HARTLEPOOL stud Darian Lloyd played a game of No Likey No Lighty when he appeared on dating show Take Me Out.
The 27-year-old, of High Tunstall, says the experience of being on the hit ITV show is “something to tell the grandkids”.
Darian, who is in the Royal Engineers in the British Army and has completed three tours in Afghanistan, was seen on the show last Saturday and the previous week.
After impressing the panel of ladies, he bagged a date with Stephanie and the pair flew off to the show’s romantic destination, the Isle of Fernando’s, Tenerife.
Darian said: “I was a massive follower of the show and I wanted to go on to rekindle my love life. It’s one of those things which is just a good laugh and a really good experience – it’s something to tell the grandkids.
“Obviously you always have that thing in the back of your mind that you could meet someone you really like as well.”
The show, hosted by Paddy McGuinness, sees a single man descend in the ‘love lift’ and dance onto the stage to a song of their choice.
Darian chose I Wanna Feel by Secondcity and strutted confidently towards Paddy.
He said: “That is just me really. I’m outgoing and confident and you don’t want to go out there looking shy. I’ve had a bit of criticism for my dance moves though.
“Paddy is brilliant, he’s like your wing man on stage, and he’s there to help you out. He was absolutely gleaming and such a nice bloke.
“I wasn’t sure what to do backstage, if I should go over to introduce myself, but he came to me and he was really nice.”
Darian appeared on the show again at the weekend so viewers could see his date with Stephanie.
He said: “Paddy asked at the beginning to write down my ‘love at first light’ and I chose Sophie, and in the end it came down to her and Stephanie.
“I chose Stephanie because she was really pretty and petite and her answers were great – we had some good banter.
I was a massive follower of the show and I wanted to go on to rekindle my love life.Darian Lloyd
“We didn’t hit it off on our date though unfortunately, but I’m actually seeing someone else now.”
Since filming the show in December, Darian met Hetton girl Ashley Brennan, 23, on dating app Tinder and the pair have been together ever since.
He said: “I’d met Ashley before the show but after doing it, we met up over Christmas and I realised how much I really like her.
“We didn’t watch the show together at first, I watched it with my family and she was on her birthday night out, but we watched it together on the Sunday and she just laughed her head off all the way through it.
“I wasn’t sure if she’d want to watch it, but it was a laugh, and out of all those girls, I picked her and that’s what matters.”