortured, but some people love the attention and you get inundated with friend requests, but they and the fame hunters were soon deleted!
Ollie: The reaction I have had on Twitter has been amazing, so many flattering comments!
Stephen: I don’t really use Twitter but a lot of people asked why I did what I did. People generally applauded what I did. I don’t really have time for the people who used negative comments though as I like to surround myself with creative and open minded people and am not seeking their approval anyway.
Whyte: Yeah I’ve got Twitter and someone posted a video on YouTube of my appearance – and spelt my name wrong – and was pretty harsh in his description but all the comments I’ve seen on there and read on Twitter have been really nice.
How did you pick your talent?
Stephen: I thought the lyrics to the song I sang were quite appropriate. The producers asked me to play it really shy when I was “male” to provide more of a contrast when I came out as Misty. It was difficult being “shy” as I am not like that at all! I only had 10 minutes to change from Stephen to Misty and had 8 people dressing me, pulling corsets on, putting make up on me – it was mad!
Did you have any bits cut from the show that you wish they left in?
Stephen: Yes! When I got my blackout I fell to the floor and screamed. I also crawled up the stairs pretending to cry and gave the girls a bit of lip but it was all removed.
What’s the oddest thing a viewer has tweeted or said to you?
Whyte: I made Lucius Malfoy trend… that was pretty funny.
Stephen: Somebody sent me some underpants to wear.
They’re recruiting for Series Four – would you recommend people go on the show?
Ollie: I’d do it again in a heartbeat, so I would definitely recommend it.
Micheal: I would recommend to anyone to go on the show as I had a great time and am still very good mates with a number of people from the show in Adam, Simon, the twins and many more, so if anyone is reading this and thinking they wouldn’t mind going on, DO IT WHY THE HELL NOT! I’ve tried getting my mates on, but they reckon its too scary or they don’t have my confidence – you only get one life I reckon though!
Stephen: I would recommend it. They won’t necessarily get what theyre looking for but it will be a priceless experience.
Whyte: As long as you’re up for a laugh and have charisma, go for it!