Channel 4's rather unconventional dating series Naked Attraction sees participants bare it all for a chance to bag themselves a date, and instead of meeting face-to-face, contestants are asked to choose a partner by solely comparing the private parts of six completely naked bodies. 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 weren't aware of.
So, "what are they?" I hear you ask. Well, during an interview back in 2018, one former Naked Attraction contestant revealed some surprising details about his time on the show. Speaking to iNews, he discussed how contestants are expected to arrive on set at 7 a.m. sharp, and revealed that participants could then be waiting around in the buff for quite some time 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?
According to The Huffington Post, each Naked Attraction contestant is given two chaperones to make sure they don't bump into potential suitors while the show is being filmed, and during an interview with The Sun, former participant Emmylou Hill revealed that contestants are not paid for their appearance on the series. When opening up about her time on the show, Hill also divulged in some secrets regarding the audition process, and explained that she was required to strip off on Skype in order to land a spot on the Channel 4 series.
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.
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