On June 9, Paddy McGuinness will host a special episode of the legendary dating game show Take Me Out in an attempt to find happily-ever-afters for those over 50 – Sydenham resident Valletta is one of the contestants.
The over 50s episode will feature three older gentlemen. The silver foxes will attempt to win a date with one of 30 single older ladies.
“Going through the day was quite fun,” Valletta said. “I got to meet women from all across the country. One or two of the other ladies and I had a lot on common, and we kept in touch.”
“That was the best part: everything running up to the filming.”
The women are part of a panel called the “flirty 30,” who each stand underneath a light.
As the show progresses, the flirty 30 can indicate they have lost interest in the eligible man by turning off their light.
“It wasn’t really nerve-wracking, since we were so busy having fun,” Valletta said. “Paddy and the rest of the crew made us feel quite comfortable.”
Valletta is 57 years old, and a social work student. She has been single for 30 years.
“We’re over 50, but we aren’t dead yet,” Valletta said. “We’re still here, and we can still have fun like the youngsters.”
The over 50s episode of Take Me Out will air on June 9, at 8pm on ITV.