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Davina McCall officially named as host of 'Love Island for the older generation'

Davina McCall officially named as host of 'Love Island for the older generation'

Davina has a new ITV job, and no, it's not the Big Brother reboot

The upcoming dating show that has been dubbed a Love Island for 'grown ups' officially has a host - and it's the one and only Davina McCall!

The 55-year-old TV icon shared a call out for contestants for The Romance Retreat, in which single parents who have been nominated by their children get another chance to find love.

All the singletons will be housemates and live together in the same house, or retreat, as they find their soulmate.

How adorable!

And the mum-of-three was over the moon in a video she shared on Instagram confirming her new gig, and revealed that she 'manifested' the show.

She captioned the clip: "Omg.. i manifested and it came true!! I’ll be hosting a brand NEW grown up dating series for ITV1!! "This is a show for single parents who have lived a life, have stories to tell about their dating pasts and deserve another chance at love and I’m gonna help you."

The Long Lost Family presenter said she's also looking for people who have been through 'bad, hard, moving' experiences and 'luggage'.

So, it sounds like First Dates now has some added competition.

ITV is looking for older people to apply for its new dating series, The Romance Retreat.

The caption continued: "It will all take place in the most romantic countryside location !! We are still casting so if u want my help finding love and u have a child who is over 18, what are you waiting for??? (particularly u eligible men .. where are you?! )"

Towards the end of the video, Davina divulged some more teasers about the type of people she's looking for.

"We are particularly interested in finding desirable, deserving men," she explained, before quickly adding: "And women as well."

The official synopsis from ITV says: "ITV1 are looking for vibrant single parents from across the UK who are in search of love, for a brand new dating show!

"This is the ONLY dating show where single parents can search for love, by spending time in a luxury retreat, where all the parents have been nominated by their grown up children."

Davina is very well known for her stint hosting Big Brother from 2000 to 2010.
Channel 4

So, if you think your parent would be perfect for a primetime romance, then you've got until Friday 31 March 2023 at 23:59pm to apply, which you can do here.

In other reality show news, Big Brother is coming back and it's set to air this autumn once Love Island's summer season wraps.

The presenter has yet to be confirmed however Davina, who presented its Channel 4 tenure from 2000 to 2010, took herself out of the equation late last year.

That being said, she 'can't wait' to see what the new producers do with the show.

"I'm excited to see it, on ITV2 it will be a bit edgy, they're going back to basics which is good. I can't wait to see what they do with the casting," she said during an interview on This Morning in December.

Keep your eyes peeled for more The Romance Retreat and Big Brother news!

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@davinamccall/ITV

Topics: TV And Film, Celebrity, Love Island