Carmarthen Journal seeks to succeed where Paddy McGuinness failed on Take Me Out
A MAN from Carmarthenshire has found out the true meaning of "no likey, no lighty", after failing to get a date on hit ITV show Take Me Out.
William Turrell, who was previously a member of the Carmarthen Youth Opera and Merlin Youth Theatre, appeared on TV screens across the UK on the popular dating game show, on Saturday.
Take Me Out, which is presented by comedian Paddy McGuinness, sees one man try to win the hearts of 30 women to get a date, but if they switch their lights off they are out of the running. As Paddy says: "No likey, not lighty".
The 20-year-old failed to spark with any of the 30 ladies on the programme, after every light was turned off during the second round.
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William, who currently lives in London and works for Ted Baker, said he only went on the show for a bit of fun.
"I did not go on there to pull a woman, I went on there for a laugh," he said.
"It was a really good laugh and I had a good laugh with Paddy. Everyone was really nice and we all had a good time."
On Saturday, one of the contestants said she switched her light off because of the language barrier, whereas others knocked off their lights when William was talking about his family's farming background and was shown playing computer games.
William, originally from Llandeilo, had a phone call asking him to go on the show.
"I said yes on the Friday and was filming it on the Sunday."
William said watching himself on the show made him cringe and he was disappointed not to get a date. "Of course I was gutted not to get a date, but I was sort of expecting it too.
"I'm good friends with the other lads on the show and they are all massive and go to the gym all the time. When I saw them I thought this is going to be a tough one. But it is a TV show at the end of the day."
After the show, William said he received a few messages from some of the girls on the show asking him to go out.
He said when he told his parents his mother did not want him to do the show.
"But my nan was well up for me doing it. She is a legend, I love her.
"The plan was to get my nan to come on at the end, but she didn't get the chance."
It seems William's appearance on the show made him an online sensation and saw him trend on Twitter in the UK and worldwide. "I got something like 500 followers in the space of five minutes. So Twitter thought my account was a virus and shut it down."
William has told the Journal what his ideal woman would be like.
"She has got to be fun and a good laugh, confident and pretty.
"She would have to be not too serious."
If you would like to go on a date with William, see tomorrow's Carmarthen Journal to find out how.