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Flirty Dancing presented by Ashley Banjo starts tonight on Channel 4

The fresh new dating show puts a twist on the usual formula.

Flirty Dancing - Ashley Banjo
Credit: Channel 4

Love dating shows but tired of the same old formula? Channel 4’s new show Flirty Dancing puts a whole new twist on them.

Presented by Diversity star Ashley Banjo, Flirty Dancing starts tonight and Ashley will be playing Cupid as he uses the art of dance to bring hopeful singletons together.

Explaining the concept Ashley says, “It’s like a blind date, but rather than meet up with somebody and then do something more conventional like go to a bar or to a restaurant, you don’t speak to this person. You don’t know who they are. You don’t even quite know where you’ll meet them, but you’ll bump into somebody. You’ll hear the music start to play that you’ve been rehearsing to for a week, but the person that you’re dancing with, it’s the first time you’ve ever seen them, and you have a few minutes to dance with that person, to do a choreographed routine. Then, once it’s finished you decide if you like them, what they made you feel like, and if you want to actually see them to go out on a second date. You don’t even get to speak to that person, it’s all based on how that dance with them made you feel.”

Each week, Ashley takes complete strangers and teaches them one half of a choreographed dance routine. After four days of rehearsing separately, the two people meet for the first time in a spectacular location and dance together in silence. Without conversation can they make a connection?

He will be helped along the way by his Diversity colleagues Jordan and Perri.

“I love having the boys with me because Diversity is like my baby! But it’s not just the boys; I’ve got some amazing girls with me too. Diversity is big enough that we’ve got girls who dance with us all the time, so the company grows and is bound to get bigger. In this show you see different characters, different people and you see our girls helping, you see Jordan helping, Perri helping them. So it’s almost like you get to see some of the more extended Diversity family too, which is really nice.”

Tonight’s opening episode will see Ashley match 30-year-old senior event manager Hannah with e-commerce manager James, who is 31, and 34-year-old civil servant Dan with 29-year-old graphic designer Luke.

Take a look at the hopefuls in our gallery below:

Flirty Dancing kicks off at 10pm tonight (Thursday 10th January 2019) on Channel 4.

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