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BBC Introducing Dating Show To Rival Love Island, Reports Say

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BBC Introducing Dating Show To Rival Love Island, Reports Say

Love in the Flesh will bring couples who think they've met their soulmate on dating apps during lockdown to a Love Island-style beach getaway for a first official date, reports The Mirror.

This comes just after the Love Island 2021 start date was confirmed for 28th June by ITV and news that the contestants are now reportedly in Spain isolating ahead of the show.

Tyla has contacted the BBC to confirm the new show, but they said they're not commenting at this time.

An insider told The Sun: "Online dating has soared in the past year during lockdown.

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"With the world slowly opening up, these internet lovers can no longer hide behind their screens and will have to meet their match in the flesh.

What's Love in the Flesh about?

"This BBC show gives these couples everything they could possibly need for the perfect start - a Love Island backdrop, stunning weather, good food and ultimately the date of a lifetime," the insider told The Sun.

"But will the person live up to expectations? And will the chemistry be real?

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"While they have already match-made themselves, nothing compares to meeting someone in the flesh.

Tinder introduced a video chat feature in 2020 (Credit: Tinder)
Tinder introduced a video chat feature in 2020 (Credit: Tinder)

"Viewers will be able to follow these couples as they discover if they really have met The One, or whether it's been a waste of time and they're not who they were cracked up to be."

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Tinder reports record number of users during pandemic

Tinder had a record-breaking year for engagement and activity from its users during the pandemic.

Tinder dating app had record year during pandemic (Credit: Unsplash/Mika Baumeister)
Tinder dating app had record year during pandemic (Credit: Unsplash/Mika Baumeister)

The dating app reported 11 per cent more swipes and 42 per cent more matches per Tinder member between 2020-2021.

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On 29th March, 2020, towards the start of lockdown in the UK, Tinder's SWIPE activity broke 3 billion in a single day, the first time to do so, then broke that single day 3 billion record, 130 more times in the last year.

Love in the Flesh start date

Providing COVID-19 restrictions don't get in the way, BBC Three is thought to be filming the new show over the summer, which means we should expect to see it on our screens in late summer/early autumn.

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Featured Image Credit: Unsplash/Muhammadh Saamy

Topics: BBC, TV and Entertainment

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