While many struggle to find a mistletoe match each Christmas, one Exeter student has found a rather novel way to find a yuletide sweetheart – through a reality TV show.
Third-year Theology student Louisa Griffith-Jones was chosen from a pool of 16,000 applicants to appear on Channel 4’s First Dates, a show that matches strangers and brings them together for a romantic meal at a high-end London restaurant, having agreed to apply after “alcohol and a late night dare”.
Unlucky in her first date with supermarket worker from London Will, Louisa was invited for a second go on the First Dates Christmas special ‘The Proposal’, which aired last Thursday.
The President of Theology Soc’s second date was with another Will – this time a fellow public schooler, who also shared a penchant for standup comedy and novelty socks. Following a successful meal together, the pair agreed to meet up again – much to the Twittersphere’s delight.
— First Dates (@FirstDates) December 17, 2015
One user compared the couple to “a young Hugo and Alice from the Vicar of Dibley”, while another added that “Will and Louisa prove there just might be a pot for every lid”.
Following her appearances on the dating show, the 20 year-old has built up a significant fan base, having captured audiences with her colourful blouses and commitment to fancy dress, which once saw her attend a Halloween party dressed as Exeter Cathedral. Louisa’s unique sense of humour has since drawn comparisons to comedian Miranda Hart and earned her the title of possibly “the best person to have ever been on First Dates”.
Although whether a third date is on the cards is yet to be revealed, Louisa has confirmed that she won’t be leaving fancy dress behind, opting to dress as a T-Rex for a Christmas party.
“No one else is dressing up but I love fancy dress. I’ve made a huge green pappmache [sic] head and it’s currently drying in the warmest room of the house. I’m hoping it’ll work. I’m going to look pretty weird getting on the Tube,” she said.