Blind Date to feature bisexual contestants for the first time

'I'm sure Cilla would have been proud,' said host Paul O'Grady

Next month, Blind Date will feature bisexual contestants on the dating show for the first time.

The television programme, hosted by the late Cilla Black from 1985 until 2003, was relaunched two years ago following a 14-year hiatus.

Following its return with comedian Paul O'Grady as host, the Channel 5 show aired an LGBT+ episode to coincide with London Pride 2017.

However, next month will mark the first time a contestant is given the option to choose from male and female suitors.

"I’m delighted that Blind Date is continuing to be inclusive by giving a platform to those who identify as bisexual," said O'Grady.

"It was a joy to film and I’m sure Cilla would have been proud."

In the episode, which is due to air in May, beauty consultant Jordan will have to choose between model Jesse, master's student Zoe and support worker Lily.

O'Grady was announced as the host of the revived show in March 2017.

Following the announcement, the comedian, who was close friends with Black, expressed his admiration for the programme's legacy.

"Blind Date is an incredibly special family show which brought laughter, tears and joy to TV viewers throughout the land," he said.

In 2015, it was confirmed that Black had died from a stroke at the age of 72.

Tributes poured in for the beloved television presenter following the news of her passing.

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