Series pitting model couples against each other to test whether their relationship is more than skin deep. The eight couples take part in a Posh & Becks-style underwear shoot.
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Sex sells, and celebrity couples are big business.
Global brands who just have to name their price.
Look at Posh and Becks, Brad and Angelina.
They are real people with real relationships.
And not bad to look at, either.
For the first time, the search is on to find a real couple
who can make it as top models.
If we find a real couple who are gorgeous and in love, they'll make a killing.
But for every Posh and Becks, there's a Katie and Peter.
So, just looking the part won't be enough.
There's no point investing in a couple without a strong relationship.
-They will break up and leave us high and dry.
-I love you!
Over the next six weeks,
eight hot couples will live together in this state-of-the-art Manchester mansion.
Now, this is how the other half live, isn't it?
As well as facing a series of modelling challenges...
-I can't see your face.
..their relationships will be put under the microscope.
-If the house was on fire, what would your partner grab to rescue?
They might have modelled before, but never as a couple.
-And that means there will be slip-ups.
-Have we done both of them?
Shove that whole thing up your backside.
-And embarrassing challenges.
-I'm putting a sock down there.
Some might need a little bit more than others.
As they battle it out to impress the judges
and avoid being eliminated from the competition.
I'm not looking for two separate models. I'm looking for a couple.
It's about making sure the couple we choose have a relationship that will stand the test of time.
The prize for the winning pair is a contract with a top modelling agency.
We've got it in the bag.
They all think they're drop-dead gorgeous.
I think I'm genetically blessed.
BOTH: We are 100% awesome.
I was voted the top ten best-looking South Asian male.
But how will their relationships cope under pressure?
This show is 50% about relationships.
-Yes, and 50% about models.
-This is Hot Like Us.
When you whisper, somebody will be listening.
# Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?
# Don't cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?
# Don't cha? #
Wow! I was not expecting this.
-This is beautiful.
-Let's do it. Are you ready?
Eight couples selected from a nationwide search arrive
at the Manchester mansion they will call home.
-How are you doing?
Over the next six weeks,
this is where they will do battle for a life-changing joint modelling contract.
What happened to ladies first?
But they need to remember that starting now,
their relationships will also be under the microscope.
-Hi, I'm Chanel. All right?
-G'day, everyone. The hot couples! Hello.
Whoa, hello! Beautiful people.
And as the couples settle in, they immediately begin to size each other up.
I guess, look-wise, I would put us one of the top in the pile.
I don't want to be arrogant and say the top.
I say, like, second, third.
I'm so shocked how beautiful everyone looks.
-They look really good.
-Awesome mix. Very good mix of people.
Everyone's being really friendly, so that makes me think, hm.
There's an opposite to everything, so if you're very friendly, how catty can you get?
You've got really sharp eyes, really striking.
And while most of the couples pat each other on their well-toned backs...
-All right, guys?
-..28-year-old Stuart is ready for battle.
Cut all the pleasantries, chill 'em just for one sec.
I just thought I'd go through just what everyone's here for.
We're all in competition now. For me, this is work.
I'm coming here to work, so what does everyone do?
What are you trying to get out of it all?
Who's up for winning it? Everyone seems a bit stunned by that.
-I hope everyone's here to win it.
Getting straight to the point seems to be a gift of Stuart's.
I think I'm genetically blessed.
With my genetics and Helen's genetics,
our kids are going to take over the world.
They've been together for two years,
and both say it's the best relationship they've ever had.
We are best mates. We don't like "I love you".
-We say, you belong with me.
-And I belong with you.
And with a little modelling experience already,
-they mean business.
-There's no two ways about it.
-We've come in this to win the thing.
-I don't like losing. End of.
-So, you say you're in it to win it.
-Just like... For us...
We both came into it thinking, it's a job, it's work.
Stuart has made his intentions clear, and his opening speech
has made a lasting impression on the group.
I've spotted one person that may irritate me, but it's probably too early to tell.
They're coming here to win. They don't want to get to know anybody.
They don't give a monkey's about anybody else.
I don't know if he has much of a personality - what you see is what you get.
But there is one person in the house who has warmed to Stuart - himself.
At the very least, I'll be remembered for coming in and saying, listen,
I'm going to win this, so you may as well put your cards on the table. Everyone took it well, I think.
Stuart and his new best friends will be spending the next six weeks
living in this multi-million pound pad.
It's decked out with all the mod cons required for the body beautiful.
-Oh, it's hot.
If the couples want to keep hold of this lifestyle, they'll need to
show a commitment to becoming models and a dedication to each other.
-I love you, you know that?
-I really do.
And like I said, whatever happens, it doesn't matter, OK?
Sharing a bed is an exciting prospect for born-again Christians
Vaughan and Alison as they don't believe in sex before marriage.
-That was the rule, wasn't it?
-That was the rule, you broke it!
They formed an early alliance with teetotal Leroy and his girlfriend Chloe,
and the new roommates are working out the rules of the bedroom.
-No naked sleeping. That could be rule two.
-I sleep naked all the time!
-Under the covers.
-We're all adults, right?
It's not like we're going to get up and be like, "Hey!
I love this room!
Joking aside, the Australian ballroom dancers do have
a strict moral code - something that cannot be said for Page 3 model Becky.
-Love a big gang bang!
-You can't say that.
-I can say what I want.
And as most couples jump into shared rooms, one pair have decided
to keep themselves to themselves in a private bedroom.
-Tyrone and his girlfriend Salina.
-This isn't, like, all our clothes.
I just thought be over-prepared more than under-prepared. You haven't seen nothing yet.
Sunglasses. We like sunglasses.
I've got more make-up than she has. More shoes, me.
While the others feel they have the looks and relationship to win,
Tyrone has another trick up his sleeve - charisma.
I'm so charming, I could sell a man his own briefcase.
And I'm so cocky, I think I could sell a man his own moustache.
Asking us if we're going to win the show is like asking a cow,
does he serve milk?
From a traditional Muslim family, Salina was never encouraged
to be a model, but she's had her heart set on it since day one.
I always wanted to do modelling from when I was a young little girl,
looking in the mirror, my sister's high heels.
They've been together a year, but will they convince the judges they're in it long-term?
I'd give our relationship 100 out of 10.
I mean, it's anything a girl could wish for.
They can talk the talk, but can Tyrone and Salina walk the walk?
We're just going to go in headstrong and try our best.
I don't want to sound too cocky,
but I think we've got a 99.9% chance of winning.
I think we went over the top, because I was panicking
thinking this wouldn't be enough clothes,
because it's a model competition and we're in it to win it.
I've got my whole life with me.
-It looks like unpacking will take most of the couples all day.
It's like the Waltons in here, isn't it? Home sweet home.
As they settle into their rooms, some are starting to worry about the competition.
Maybe everyone's got a game plan. We dunno, do we?
Maybe I'm second-guessing everyone,
and everyone's got a bit of a strategy,
everyone's talking about me out there, saying, you know that Ben.
But sizing each other up will have to wait.
Because on his way to meet the couples is the man whose job it is
to guide them through the competition - Jonathan Phang.
I've been working in the modelling industry for 30 years now.
It's my job to mentor the couples through this competition.
He has a history of making waves in the modelling world,
having helped launch the careers of supermodels Naomi Campbell and Christie Turlington.
I've worked with men and I've worked with women,
but I have never actually worked with couples before, so I'm really excited about it.
We need to find a couple that people actually really like.
I want to believe they're in love with each other and they're in it for the long-term.
I hope they know what they've let themselves in for, because it's going to be really tough.
No-one is better placed to get the best out of the couples.
-So, it's essential they listen and learn from Jonathan's advice.
Over the next six weeks, we're going to thrust you into the modelling world,
which is a notoriously difficult world.
And you're not just going to be tested on your modelling ability.
You'll also be tested on the strength of your relationships.
Tomorrow you are going to have your first challenge.
And it's going to be a lingerie shoot. OK?
THEY ALL LAUGH
Tomorrow's challenge is inspired by the Beckhams.
When you see a picture of the two of them, they literally ooze chemistry.
And as part of the challenge, I want you to go and pick an item from this house, any item,
and tomorrow, I want you to sell it using chemistry and passion.
As your mentor, I can't stress enough how important preparation is.
I want you to practice, practice, practice, is what it is all about.
Then you'll do me proud tomorrow.
All right, well, get a good night's sleep, and I'll see you tomorrow. Bye.
The couples get straight to work deciding what prop to pose with in tomorrow's photo shoot.
What about an umbrella?
But what does the expert think of the hot couples?
They're more glamorous than I thought they were going to be.
I think we have a great chance of finding the right couple. So, let's see what's going to happen.
But their true colours are going to show pretty damn quick.
Celebrity couples make millions selling underwear,
perfume, cosmetics and sunglasses.
-Boxing in underwear!
-Yeah, what's wrong with that?
So, our couples will need to choose a product that fits with their brand.
I've got it, I've got it.
Christian ballroom dancers Vaughan and Alison
are looking for inspiration in the kitchen.
-Roll me out.
-Roll you out!
Vaughan and Alison take their faith very seriously.
We're practising Christians. We go to church.
We want to think we make being Christian cool.
Although they haven't modelled before,
the pair are no strangers to performing together.
-I'm an entrepreneurial ballroom dancer.
-I have a hot body.
-I work hard for it, and I'm proud of it.
-I absolutely agree.
As pro dancers, they work together 24 hours a day,
and say they never argue.
We really do everything together.
-It's a wonderful relationship, though. I like me.
-And I like you.
And I'm glad she likes me.
But have they got what it takes to win the contest?
-We are 100% awesome!
Why don't we ride a broomstick? Because that would be funny.
You don't think that if you got a piece of this or something, you could, you know...?
As night falls over Manchester, most of the pairs have chosen
the item they'll pose with in tomorrow's lingerie shoot.
We are here for a competition,
so they should use the time wisely to practice.
Because before long, we're going to have to say goodbye to one of the couples.
-It depends how sort of sexy you want to make it.
-Not like you're going to kill me.
Leroy and Chloe will be posing with a rug.
-Now, that's quite sexy, smashing.
-Jay and Becky, an apple.
What do you do with it? Bite it?
And Sam and Ben will be posing with a pair of braces.
I think braces are quite sexy, aren't they?
-..looking at you...
-You can get it in your teeth, can't you?
-..looking at you...
..this way, like that.
I want to see the real chemistry between them as people
and as couples, because when you do think of the Beckhams,
it just looks natural.
But we will really gauge the intimacy level of each relationship
on the shoot tomorrow. It's going to be very telling.
-Just your shoulders, your shoulders.
-You're a proper, like, director. I love it.
19-year-olds Damien and Chanel are the youngest couple in the competition.
All you're doing is looking sexy. You've got to make yourself look a bit more fierce.
-It's quite hard.
-I know, but you've got to try it.
Choosing boxing gloves is appropriate for this fiery couple.
We're both stubborn people, and we have different views. We like a bit of a debate.
The pair have been on and off since they were 13 years old,
and it's Chanel who calls the shots.
I'd definitely say our relationship is edgy.
Always on the edge. To me, it keeps it interesting.
But if there's one thing they agree on,
it's they look just as good as their favourite power couple.
-Beyonce and Jay-Z.
-But I do not look like Jay-Z.
# Girl, look at that body! Girl, look at that body! #
As a rugby player, Damien hasn't done much modelling.
At least there's still time to improve.
I want to make myself look as big and as authoritative as I can, you know.
But will it be obvious at tomorrow's photo shoot that
it's Chanel who usually wears the trousers?
What about another one with you holding it?
You could be more affectionate with the boxing gloves,
so I'll be fierce and you can be pulling me in, more like that.
-Do you know what I mean?
-All right, then.
After just 20 minutes' work, the oldest couple,
Mun and Rachna, feel they are ready to go.
They said, "Practice, practice." We've been practising for 11 years.
I don't need one night practising with my wife.
'In the Asian industry,
'I was voted the top ten best-looking South Asian males.'
That was recent. I didn't want to say, cos it sounds,
-"Guess what, I'm the top ten hot Asian male!"
It just makes you sign big-headed, but I officially am voted as that.
You don't get voted as
top ten hot Asian male without going the extra mile.
I've had three nose jobs.
I felt I had big nipples, so I had, basically, them cut down.
I've had Smart Lipo to the face, which I highly don't recommend.
That's about it, really.
Your muscles? Take your top off.
-Let's get a picture done.
-Oh, you've got the mirror!
Oh, bloody hell. Come on, then.
-Oh, yeah, look...
-Look how brown he is. Oh, my God!
Mun is ultracompetitive and has picked out
28-year-old Ben as a potential rival.
The pair are in the kitchen, giving each other's bodies the once over.
Posing, which is what he always does, when he's not doing anything.
I love this guy. He's such a cool dude.
Oh, come on, you smooth criminal!
-Anyway, mate, let's see what's going on upstairs, eh?
They might be getting on well now, but tomorrow,
it'll be every hot couple for themselves in the first challenge.
-Oh, you're beautiful, thank you.
-Thank you, darling.
With the photo shoot looming,
the house is already breaking into separate groups -
those who like to stay up and play...
..and those who prefer an early night.
-They're forgetting the competition.
I think it's all very well to have fun and games, but...
There's a few of them trying to have a good time and chill,
but don't forget the competition element as well.
-We're the smart bedroom.
-We ARE the smart bedroom!
-Good night, guys.
-So, we're going to go with the flower today in the challenge?
Over the next six weeks, they'll wake up
to all kinds of tasks that will test their modelling skills
and examine the bonds between them.
We don't know what to expect on the first day, really,
-so we still want to do our best and our best is...
While most of the couples feel apprehensive, Mr Charisma,
aka Tyrone, isn't worried at all.
Don't mean to blow my own trumpet, but I feel like
me and my other half, as a couple, we're like sharks in a fish pond
and the shark doesn't get scared of any of the fish.
Tyrone's confidence is about to be tested, because today, there'll be two challenges.
One to test their modelling skills
and one to test the strength of their relationships.
Judging their looks, it's Jody Furlong.
I'm Jody Furlong, I'm a casting director and I own a model agency.
I cast photographic ads and TV. I've worked with loads of
really amazing clients - Tom Ford with American Vogue,
Rankin, Mert and Marcus, cast Cadburys adverts, Nokia adverts.
Bench, Camper, all kinds of different things.
And I scouted the new Burberry girl.
For me, it's all about the looks.
I couldn't care less about the relationship.
All I'm bothered about is whether they can cut it as models.
And coming at it from a very different angle
is relationship expert and psychologist Emma Kenny.
I'm Emma Kenny, a therapist who specialises in relationships.
I'll check our couples are committed to each other.
I'm not here to judge the couples on what they look like, but assess the strength of their bond.
I want to find a couple with real chemistry
who are there for each other and support each other. I want to find a real partnership.
For the couple to have any chance of winning this competition,
I need to know they'll be together for at least 12 months,
but I'm hoping to find a couple that will be together in 12 years.
First, it's the relationship test. This week, it's all about how well the couples know each other.
Emma's sent them shopping to buy the underwear for today's lingerie shoot.
But there's a catch - the girls will buy for the boys and vice versa.
I sent these guys out to buy each other's underwear
because, first of all, I want to know how well they know each other -
each other's size, style - but more importantly, when they come back,
it's how they react to each other if they've got it wrong.
With no time to spare, the group head into Manchester.
-The boys go one way...
-I've got no sizes.
Yeah, no sizes, mate. I just hope we don't get in too much trouble.
..and the girls go the other.
We have, like, 30 minutes
and £40 to try and find some underwear for our man.
Emma wants to see how much attention the couples pay
to each other's bodies and insecurities and it becomes clear
-that while the girls find it easy...
-Thank you very much.
..this challenge is going to seriously test the boys.
-So, if I wear this.
-And she wears that?
-..and she wears this, we're sorted.
19-year-old Damien thinks he has a fail-safe method of passing the test.
He's convinced one of his girlfriend's breast
-is roughly the same size as his head.
-The main thing I do
to know what size it is, is this.
Right. Normally, it covers the whole forehead,
but this is not doing it.
But shop assistant Chanel has her insecurities
and Damien'll know about it if the underwear is too revealing.
Damo's never bought the underwear, so he'll probably get a wrong one,
cos he'll have a blond moment. I can see it now!
Apparently, she knows what I want.
Women know what men want. Men don't know what women want.
I'll tell you, women don't know what they want, men don't give a crap.
Right, lads. We're trying some on.
Stewart also has no idea what size his girlfriend is,
but he's determined to get to the bottom of the problem.
If they make my bum look good,
they're going to make Helen's look amazing.
They're looking good.
-Where are the boys?
-Do you want some opinion?
-Clench, clench, clench. Oh!
It's how they sit on the bum that's important.
And Stewart's little strip show has got Ben thinking
about ways he can size things up.
You got no 32F people in the shop to try it on?
-So, I can have a look. Get a visual.
-He'd like somebody in a 32FF.
-I don't know if we'll get anyone...
-Just the bra?
-Just the bra.
Ben met his girlfriend Sam a year ago in Marbella.
As the newest couple in the contest,
the pressure is on him to get this one right.
Guys, got a fashion show this way.
I'm smaller down bottom than on top, so he'll hopefully get that right.
If I get the same set and I'll have this tiny bra on or something.
-WHISTLING That'll do.
-Will you buy it now?
Oh, yeah, we'll buy that now. LAUGHTER
-What about the bra?!
-How much is this?
-That one's 28.
For Tyrone, this challenge is particularly difficult.
His girlfriend, Salina, is Muslim
and tries to dress modestly at all times.
..between sizes eight and ten.
'Today's a really big deal for my girlfriend,
'because, obviously, her coming from a Muslim background,'
I wouldn't want to disgrace her, in a sense, know what I mean?
It's going to be a big thing for her.
And, to add more pressure, Salina's family
don't approve of their relationship.
It's like the Romeo and Juliet story, know what I mean?
But if you're genuinely in love... you stick at it.
If they got to know him, I'm sure they would've loved him and it's sad to think about it like that.
-I love it.
-You love it?
-What do you think?
-It's elegant, sophisticated, it's pretty.
OK, fantastic, we'll have it.
The photo shoot is due to start soon,
so the couples need to make their purchases quickly.
Now, this is good. But I think...
-You know what, just go with the first feeling.
Whilst the other boys have erred on the side of caution,
Damien is considering the risky strategy of a see-through thong!
-Do you know what? I'm so caught up.
-Are you going with the thong?
-Shall we go and do it?
-Have you guys bought the right underwear?
-I'm quietly confident.
And, if not, how will their other halves react?
Our eight hot couples have begun their journey into the world
of professional modelling under the guidance
of fashion guru Jonathan Phang.
You won't just be tested on your modelling ability,
but also tested on the strength of your relationships.
Up for grabs, a joint contract with Nevs,
one of the UK's top model agencies. From now on,
the judges will subject them to weekly challenges designed to find
the pro models in the group and weed out those
whose relationships may not last the distance.
So far today, they've had to prove they know each other inside out
by buying underwear for their opposite numbers.
-Are you going with the thong?
Failure to pick correctly will spell disaster at today's photo shoot
and give relationship expert Emma Kenny
plenty of ammunition at tomorrow's casting decision.
If you'd taken the feedback, you'd still be in this game.
I'm afraid you're going home.
I hope I got your right size and stuff.
-That's what I'm scared about.
-Scared of! I know!
As the couples arrive at the studio for the lingerie shoot,
it's down to the boys to impress the girls with their purchases.
Did they make the right choices
or have they already failed the first test?
-Relationship on the line here.
-I know, yeah, no pressure.
-I hope you like it.
-I'll explain why I got it as well.
-I thought it'd be quite cool.
-So, it's a boned corset, cos it's the whole rock look.
-I love it.
-I thought it was a bloody thong!
-No, no, see?
-But it's high on your bum.
-And you've gone black.
-I had 'em on.
-What do you think?
-Perfect! Good boy.
-Mmm, good boy.
-Have you got everything?
It's tight as hell.
Their challenge is to emulate Posh and Becks
by using their joint look to sell a product of their choosing.
We're using a guitar as our prop.
-And we're quite rocky and we like being a bit edgy and different.
Come on, guys, come and meet your photographer today.
-This is Alisa Connan.
-Hi, I'm Helen, nice to meet you.
-Hi, Helen. Hi, Stuart.
-Alisa's an amazing photographer.
She shoots for Vanity Fair and Vogue,
so you're very lucky to be working with her.
Secretly watching to see which couples make the grade
are judges Jody Furlong and Emma Kenny.
What I want to see with a great couple is energy, connection and likeability.
-It's not all about this.
-If we're looking for a couple, they need a good story...
-..something the public and brands will buy into.
-So back story is really important as well.
Don't be nervous.
-Did you guys practise this at home?
-Not this one.
They've got a similar kind of look, which works for modelling.
Arm above your head. I can't see your face.
Find the light with your face.
Sometimes, when I'm watching them, it's a bit like
they're two individuals worrying about the individual look.
Great, we got it.
The first shoot is over, but Stuart feels it could've gone better.
'Look at Helen, she looks amazing, like a model.'
Is it me who's being awkward or we haven't got the chemistry and I've let her down?
You were great.
JODY: They've got a very commercial look, the same kind of look.
We'll need a couple who will work together, that works for me.
-OK, well done. We'll discuss later.
-Oh, I love it.
-Yeah? Did well.
-While Jay and glamour girl Becky go straight into make-up...
-I love it!
..the rest of the boys reveal their purchases to their other halves.
-What colour is it?
-I got a...
-A nice, little...
-Wow! They're pretty, honey.
And, after all those shopping expeditions, I remembered your size.
-You're sweet. Yes!
They are rather pretty.
-Wicked, wicked. Mwah!
-I got you 32FF bra. Is that all right?
I thought it'd be a thong, so I'm glad it's not.
With most of the girlfriends happy,
the pressure is on Tyrone and Damien to deliver.
This is proving to you how I respect you as a person.
As always, Tyrone is confident he'll pass the test and is ready
to reveal his choice to Muslim girlfriend Salina.
I have bought you some sexy underwear, sophisticated look,
something that you would actually like and what I would like.
-So, take a look at that.
-That is so awesome!
-Do you like it?
-I love it, babe. I can't believe that
you actually thought about that. That's very nice of you.
-I want to see it.
-Oh, you want to see what I got you?
-All right, then.
Are you ready for this? These are the only 32Fs they had.
-What?! Are you joking?
-No, they were some of the only ones they had.
-You know I'm not a 32F?
-I know, you're a 30G.
-But they didn't have any 30Gs.
Are you that disappointed?
Damien is yet to show Chanel what she'll be wearing on her bottom half.
..which is these.
-This is a joke!
-It's not a joke.
It's a thong.
I feel like crying.
Oh, my God, they're see-through.
They're not bad, are they?
Is purple not your favourite colour, then?
For the couples who ARE happy with what they're wearing, there's no time for celebration.
If they're late on set, there'll be trouble.
With every hot couple that takes the floor, there's a different prop.
-Is that your prop?
-Yes, a juicy apple.
A couple of frames less...
(Look at the prop they've chosen.)
They've chosen a fur rug.
And some have put more thought into their items than others.
When you pick props, make sure they have reason.
Who knows when a candle's lit in the room,
I'm really trying to make an effort. I'm trying to prove something, like, I'm craving for you now.
And, I'm like...
(They're all talking shit, aren't they?)
Backstage, Salina is touched that Tyrone thought carefully
about respecting her Muslim beliefs when he chose her lingerie.
I think everyone can see why I'm so in love with him, because...
It's really nice because I haven't had anyone that's always put me first.
Like, to have him always treating me like a queen, it's been really, really nice.
Even towards my family, that have been horrible,
he's always got a major respect because he loves me. It really nice.
Oh, my God.
Give me a hug, babe.
Feeling closer than ever, the couple take the floor for their shoot.
Their relationship has been kept a secret for a long time.
This isn't just them coming out as a couple, being models,
this is them coming out as a couple.
Ah, you're so sweet.
I've had everyone turned against me, my friends, my family.
The only person that was actually there, financially, personally, was Tyrone.
I do feel that intimacy between the pair of you, so do keep that up.
When I felt like nobody loved me, he gave me that love.
He's worth more than my family, like, everything.
You did that in unison.
The way that they're posing is almost protective.
It feels like they're looking after each other.
Posing with a simple black necklace,
the couple have wowed the judges with their powerful connection.
He's a good-looking guy but she looks a supermodel.
She has by far the most potential.
Eyes to each other.
-Done, well done.
-For me, that was the first couple that showed that genuine affection.
I was almost quite touched by it.
-They felt quite natural, didn't they?
As Tyrone and Salina go down a storm...
-See you in a bit.
..word is beginning to spread that all is not well in the dressing rooms.
Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, my God.
I heard somebody go, "Oh", like, not a nice, "Oh". Like, "Oh".
-I heard that, yeah.
-Look at that, her ears are up.
-We're girls, we can hear.
-You can hear through walls?
I can't wear this!
-So, you're not going to wear it at all, then?
-Oh, my God, I'd rather go naked.
OK, let me just do a demonstration, quickly.
It's not going to fit the bottom.
My nipple's, like...
Oh, my God.
Unfortunately, the undersized bra see-through thong
expose two areas Chanel feels ultra-sensitive about.
My nipples, I'm insecure.
And my bum, my two biggest ones..
You said, "thighs".
I'm sorry, it's my fault, come here, just give me a hug. Give me a hug.
Give me a hug. Hug me.
I love it when you make me better.
Oh, look at you two.
I think you ought to pirouette across the studio floor. Come on.
Professional ballroom dancers, Vaughan and Alison, are next.
Now, what we wanted to explain first is that we've got a softer look.
We've got a soft prop. I've got a lot of edgy make-up happening
so we've got two ways we were trying to go with it.
I tell you what. Whoa!
Listen to the photographer. She'll ask you when she's ready about your props.
Why don't you just wait to be told by your photographer what to do.
-OK, let's start off on the set over here.
After spending all evening deliberating,
they decided to pose with a pink rose.
That's really good.
As born-again Christians, the couple don't believe in sex before marriage
and haven't been intimate with each other.
True chemistry is one element of any relationship. It's hugely important,
but it doesn't underpin the success or longevity. It's a part of it.
Vaughan is determined to show that, despite their no-sex rule, there is a spark between them.
I think that's their way of being sexy. It's like to rub their hands all over each other.
# Oh, I like it #
Although his touchy-feely approach is starting to unsettle Jody.
It's very unlike me to be lost for words.
That was a rude awakening, but an awakening nonetheless.
-I found them really awkward.
-It was awkward to watch.
-I couldn't deal with all the rubbing.
-Oh, no, that was the...
Backstage, Damien is hoping their mentor will dig him out of a whole.
-What's wrong? Are you crying?
-No, I just got a bit upset.
-What did he do wrong?
I understand there's a lot at stake. It's a competition. OK?
Everything's just old wood, do the best you can,
but don't let it put you off your stroke, as it were.
Work it out now, because when you get upstairs...
You know, enjoy the moment. Let's put it that way.
Will Jonathan's words of wisdom persuade Chanel to bare all?
If I do it and then I just don't worry about it,
then it shows I'm stronger.
We can either think, right, that's it, let it get us down, or we can just rock it.
You look beautiful, I've got to tell you.
Have are you feeling about the lingerie?
Well, models are going to have to deal with things they don't like and they're not comfortable in.
I've decided to keep it on and give it a shot.
With the boxing gloves as their prop, Chanel has come out fighting.
-Chin up, like that.
-So, if I do it and you work around me.
It's an impressive turnaround from Chanel, but she could be in danger of overcompensating
for their failure in the relationship challenge.
Guys, do you remember you're a team, is that both of you?
All I'm seeing is you at the moment. Damien, where are you?
-Considering an hour ago she was in floods of tears.
And then come up and being the one who's thrown it all out there.
It's an interesting polarity, isn't it?
To be very emotional in one context, when it's about her and not getting what she wants,
but then be absolutely fantastic in front of the camera, when she's getting what she wants off him.
-I'm trying to get the trousers on.
-It's not going to work.
It's not working.
That really was her way or no way, wasn't it?
They're talking but they're not listening to a word they're saying.
There were times when she'd grab his face and turn it and you just can't do that.
Come on, your turn.
The final couple to be called for the photo shoot are Sam and Ben.
We are Mr and Mrs Marbella.
Ben owns a beauty therapy company in Marbella
and met Sam, a professional dancer, there a year ago.
The type of people I like to hang around with are people with a brain.
I used to be a Katie Price look-alike.
I met her in a bar once and I don't think she likes me.
With 12 months under their belt, they have the shortest relationship
but will they convince the judges they're in it for the long haul?
I definitely want to spend the rest of my life with Ben.
I think he's a great guy and we'll have gorgeous babies!
Posing with a pair of braces, Mr and Mrs Marbella look confident.
But Emma isn't convinced.
Extroverts seem to be confident but strip them down and put them on their own,
they're quite insecure.
And what will image expert Jody Furlong make of their bronzed bodies?
-Is it their choice for so much spray tan?
-I don't know.
This is a little bit out of control.
Can you just imagine what their bed sheets are like?
All-in-all, the newest couple haven't made a great impression.
Thank you very much. They were not in synch a lot of that.
You'd think with that level of vanity, of making himself look that good,
that he'd not have any nerves at all.
The braces, I'm not sure if that was a great prop because it just didn't work.
The couples' first ever photo shoot is over.
It's been a long day and now they face a nervous night's sleep
before one of them is kicked out of the contest.
It is very important to win this competition.
We're putting everything on the line. We're not here for promotion.
-They say jump, we'll say...
It's like overcoming a fear.
If you overcome a fear, there's nothing that can become your fear.
So, I'm up for anything and I know she's up for anything.
I think he's learned never to get a wrong size of thong
and a bra with not much support for a girl with G boobs.
I just want to thank you all for today because
you've worked hard and we've got some great pictures.
Tomorrow, one couple's going home, so go off and enjoy yourselves.
The photos will now be scrutinised,
and their relationship examined by the experts.
Only the couples with the right chemistry will stay in the contest.
We all know they look great. There's not one that's ugly.
But we need to feel that there's a really strong emotional tie between them that is indelible.
Back at the house, Jonathan has laid on drinks for the couples.
But to a group of wannabe models, a quiet drink means party time.
To friends. To a good competition as well!
# Tonight we're going hard, hard
# Just like the world is ours... #
In spite of the looming casting decision,
most can't resist the temptation for an all-night boozing session.
But in the kitchen, born-again Christians Vaughan and Alison
and their teetotal roommates Leroy and Chloe have different ideas.
I don't drink. I don't want to join in with that shit.
I think people think it's about a big party time,
come and let's make a fool of ourselves and be a bit silly.
It's a competition.
Back in the Jacuzzi, it's not long before the subject turns to who would sleep with who.
I'd snog Ben and his missus.
I'd fucking marry Stuart!
And of course, who in the group is liked the least.
I'm fucking avoiding Australians.
THEY LAUGH AND SCREAM
I don't give a shit. I don't even know their names.
Aw, that's how I roll. They're not even a threat.
# Ow! #
It's the morning of the first casting decision.
We didn't go to bed till, like, four, three, four...
Be sad to see someone go. Everyone just really gelled.
-As long as it's not us, I'm not bothered about it.
If people don't take me serious, I suggest you do from now, cos I'm taking this shit serious.
It's been a tough week for the couples,
and now they have to endure a cross-examination
from two unforgiving experts in the casting studio.
The 12-month modelling contract can't be wasted on a couple on the verge of splitting up,
so their fates will be decided by modelling judge Jody Furlong
and relationship expert Emma Kenny.
This is the first time the couples have met the judges up close and personal.
This week was about chemistry and your challenge was an underwear shoot inspired by the Beckhams.
And part of that challenge was to go and buy underwear for your partners.
And now we're going to find out how you all got on.
Leroy and Chloe. Do you want to look at your picture?
It's a really strong picture of you two.
The chemistry is in the picture. The way you're snarling is amazing.
When it comes to looks, the words of casting director Jody are final.
But the winning couple will also need to have a rock sold bond,
and it's Emma's job to find a pair whose relationship is more than just skin deep.
Tell me what you mean to each other.
With my dyslexia, she really helps me out,
especially when it comes to writing.
There's things that I want to do that I wouldn't be able to do
if it wasn't for the backup.
He just means everything to me.
Without him here, I couldn't do this on my own.
But will the judges be as complementary
to the only married couple in the contest?
So, Mun and Rachna.
Let me be honest.
You need a pair of handcuffs and a dildo because it looked like something from Ann Summers.
I don't think anyone could have worked with that candle.
That was your mistake right at the beginning.
I am disappointed in myself.
My eyes are not looking directly at the camera.
-It looks like I've got wonky eyes.
-You just criticised yourself loads.
Is that symbolic of how he is in your relationship?
Does he not realise how gorgeous he is?
Oh, he does know he's gorgeous.
Becky and Jay.
You're incredibly connected around the genital area, which is fabulous.
It says, "Hey, we are hot."
Jay and Becky have an impressive image, but as an added test,
Emma wants to hear the opinions of the other couples.
What about everybody else?
Incorporate the apple more, maybe more of a centrepiece,
so in between the body, maybe use the cleavage.
Who knows? Put it in-between.
Tyrone showed he had a sensitive side when faced with the challenge
of buying underwear for his Muslim girlfriend Salina.
But will their photo be as strong as their relationship?
This is a really good picture.
Did it feel like an emotional experience for you, Tyrone?
That moment for me was a powerful statement.
This one does show our relationship, that I'm protective, definitely.
That... Oh, man.
And I'm close to him, which I am. I'm close to him, definitely.
From a casting perspective and from a model perspective, I think you nailed it.
Ben and Sam, let's see your picture.
In reality, when you walked on set, everything was wrong.
I've never seen so much fake tan in my life. It was just wrong.
I spoke to Alisa who took the photos
and she had to really tone down the colours.
It was way too over the top.
On set, I wasn't getting Beckhams, I was getting Jordan and Peter Andre.
It's my natural colour. I don't wear fake tan. I've got Italian blood.
You had no fake tan at all?
-No, it's 100% natural.
-I can wash my tan off.
-You need to.
Is part of this about painting on a disguise for the rest of the world?
I was doing a David Beckham look and Sam... It wasn't about us...
I didn't get that at all. At all.
OK, Stuart and Helen.
It's not my favourite picture but I think you're very strong as a couple.
-What does everyone else think?
-The chemistry's not there.
Stuart looks very distant. We don't know what Stuart's looking at.
There's no emotion in the eyes. It looks very dead in the eyes.
Waiting their turn, childhood sweethearts Damien and Chanel.
-This is a joke.
-It's not a joke.
You're joking. I feel like crying. Oh, my God. They're see-through.
Rugby-playing Damien dropped the ball
in his underwear-buying challenge. Will that have affected their photo?
Am I right in thinking she's a bit of a diva?
She's a massive diva.
A little bit of a princess syndrome going on there. It's all about you
and now this picture, which is just... Where is he?
You need to man up and step forward
and say, "She might get annoyed with me, but I'm in this shot as well."
You need to work as a team.
I'm not looking for two separate models. I'm looking for a couple.
Last to face the judges are Vaughan and Alison. They may be in a long-term relationship
but they've no previous experience in the modelling world.
I was really uncomfortable watching you on the shoot.
It was asexual. I didn't think you had any chemistry whatsoever.
Your hands here, you spent the whole time kind of rubbing.
It was really awkward. It was difficult to watch.
For me, there was no natural connection and sexiness about it.
I've got no excuses. Losers will make excuses.
We just want results and that's what this is all about.
On a shoot, you don't always have control over what you're going to wear, but today you do.
You're dressed appropriately to go to a wedding in the '80s.
When people first see you, this is the impression they get.
I get the impression of a banker. I'm not looking for a businessman.
I'm looking for someone who can be a model.
There is something old-fashioned about your relationship.
He means the world to me. He's the most amazing person in the world.
I've known him for ten years and I love him more every day.
I'm sorry. It's just so full-on.
Well, this is all about a relationship.
It's about making sure the couple we choose has a relationship that will stand the test of time.
The judges have examined the couples' photographs
and asked probing questions about their relationships.
Now they'll pick three couples who they think deserve to go home.
I think she's addictive and I think he's cool.
As a couple they work, they're united.
-I don't think they go together.
-We'll agree to disagree.
Now the bottom three will be revealed and given
one last chance to say why they should stay in the contest
because in just a few moments, one couple will be sent packing.
This has been a tough decision.
We've argued a lot, but we have decided on our bottom three.
Vaughan and Alison. For me it's all about the image and you're not model material.
As far as I'm concerned, relationship-wise I totally disagree.
Ben and Sam, you do not have, for me, a stand-out relationship.
I don't understand you as models either.
Damien and Chanel, I think you look amazing but I have problems with your behaviour.
As far as I'm concerned, you were the only couple who had a stand-out argument.
Ben and Sam, why should you stay?
I think we had the best photo representing the Beckhams.
But as a couple and as a model couple, it's very specific.
It's a little bit contrived and it's not really aspirational.
The critique that you got, you didn't take it as well as others.
I think it's because we back-chatted you guys and you don't like that.
You made a judgement that I wear fake tan, so you didn't do your homework very well.
It's the perception you give to people, whether you like it or not.
It IS a very specific look that puts you in a certain box
and it's not something that is very marketable.
Damien and Chanel, why do you think you're in the bottom three?
Well, we were the couple that had a disagreement about the underwear.
We didn't produce as strong a photo as the others.
On the set, you didn't work together either,
so it is about partnership and a couple who can work together.
Vaughan and Alison, you're starting from a low point in modelling terms. You're the weakest models here.
Can you grow enough in a short space of time?
-They've got 40 years in them as a couple.
-I don't have 40 years in this competition.
-This is all about relationships.
-It's not all about relationships.
-They wouldn't be here unless they were in relationships.
-Or if they weren't good-looking.
-This show is 50% about relationships.
-And 50% about models.
I could walk out the door now and pick ten people in relationships. It doesn't mean they can be models.
-They've all made the grade here.
-I'll judge whether they've made the grade.
With the judges at loggerheads, they must make their final decision
on which of the three couples hasn't made the grade.
I can't think of a campaign ever that I'd book Vaughan and Alison for.
Ben and Sam have really annoyed me today.
Ben is being ridiculous, acting like a child.
Chanel was the only person who had a complete breakdown in the relationship challenge.
It's a really important decision. No-one wants to be the first people eliminated
but I think we've made our minds up.
Let's go and tell them.
So, we've made our decision.
For me, Chanel and Damien,
realistically, you are the only couple
who argued and showed us any reason to remove you from this competition
because we have to be sure you'll make it work.
But the reality is, you took lots of criticism. You really listened to what we were saying.
Whereas Ben, you were just really annoyed that we had opinions on you.
We're looking for people who have potential to be the best models AND have the strongest relationship.
Ben and Sam, you didn't have either.
I'm afraid you're going home.
You can't stand up for yourself in this competition.
You said we were having a go at you, that he was incorrect and that you were right.
-I think we had the best picture, the best connectivity and best prop.
The very fact is that even now, you're arguing why he's wrong
and realistically, if you'd just taken the feedback
instead of giving it us, you would still be in this game.
Are you all right?
It was Peter Andre and Jordan, kind of thing. Fake tan.
Silly little things they were getting at.
It can undermine some people, maybe. I was quick to give opinions about every other couple.
-And that showed strong character.
Don't question a professional. They're at the top of their league. You're here for a reason.
You're here to learn and grow, not to be a judge, or you'd be sitting over there.
Someone has to go first. It's never easy.
All this can do for me right now is make us stronger.
We've got to smash anything they give us now.
Bye, guys. See you. Take care.
Everyone's in a state of shock tonight and it just goes to show
that no-one can rest on their laurels and it's anyone's game.
Next time on Hot Like Us, Vaughan reinvents his image.
Stuart reinvents his package.
The photo shoot is far from a walk on the beach.
You're on a beach, darling. What the hell are you looking at me for?
Don't you two fucking smile?
I hated every single minute of it.
Another hot couple is sent packing.
The couple going home is...
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Series that searches for the ultimate model couple - but in this show, just looking gorgeous won't be enough. The judges are looking for a real couple with knockout model potential, but also a rock-solid emotional bond that will see them together forever. The eight couples live together and compete with each other in both relationship and modelling tasks. Judging the modelling tasks is casting director Jody Furlong - he wants to be sure they've got the looks to make it in the tough world of modelling. But there's more to the show than meets the eye - and relationship expert Emma Kenny is judging the couples on the strength of their relationships with a series of telling tasks designed to ensure their love for each other will stand the test of time.
Each episode is themed around one aspect of a long-term relationship, from chemistry and romance to temptation and marriage, with tailored challenges set to test their commitment for each other. Mentored by former casting director Jonathan Phang, the couples need to prove they have what it takes to win a contract with a top model agency.
In episode one, the couples are set the task of emulating the king and queen of model couples, as they take part in a revealing Posh & Becks-style underwear shoot. Jody Furlong is aiming to see who has the most bookable commercial look, while Emma Kenny is testing their chemistry with a mischievous relationship task in which each couple has to prove how well they know their partner - by buying each other's underwear for the shoot.
Who knew girls don't love thongs after all?