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TV gameshow contestant Nicola Synker

TV gameshow contestant Nicola Synker

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A PROFESSIONAL singer from Leigh is helping light up Saturday night television.

Nicola Synker is appearing on ITV1 show Take Me Out and made her debut on Saturday.

The 29-year-old featured towards the end of the show and is set to star again this weekend.

Unfortunately she didn’t find love but with 29 opponents in the search for romance, it was always going to be a tough challenge with the first man on the scene.

The show, hosted by Phoenix Nights star Paddy McGuiness, features 30 single ladies vying for the attention of one single man.

As the guy reveals secrets and talents about himself, the girls can withdraw their interest by turning their lights out.

Nicola is remaining tight lipped about whether or not she succeeds on the show but says there was one man in particular who she wanted to get her hands on.

“I absolutely love Paddy McGuiness,” she laughed. “He’s the whole reason I applied!

“Unfortunately he’s taken though. On Saturday’s show, I ended up singing for him which was really embarrassing looking back now!

“I had a great time though, they really looked after us and put us up in a really posh Hilton hotel!”

Filming was completed towards the back end of last year but is only on our screens now.

The girls are picked for their outgoing personalities as well as their looks, with Nicola being selected during a gruelling audition process in Manchester.

She beat thousands to be picked and spent a lot of time waiting in the wings to be called on.

She added: “After hanging around for a while, they told me I was going on which was great.

“The girls were fantastic and we’re all in touch on Facebook and are organising a reunion. My best friend was probably Jackie who was so nice.

“Everyone was supportive when different girls got dates, there was no real rivalry. You’ll have to tune in to see if I was one of the lucky ones!”

This week a martial-arts champion, a soul singer, a car salesman and a street dancer all appear on the show attempting to find their match.

Tune into ITV1 on Saturday at 8pm to see if Nicola finds romance.