COMPETING for love in front of television cameras and against 29 other women is an unconventional way to look for The One.
But for Trudy Nelson, ITV show Take Me Out could be the way she meets her Mr Right.
The Saturday night programme gives 30 women the chance to win a date with the men who appear as contenders. Armed with light-up podiums, if the women like the man, they keep their light on. If they don’t, they turn it off.
Trudy, from Portsmouth, has appeared on the hit dating show but is yet to leave her light on for any of the contenders, earning her the title of being the fussiest on the show.
The 24-year-old said: ‘I have been called quite fussy by some of the girls but I genuinely want to find someone.
‘I didn’t want to leave my light on for someone who lived far away because it would never work out.’
Being on the show was something Trudy wanted to try but she was in a relationship. When she became single, she told her sister she was applying, and when her sister said she would never do it, Trudy was spurred on to give it a go.
She added: ‘I decided to go on the show because it would be something to look back on and say “I did that”.
‘It was a chance for me to say I had been a Take Me Out girl.
‘Some of the girls go on the show because they want to be on television but I wanted to find a potential partner.’
I have loved every minute of the show and it has been fun to shoot.Trudy Nelson
Trudy, from Eastney, is not the only person from the area to have appeared on this season of Take Me Out.
Last weekend Ian Jamieson from Waterlooville appeared on the show and although Trudy said it was exciting seeing someone from her home city, he just was not for her.
‘When Ian came down, he was the sort of guy that I go for,’ she said.
‘I thought he was hot but I was in two minds because he looked like someone I had been out with previously. It was exciting that he was from this area.’
Despite not being picked yet, Trudy has enjoyed being on the show and has made lots of friends.
She said: ‘I have loved every minute of the show and it has been fun to shoot.
‘People seem to think that what we say when talking to the guys is scripted but it isn’t like that at all. It is all real and people’s perception of the show is not how it actually is.
‘The girls are great and I have made some amazing friends.
‘One girl, Jodie, I have become really close to and we work in the same industry so I occasionally get to talk to her on the phone at work.’
n Take Me Out is on Saturday at 8pm on ITV1.