'Naked Attraction's Backstage Secrets Might Make You Think Twice About Applying

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Naked Attraction is a dating show with a twist. Instead of meeting face-to-face, contestants are asked to choose a partner by solely comparing the different anatomical parts of six naked bodies (genitalia included). And, while most things are on full display during filming for the series, there are actually quite a lot of Naked Attraction backstage secrets you probably didn't know about.

So, "what are they?" I hear you ask. Well, during an interview with iNews, a former Naked Attraction contestant, known only as Gavin, revealed a few details that may surprise you. For example, although the show is aired pretty late at night, contestants are expected on set at 7 a.m. Despite the early start, they could then be waiting around in the buff for quite a while after. "It’s a long day," Gavin explained. "They do some hair and make-up and then you get to meet the people you’re up against."

He added: "You’ve got about two hours of standing in a box until it all starts. It ended up being from seven in the morning to three in the afternoon to film half an hour of television." Yikes.

I reached out to Channel 4 for comment about the claims. A spokesperson for the show tells me: "All participants have a dressing gown to wear during any time they are waiting to film and are chaperoned by members of the production team to ensure the pickers and their potential dates do not meet ahead of filming."

So apart from the early start and long hours, what else is there to know about Naked Attraction behind the scenes?

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According to The Huffington Post, each Naked Attraction contestant who is picked is given two chaperones to make sure they don't bump into potential suitors while the show is being filmed. In addition, during the same iNews interview, Gavin also revealed that, while contestants who end up taking part on the day aren't paid anything, contestants who turn up on standby and fail to appear on the show are paid £75 for their trouble.

In 2017, Naked Attraction featured one of Channel 4's very own reality stars, when The Undateables' Matthew Oghene cropped up in an episode. And, in June 2018, former Big Brother contestant Lisa Appleton claimed in an interview with the Daily Star that she had been approached about appearing on the show, a request she reportedly declined. However, a Channel 4 spokesperson tells me that no such offer was ever made.

Naked Attraction is certainly not for the prudish or anatomically shy, but it has actually proved pretty popular — though not with Chrissy Teigen, who tweeted in shock when she discovered the show in 2017.

Nevertheless, as the Guardian reports, the show has been something of a sleeper hit. The fifth series of Naked Attraction aired in August and September 2019, with episode two garnering attention after a 57-year-old breast cancer survivor announced with unabashed enthusiasm that “I love feet. I love to feel somebody’s toes round my pussy, or kitty.” The season also saw trans contestant Amira leave her date Ste disappointed after she revealed she was dating somebody else after their successful (wing, wink) first date, while another pair of contestants recreated the iconic pose from Titanic while one of them was totally naked. While there's no official confirmation yet on whether a series 6 is coming, fans should keep their fingers crossed. After all. if former contestants Gemma Warren and James North's relationship is anything to go by, there might just be true love around the corner.

Watch Naked Attraction season five on Channel 4

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