Beauty Queen and Single


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Beauty Queen and Single

A Northern Irish beauty queen undertakes a more minimal make-up routine before a series of dates to see if she can find a connection that is more than skin deep.


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Beauty queens. They've been crowned the most beautiful women in the country.

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I am obsessed with beauty pageants.

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Self-confessed super fan of beauty pageants.

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I'd like to be treated like a princess,

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and I don't mean that in a diva way, but if the crown fits...

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If I was going to a big Saturday night out,

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I would start getting ready during the week.

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I think every girl should be high maintenance, and I am very much

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high maintenance, and I like the fact that I am.

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I like to look nice.

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I wouldn't say I'm high maintenance,

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I would rather use the word "particular".

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I think it's a very intelligent thing

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for a woman to know what she has and use it to her advantage.

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You know...I don't see why not.

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But they all share one thing in common.

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-I'm single.

-Single.

-Single.

-Very much single.

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-Single.

-I'm completely single.

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Because it's hard to find love when you're a beauty queen.

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My love life is just disastrous.

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He'd a photo of me on his Snapchat to get his ex-girlfriend back.

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-You're putting yourself up there for every type of judgment.

-Yeah.

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But what would happen if we stripped their beauty queen image away?

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You're expected to look a certain way.

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I do see my make-up as like a mask.

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You do hide behind it, I think.

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Each episode, one of our beauty queens will go undercover

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in a unique dating experiment.

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Five dates, five different guys, and no make-up.

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Each guy has been specially matched to her.

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Before you get excited, I don't have any land.

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But she can only take one to dinner.

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So that's what a relationship is to you, a life sentence?

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Will stripping away the mask help her find the man of her dreams?

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-See you again.

-Oh!

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I knew it! I knew it!

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Or is she destined to remain...

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My name is Simon. I'm a hair stylist in Belfast.

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Going to your hairdresser and having a rant can sometimes be

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the most therapeutic thing you can do in a day.

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I just come here and do the hair.

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Morning, ladies.

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How are you doing?

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My name's Gemma Garrett,

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I'm 34 years old,

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and I was Miss Great Britain in 2008.

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My love life is just disastrous at the minute.

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I always seem to fall for the wrong kind of guy,

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and recently I have...

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been attracting guys who would be

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kind of impressed with the beauty queen status.

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As soon as people find out you're a former Miss Great Britain

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or whatever, everyone has an opinion on that and everyone is judging you.

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-You're putting yourself up there for every type of judgment.

-Yeah.

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And it's not only the guy, then they have to think of their family,

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how they're going to judge that person who they're going out with.

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I think it's just a certain kind of guy who would be impressed by that.

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I started dating a guy a few years ago and he got in contact with me

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via social media, so it was all my pictures, all my modelling stuff.

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When we got into a relationship,

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he started to really resent me still doing that,

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and I said, "But you knew what you were getting involved in."

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That's what broke us up in the end.

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I don't think you should dull your sparkle just because someone else

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can't handle the shine. I'm just saying.

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Yeah, went on a first date recently.

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Now, he picked me up at the house, all was good, he was dressed well.

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He then didn't speak to me once we got into the cinema.

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He took a photo of me and I was like, "What are you doing?"

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He had a photo of me on his Snapchat to get his ex-girlfriend back.

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It was like, "I have just been on a date with former Miss Northern Ireland."

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I'd never tolerate a man like that. I would just tell him where to go.

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We all sound so bitter and damaged!

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THEY LAUGH

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I'm quite happy with being single and I don't want to portray that

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I want to be single, but I'm quite happy in my life

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and I think that's a good place to start.

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The guy is going to have to be pretty special

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to come in and change that for me.

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He has to be funny, he can't take himself too serious,

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he can't take life too serious, and yeah,

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a guy like that would be perfect.

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I'm going to be going on a few dates.

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If I was going on a date normally, I would definitely have make-up on.

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The only difference is, I'm not going as a former Miss Great Britain,

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-I'm going to be stripped back...

-You versus the world?

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-Yeah.

-Exciting.

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Five dates, five different guys, and no make-up.

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So, exciting, but very scary.

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-Are you ready?

-I think so.

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Let's do it.

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-Come on.

-THEY CHEER

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If I had been going on a date five years ago and someone said,

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"You can't wear any make-up," I mean, I would have had a meltdown.

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In there, please.

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She's a strong, confident woman,

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and this is part of the process to, you know,

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re-establish herself away from the title of

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Miss Great Britain and solely as Gemma Garrett.

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-Ready?

-No.

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THEY LAUGH

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I've been wearing make-up for so long, like,

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I started modelling when I was 17, which was...

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a really long time ago, so I'm just used to it.

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It's horrendous when you see you how mu...

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how much you put on.

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You know, sometimes I would be out, you know...

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My mum would say, "Oh, you know,"

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and she would mention the Miss Great Britain years,

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and if I don't have my make-up on, I'm, like, traumatised.

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I'm like, "Mum, don't do that when I'm not actually in...

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"Miss Great Britain mode."

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The only saving grace is that he's not expecting a beauty queen.

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Mm-hm.

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Traumatised.

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You know, I just feel like my eyes are lost now, completely lost.

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Spots, everything.

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So...

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Sitting next to someone, having dinner, on a date,

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or even having a drink, I mean... I hope this place is dark.

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I hope it's dark!

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-I think you look beautiful.

-Oh, thank you, Simon.

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I don't, but thanks.

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THEY LAUGH

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-Thank you.

-Here you are, my dear. Come through here.

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I'm ready.

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Are you ready, girls? Here she is.

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-Oh, wow, look at you. You look gorgeous.

-Amazing.

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So fresh.

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-Thank you.

-So, that's it, ready to go?

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-Thank you so much, Simon.

-You're welcome.

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Thanks for everything. Wish me luck.

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-Bye.

-Bye.

-Have a good time.

-See you later.

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Oh, she looks beautiful.

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-So, what do you think?

-Yeah.

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She's stunning without make-up, like, her face, her skin's gorgeous.

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Do you think you guys would be as keen to do it if it was your turn?

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I would be...very self-conscious, I think I would actually cry.

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'If they see you at your worst, you know,

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'they will absolutely adore you at your best.'

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I'm actually getting sweaty palms thinking about it.

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Oh, no.

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I think he looks like a really nice person.

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-I don't know. How do you look like a nice person?

-He's got a bit of a smile.

-Oh, that swagger, though.

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-That's what I said.

-He's just walking in like he owns the joint,

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I feel he's going to throw his blazer over his shoulder,

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do a little catwalk or something for us. What's he doing?

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-Hi.

-Hi, how do you do?

-Hi, I'm Gemma. Nice to meet you.

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-Mark.

-Nice to meet you, Mark.

-And you.

-How are you?

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-I'm all right. A bit numb, a bit numb.

-A bit numb?

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-Oh, but numb's good. Numb's good.

-Comfortably numb, as they say.

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I just finished a triathlon, so I'm a bit sweaty.

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-Really?

-Aye.

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Good time, I done a good time.

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"I just finished a triathlon."

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You wouldn't tell someone you're sweating the first time you've met

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-them, like.

-That's too far.

-Anyway, I think we'll give him a bit more of a chance.

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SHE LAUGHS

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-Oh, dear God.

-The wee matching...

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Oh, he's making an effort.

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See, I like that. He's trying his best, clearly, like.

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I think he looks nice.

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-I think he looks nice.

-I think he does, too.

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-Hello.

-Hi! How are you?

-How's things?

-I'm Gemma. Nice to meet you.

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-Gemma. Lloyd. Nice to meet you.

-You, too.

-Are you keeping well?

-Yes.

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'I bet you he's really lovely,'

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that's my first impression. He seems...

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He seems kind because he's been brought up well by his mummy.

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-A wee drink just to help you relax at all, bud?

-Just water'll be fine, please.

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-Do you not drink?

-Actually, I'll have a red wine, I've changed my mind.

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THEY LAUGH

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-Peer pressure.

-It's not that bad, is it?

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-Won't be after a drink of wine.

-No.

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He looks like the sort of person I would picture Gemma with.

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He has nice eyes. I love those blue eyes.

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He's not giving much away game, is he? He looks real poker face.

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Crack a smile, Justin, like, come on!

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-Hiya.

-Oh, my goodness, how are you?

-Gemma!

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SHE LAUGHS

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Yeah, she definitely knows him. She knows him.

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-Definitely.

-She knows him.

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-How are you, Justin?

-Not too bad, how are you?

-Not too bad.

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I think it would be hilarious if she'd been on a date with him

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before and never text him back. It's like, "Whoa, you!"

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-What's your second name?

-Garrett.

-I was going to say Gemma Garrett.

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Tell me a wee bit about... What do you do? Apart from triathlons.

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-That's only in my spare time. I'm a welder.

-Right, OK.

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-A welder.

-What is a welder?

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THEY LAUGH

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What is a welder, though?

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-I never...

-I pictured, like, Flashdance.

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He's this guy and he comes in the factory...

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-Do you wear one of those...?

-And he saves the world. Yeah. Like Flashdance.

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-I said Flashdance!

-And I usually take my overalls off.

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-Really?

-Yeah, halfway.

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Only on a Friday, only on a Friday.

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Right, I'll maybe call down on a Friday, then.

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-So, yeah, you're single, hopefully?

-Hopefully.

-Yeah.

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-No, I am single.

-Brilliant.

-So tell me a wee bit about you.

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-I'm a pretty normal guy, I like to think.

-Are you from Belfast?

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I'm from Omagh, I live and work in Belfast, I work on property in town,

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-so...

-And you said Omagh?

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-Omagh, yeah, I'm a big culchie, yeah.

-Culchie.

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That explains the checked shirt, then, doesn't it?

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-Hence the checked shirt.

-Yes!

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THEY LAUGH

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Before you get excited, I don't have any land.

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-No land.

-No land.

-Right, this date's finished.

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-What age are you?

-Come 30 in a few months' time, so...

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So a wee youngster.

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You've still got plenty of time.

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I could be your toy boy.

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THEY LAUGH

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-Aw.

-He looks really old.

-He reminds me of my daddy.

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He looks too old, yeah. He looks nice, but he just looks too old

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-for her, I think.

-He's got style.

-Yeah.

-Oh, God.

-Is he 60?!

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Oh, a little sugar daddy, there, I think.

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-Hello, how are you?

-Hi, how are you? I'm Gemma.

-I'm Paul.

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-Nice to meet you, Paul.

-Are you well?

-Yes, very well.

-Good.

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He presents himself a lot better.

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-That's an older man...

-Gentleman.

-..right there.

-Gentleman.

-Yeah.

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-For sure.

-But he's too old for Gemma.

-Well, I don't know.

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Did you have a nice weekend?

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I was actually down with my kids, down in Dublin.

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-Oh, he's a lovely accent.

-Oh.

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And he put it straightforward there, "I have kids."

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-So she knows.

-And what do you do?

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When somebody dies, when they want to share memories about them,

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either through the newspapers or the funeral directors,

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they put them online and then we just make sure

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people don't say bad things about them on the internet.

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I have never heard of this before in my life.

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-Yeah, yeah.

-Can you manage my social media?

-Yeah, that depends!

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Do people say bad things about you? That's the whole thing.

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I think if he was slightly younger, he would be perfect for Gemma.

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A large check print shirt on.

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Boot cut!

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THEY LAUGH

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-What is wrong with guys?

-Why do they not look in the mirror?

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-Hiya, how are you, are you OK?

-Hi, how are you?

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-I'm Gemma.

-I'm Andy, Gemma. Nice to meet you.

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A little kiss on the hand, how charming.

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-Is it?

-No, I don't know about that, like.

-No.

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-How you doing?

-Have a wee seat.

-Thank you.

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-I'm so sorry, what's your name again?

-Sorry, my name's Andy.

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-Andy.

-Andy. Yeah.

-And do you live in Belfast?

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-I live in Belfast.

-Oh, right, OK.

-So I'm originally from Manchester.

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Also, when I was younger, I moved up to Newcastle in England.

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-Oh, I work there sometimes.

-Yeah? It's probably why you like it, yeah?

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Gemma's downing that wine, like,

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"Just hurry up and get this over with."

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-There's just no spark, I don't think.

-Yeah, there's nothing in this one whatsoever.

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It's just another job interview.

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What are you looking for?

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I'm at that stage in life where I'm trying to find, you know...

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-The one.

-The one, yeah. But I am very, very picky, like, so...

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A lot of boxes have to be ticked.

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I had a long...relationship, I was in a relationship for 18 years.

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-Aw!

-Gemma...

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THEY LAUGH

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-God, that is, that's like a life sentence.

-Yeah, yeah.

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So that's what a relationship is to you, a life sentence?

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No, it's just something my dad would say, I'm turning into him, oh, God!

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You know, what I'm looking for, it's the Holy Grail.

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He's quite cocky, isn't he?

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He is a bit too, like, full of himself, like...

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-Then I'm thinking, though, does he maybe just not know to react on a date?

-I think that as well.

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-He's nervous.

-That's what I feel like, if I go on a date, I don't even know what to do.

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-Why are you single?

-Oh, dear. These are pressing questions here.

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-I know...

-Probing questions.

-I seem as if I'm like interviewing you,

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-but I don't mean to.

-My palms are starting to get sweaty.

-I'm sorry.

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There's more chemistry between these two then there has been with any one else.

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Well, I'd like somebody to maybe mirror myself a little.

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Oh, my goodness! Is he for real?

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Someone who actually has dreams and aspirations

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and wants to run towards those.

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I'm five years divorced, now, so it's more a matter of...

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I guess I wait and see, see what comes along.

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I enjoy having a bit of craic...

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The fun stuff as opposed to the other stuff.

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SHE LAUGHS

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-Yes.

-Just in case.

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-I wouldn't be into that.

-Yeah, yeah, no, no.

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-Turn my nose up at that.

-I didn't get that for a second.

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Yeah, now I get it, yeah.

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I'd like someone who's a bit of fun, you know, who's a bit of a laugh,

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doesn't take life too seriously.

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Oh, my God!

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Gemma doesn't take life too seriously.

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I definitely don't take life too serious.

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-Well, I don't think I do, anyway.

-Yeah.

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I'm sure someone will tell you if you do!

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Yeah. How old are you, if you don't mind me asking?

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-I don't mind you asking at all. I'm 41.

-41. You don't look 41.

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-What do you use on your skin?

-THEY LAUGH

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No, seriously, that's a serious question.

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It's from not having children.

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Oh! Is he going to try and say that I look ancient because I've got two kids!

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You're so right. So many of my friends who don't have children just look so young.

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Thanks, Gemma.

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Cheers.

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I'm going to tell you the truth, now, if I'm going to be honest.

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-Please tell me the truth, I like the truth.

-I find the majority of girls fall into two categories.

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They either want the bad boy, or they want the sensible boy next door.

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-I think that's quite true.

-I think that's quite true as well.

0:15:120:15:15

I like Tom Hardy, I like the bad one.

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And I kind of fit somewhere in between them, you know.

0:15:170:15:20

I'm kind of none of those things.

0:15:200:15:22

I'm not one for a convention. A lot of my friends are all...

0:15:220:15:24

"I'm 30, I need to get married," and that's not really my thing,

0:15:240:15:27

you get married when you feel the time's right, so...

0:15:270:15:30

I'm making sure I run me race, have a good time.

0:15:300:15:32

-Yeah.

-And when the time comes to cool the jets a bit,

0:15:320:15:36

-I think I will maybe...

-Yeah.

0:15:360:15:37

Float your boat, do whatever you want, like, all guys do that.

0:15:370:15:41

That would be my answer as well,

0:15:410:15:42

I would say, "I haven't found anyone that I want to settle down with,

0:15:420:15:45

"and I'll happy go on dates until I find the right person."

0:15:450:15:48

There's no point rushing into it, I like this guy.

0:15:480:15:50

They have to be very attractive, so...

0:15:500:15:52

-I'm being very shallow there, but I do think...

-There has to be a spark.

0:15:520:15:56

Yeah. Absolutely, so...

0:15:560:15:57

Do you know what, there's so much I want to just say about him,

0:15:570:16:00

that he just needs a slap across the face.

0:16:000:16:02

But I'm... I am happy enough to sort of wait,

0:16:020:16:04

-and just see what happens...

-See what happens, yeah.

0:16:040:16:06

Justin, I knew, and he knew me,

0:16:060:16:09

and he's a very, very good looking boy...

0:16:090:16:12

She's beautiful.

0:16:120:16:13

Any guy who wouldn't want to date Gemma would be a fool.

0:16:130:16:16

..but it would just be too weird.

0:16:160:16:20

He probably can tell that she is not, well, in my opinion,

0:16:200:16:22

not interested whatsoever.

0:16:220:16:24

She knows what he's like, it seems like that.

0:16:240:16:25

And there is, like, no chemistry there.

0:16:250:16:27

I didn't think there would ever be a romantic connection,

0:16:270:16:29

so that would be a bit of a shock if she did pick me.

0:16:290:16:32

He's very gorgeous,

0:16:320:16:33

but, er, no.

0:16:330:16:35

Would you say you're fussy?

0:16:370:16:39

-No.

-No?

0:16:390:16:41

No. No.

0:16:410:16:42

-Erm...

-That's good and bad.

0:16:420:16:44

THEY LAUGH

0:16:440:16:47

-That was a delayed response.

-"No."

0:16:470:16:50

Well, they say you usually find it when you're not looking for it.

0:16:500:16:52

Everyone says that, but I haven't been looking for it

0:16:520:16:55

for a long time, haven't found anyone.

0:16:550:16:58

# And you still haven't found what... #

0:16:580:17:01

Exactly, that could be our theme tune.

0:17:010:17:03

-I like him.

-I like that.

0:17:030:17:04

I liked him, I think he's a little cheeky,

0:17:040:17:07

a little bit of a charmer and he's trying hard,

0:17:070:17:09

like, maybe trying a bit too hard.

0:17:090:17:10

I do a bit of sailing.

0:17:100:17:12

-Sailing?

-Yeah.

-So, do...

0:17:120:17:14

I have a share of a boat in Lough Neagh,

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but I hardly ever get out on it at all.

0:17:160:17:18

I don't know how to sail at all,

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but I like to sit on a boat and have some drinks.

0:17:200:17:22

-Yes, that is the attractive bit!

-LAUGHTER

0:17:220:17:24

No, Gemma would have fun with this guy.

0:17:240:17:28

-Yeah.

-Yeah, I think so.

0:17:280:17:29

No, I enjoy that too, that is...

0:17:290:17:31

That is very nice to be able to do that.

0:17:310:17:33

I've always wanted to work in Germany.

0:17:330:17:35

-Right.

-For reasons I still don't know.

0:17:350:17:37

He says, "Well, they're looking for welders in Germany, so..."

0:17:370:17:40

-There's me...

-And that was it?

-And that was it.

0:17:400:17:42

What would you have said if he'd have said

0:17:420:17:44

they're looking for ladyboys in Bangkok?

0:17:440:17:46

LAUGHTER

0:17:460:17:49

She's just calling him out, isn't she?

0:17:490:17:51

Do you like animals?

0:17:510:17:52

I have two dogs that come with the kids every seven days.

0:17:520:17:55

-And how do you feel about that?

-They're... They're...

0:17:550:17:57

-I'm feeling a negative vibe, there.

-No, no, no.

0:17:570:18:00

I do call them Shit and Shite, but...

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but that's not their real name, right.

0:18:020:18:04

I'm so happy that's not their real name.

0:18:040:18:06

-They're called Brandy and Bailey, so they're...

-After drinks?

0:18:060:18:09

-My dogs are named after drinks.

-Oh, yours are what, vodka and gin?

0:18:090:18:11

Well, Buddy, but he was supposed to be, like, Budweiser.

0:18:110:18:14

-Budweiser, OK.

-So, Buddy and Stella.

0:18:140:18:15

-I like dogs actually.

-You like dogs?

-Yeah, yeah.

-Oh, good.

0:18:150:18:18

I'm really wary about anyone who doesn't like dogs.

0:18:180:18:21

I did just say that because you said you've got two dogs.

0:18:210:18:23

THEY LAUGH

0:18:230:18:25

I do a wee bit of work for Newcastle United football club.

0:18:250:18:27

Stop it! Seriously? I'm a big Toon Army fan, yeah.

0:18:270:18:30

Oh, my God, here we go.

0:18:300:18:32

-Oh, no! Really?

-Yeah.

0:18:320:18:34

-I know, but guys like football.

-Yeah.

0:18:340:18:36

-You'll never guess what match I went to see.

-What?

0:18:370:18:39

When they beat Barcelona, 3-2.

0:18:390:18:41

I know that he is a person, and he's a human being, but...

0:18:410:18:45

it would be switch off for me, it would be like, "Mate, I'm bored."

0:18:450:18:49

Andy was so lovely,

0:18:490:18:51

he had these wee sparkling eyes that just showed he was a good person.

0:18:510:18:55

I mean, I literally at one stage wanted to set up

0:18:550:18:59

and just give him a wee cuddle.

0:18:590:19:00

-I think that was a nice little...

-Chilled date.

0:19:000:19:03

-Chilled date, yeah.

-Yeah.

0:19:030:19:04

When she greeted me, I just felt comfortable with her, straightaway.

0:19:040:19:08

Romantically, I just can't see a big spark there between us, at all.

0:19:080:19:12

I don't think the chance of her choosing me are great.

0:19:120:19:15

If he wanted to be my friend and go out for cocktails, definitely, yes,

0:19:150:19:19

but for dating, it's a no.

0:19:190:19:22

-So you're a model?

-I am a former model.

0:19:220:19:25

-Miss Northern Ireland?

-No, everyone says Miss Northern Ireland,

0:19:250:19:28

-I was Miss Great Britain.

-Miss Great Britain?

0:19:280:19:30

-Ooh! I do apologise.

-SHE LAUGHS

0:19:300:19:31

-And you're from Bangor?

-No.

-No?

-Dundonald.

0:19:310:19:35

Oh, Dundonald.

0:19:350:19:36

Oh, my God. He thinks that she's someone else!

0:19:360:19:40

-This is a bit creepy.

-Does he think she's Zoe Salmon?

0:19:400:19:42

-Yes!

-Oh, my God.

-That is who he thinks.

0:19:420:19:44

Oh, my God!

0:19:440:19:46

See, if he said that to me, I would be out the door.

0:19:460:19:48

I would say I'm away to the toilet and not come back.

0:19:480:19:50

Will you excuse me one moment, I'm going to go to the ladies.

0:19:500:19:53

OK, no worries.

0:19:530:19:54

I knew it was going to be a bit of a challenge for me

0:19:580:20:00

to go on a date without make-up

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but actually being in a bar and being on a date,

0:20:020:20:05

it's slightly uncomfortable,

0:20:050:20:08

but once I start to get into the date and into the chat,

0:20:080:20:11

you kind of forget about it.

0:20:110:20:12

And I feel as if I'm really being, like, the real Gemma.

0:20:120:20:17

-Sorry about that.

-No worries.

0:20:210:20:22

So were you joking me about the triathlon?

0:20:220:20:24

-Of course.

-THEY LAUGH

0:20:240:20:26

Cos I'm really interested in that.

0:20:260:20:28

I feel awkward for him right now because he didn't do it.

0:20:280:20:31

Yeah, I know, exactly.

0:20:310:20:33

I would love to try one, but I can't swim, so it's out.

0:20:330:20:37

-Aye, me too.

-I can't swim. I'm the worst swimmer in the world.

0:20:370:20:39

I just... I just sink.

0:20:390:20:42

I just sink to the bottom. I'm no good. No good at all.

0:20:420:20:45

Mark was funny. You could go out for a few drinks with Mark,

0:20:450:20:47

and you would be guaranteed a very, very good time and lots of laughs.

0:20:470:20:51

-That wasn't too bad.

-I don't think there's a spark,

0:20:510:20:53

but I think he's been very sweet.

0:20:530:20:54

Yeah, yeah, yeah, there was a bit of craic.

0:20:540:20:56

I think it was more her cos I was pretty nervous.

0:20:560:20:59

I am quite confident, but when I see someone is nervous,

0:20:590:21:02

then that makes me nervous.

0:21:020:21:03

Then he knew who I was,

0:21:030:21:05

and I felt as if I was on show as a beauty queen.

0:21:050:21:07

It was a bit uncomfortable.

0:21:070:21:09

Pretty slim that she's going to choose me for a second date,

0:21:090:21:12

but sure, it might be 50/50.

0:21:120:21:15

It's a no for Mark.

0:21:150:21:17

I'm from the country originally,

0:21:180:21:20

and I like to think I'm quite straightforward,

0:21:200:21:22

straight to the point, just no frills.

0:21:220:21:25

Divas aren't really for me.

0:21:250:21:26

Like, what girl isn't a diva?

0:21:260:21:29

I'm sure at some stage his mum was a diva, so...

0:21:290:21:32

-I don't really think I'm a diva, do you?

-Oh, my God!

0:21:320:21:36

THEY LAUGH

0:21:360:21:37

-Do you fall into that bracket?

-Well...

0:21:370:21:39

-HE LAUGHS

-Delay.

0:21:390:21:40

You tell me afterwards.

0:21:400:21:42

When you say normal,

0:21:430:21:44

what about someone who has, like, a glamorous lifestyle?

0:21:440:21:48

-No, no, that's cool.

-Does it put you off?

0:21:480:21:50

No, not at all. Not at all.

0:21:500:21:52

-No drama.

-Yeah, some girls are a bit bonkers, let's be honest.

0:21:520:21:56

-Bonkers?

-He's talking about you.

0:21:560:21:57

He's talking about himself.

0:21:570:22:01

Orlaith is just a wee bit bonkers.

0:22:010:22:04

-You have family?

-I do have four kids.

0:22:040:22:06

-Four kids.

-I have twins who are 16,

0:22:060:22:09

a daughter, 14, and another daughter who's 12.

0:22:090:22:12

Busy dad.

0:22:120:22:13

Yeah, well, I have them every seven days.

0:22:130:22:15

So I have seven days when I do my travel and work and stuff,

0:22:150:22:18

and the other seven days they are with me.

0:22:180:22:20

He seems quite honest.

0:22:200:22:21

-Putting his cards are on the table, I think.

-Yeah.

0:22:210:22:24

So they have to suffer my cooking for those seven days.

0:22:240:22:26

I don't cook either, so don't worry.

0:22:260:22:28

-Are you big on social media?

-No.

0:22:280:22:30

Are you a big Twitterer, then, are you?

0:22:300:22:31

Big on Twitter,

0:22:310:22:33

big on Instagram, big on Facebook.

0:22:330:22:35

Selfie, mad on selfies?

0:22:350:22:38

Er...

0:22:380:22:39

Yes. Well, definitely there's a few selfies in there, of course.

0:22:390:22:42

A few?

0:22:420:22:43

-Just a couple, Gemma?

-Partial to a selfie.

0:22:430:22:45

And if you don't mind me asking, how old are you?

0:22:450:22:48

-I'm 51.

-51.

-Yeah, yeah.

0:22:480:22:50

-Early

-50s. Oh, OK.

-That's not bad.

0:22:500:22:53

I mean, you could have more children if you really wanted.

0:22:530:22:55

-Plenty.

-Oh, thinking about kids are we, already?

0:22:550:22:59

All I need... I'm just missing a partner, that's all.

0:22:590:23:02

THEY LAUGH

0:23:020:23:04

So the last two were Lloyd and Paul.

0:23:040:23:08

The problem is, the two people are so different.

0:23:080:23:11

One is the youngest of the group,

0:23:110:23:13

and the other one is the oldest of the group,

0:23:130:23:15

so I really haven't made my mind up, and that's the honest truth.

0:23:150:23:18

I didn't think it was going to be this difficult.

0:23:180:23:21

Lloyd was very, very good looking.

0:23:210:23:24

-'I liked Lloyd.

-I like Lloyd.

-I liked that she fancies him.'

0:23:240:23:26

-I do, yeah, I like him.

-I can see why she would find him good looking.

0:23:260:23:30

-He's cute.

-He's charming and he's a cheeky chappie, like, nice.

0:23:300:23:33

I'd say there was a few laughs,

0:23:330:23:35

she seemed quite engaging,

0:23:350:23:36

so, yeah, hopefully there was a bit of mutual interest.

0:23:360:23:39

He had no idea who I was,

0:23:390:23:41

he was saying all the right things,

0:23:410:23:43

he doesn't like social media,

0:23:430:23:44

he wants a normal girl,

0:23:440:23:46

and I felt myself being a little bit nervous.

0:23:460:23:49

He is so normal and he just seems like a really nice guy.

0:23:500:23:54

Watching it, I fancy him a wee bit.

0:23:540:23:55

I think he's a wee kitten.

0:23:550:23:57

Apparently, you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover,

0:23:570:23:59

but, yeah, she's quite attractive, I must say.

0:23:590:24:02

Paul, I would say - and this just comes with age -

0:24:020:24:05

was very, very confident,

0:24:050:24:08

was a gentleman.

0:24:080:24:10

I think that brings out a mature side of her, even, as well.

0:24:100:24:13

They can have an intelligent conversation.

0:24:130:24:15

They definitely had a lot more in common, even their lifestyle

0:24:150:24:18

and stuff, I think they would get on a lot better.

0:24:180:24:20

She's a very attractive lady and easy to talk to.

0:24:200:24:25

And he was a lovely guy.

0:24:250:24:26

He was, and I think we have the same sort of core beliefs.

0:24:260:24:30

Even on an intellectual level, they seemed to get on really well.

0:24:300:24:32

-I just can't see them two walking into a room together.

-No.

0:24:320:24:36

-Oh, no, you see, I can.

-I can, as well, yeah.

0:24:360:24:38

-I couldn't imagine it.

-I think Gemma needs someone like that.

0:24:380:24:41

I think I'm a bit old in real terms, but you never know.

0:24:410:24:45

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

0:24:450:24:47

He's older than me,

0:24:470:24:49

and he's probably set in his ways the way that I am already.

0:24:490:24:53

I don't know how well I would adjust to someone like that.

0:24:530:24:56

I told you.

0:24:560:24:58

So, the final two.

0:24:580:25:00

I really, really like them both and they're so different,

0:25:000:25:03

but I think that I would like to go on a date...

0:25:030:25:07

-..with Paul.

-Yes!

0:25:080:25:12

Yes, I got it. I knew it!

0:25:120:25:14

-I knew it!

-I'm shocked.

0:25:140:25:15

I was thinking Lloyd.

0:25:150:25:17

I think the fact that he is a gentleman,

0:25:170:25:20

I know that our generation, I think they've lost that charm.

0:25:200:25:24

I think Paul because he knows what he wants in life,

0:25:240:25:28

he has lived a bit,

0:25:280:25:30

he's very knowledgeable,

0:25:300:25:31

he doesn't strike me that he would be jealous

0:25:310:25:34

or in any way intimidated by my career

0:25:340:25:37

and what I do at the minute.

0:25:370:25:38

I just thought he was a gentleman, as well,

0:25:380:25:41

and it would be nice to go on a proper date.

0:25:410:25:44

Being completely barefaced

0:25:450:25:46

just with a black dress on and hair tied back,

0:25:460:25:49

I still felt a little insecure,

0:25:490:25:52

but it kind of worked for the dates.

0:25:520:25:55

He's seen you plain, now it's time for him to see the other side,

0:25:550:25:58

-so it's a bit of both.

-And it's the wow factor.

0:25:580:26:01

It's the, "Oh, my God!"

0:26:010:26:03

I love how they connected so well, though,

0:26:030:26:04

and she felt so at ease with him

0:26:040:26:06

even though she didn't have all the make-up on.

0:26:060:26:08

It's nice to get dressed up and go out,

0:26:080:26:09

so I think she should go all-glam.

0:26:090:26:12

THEY GASP She looks gorgeous.

0:26:130:26:15

-She went for a little bit of both.

-She didn't glam it up in a dress.

0:26:150:26:17

I thought she would have done the dress.

0:26:170:26:19

Yes, she looks gorgeous.

0:26:190:26:21

-She looks lovely.

-She just looks completely at ease with herself.

0:26:210:26:23

It's really nice to see her like that.

0:26:230:26:25

Hi, Paul.

0:26:310:26:32

-Good to see you.

-How are you doing?

-How are you?

0:26:320:26:35

-Very well, yes.

-Good.

0:26:350:26:38

-This is a surprise.

-HE LAUGHS

0:26:380:26:39

-Really?

-Yes, it is.

0:26:390:26:41

-A nice surprise?

-Yes, of course.

-Good, good.

0:26:410:26:44

Without being too cliche,

0:26:440:26:46

I mean, this show has completely changed me,

0:26:460:26:48

and if it's possible, made me more confident without the mask.

0:26:480:26:54

You can tell me more about this business because I'm still baffled.

0:26:540:26:56

THEY LAUGH

0:26:560:26:58

-It's a really morbid subject, though.

-I know.

0:26:580:27:00

-It's going to be a great night.

-Yeah.

0:27:000:27:03

I keep on saying I'm an independent woman,

0:27:030:27:05

but then I'm trying to hide behind a mask,

0:27:050:27:07

and it just doesn't make sense, it doesn't add up,

0:27:070:27:09

and, you know, I want make-up to be for me, not for men.

0:27:090:27:13

-Food.

-Oh.

0:27:130:27:15

I have had the best experience.

0:27:170:27:20

I thought Paul was great, and I've just had fun,

0:27:200:27:23

and that's the main thing. Isn't that what it's about?

0:27:230:27:25

-Do you want some fries?

-No, thanks.

0:27:250:27:28

I try to be good on fries.

0:27:290:27:31

-Really?

-Mm.

0:27:310:27:32

How good are you because this could affect the next date.

0:27:320:27:36

-HE LAUGHS

-If you want to go on one, by the way.

-Goodness me.

0:27:360:27:39

-Look at you jumping in there.

-I know.

0:27:390:27:42

Oh, there's a lot to like about Gemma.

0:27:420:27:44

I mean, first of all, she's very beautiful

0:27:440:27:46

and just, you know, it was good chat.

0:27:460:27:49

It wasn't hard to talk to her at all.

0:27:490:27:51

She was just good company.

0:27:510:27:53

Yes, I like her.

0:27:530:27:55

But did you notice that she wasn't wearing any make-up?

0:27:550:27:59

No, I didn't, actually.

0:27:590:28:01

Sorry about that.

0:28:010:28:02

But I didn't know what she looked like beforehand.

0:28:020:28:04

I only know what she looks like now.

0:28:040:28:06

But did you not think, "This girl has no make-up on?"

0:28:060:28:08

No, I didn't.

0:28:080:28:10

Sorry about that. I had no make-up on either, by the way.

0:28:110:28:14

You had a little bit on.

0:28:140:28:15

I know, but that was... I didn't choose to do that, though.

0:28:150:28:18

THEY LAUGH

0:28:180:28:20

I'm happy to be barefaced in the future, but not on a date.

0:28:260:28:31

I can't wait to see the other girls go through it,

0:28:320:28:34

especially Rebecca.

0:28:340:28:36

That is going to be really good taping.

0:28:360:28:38

A Northern Irish beauty queen who has had no luck with love dares to go bare in a dramatic makeunder before a series of dates to see if she can find a connection that is more than skin deep.