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Undressed forces strangers to strip on screen

ShowbizBy Sunday World
Undressed forces strangers to strip on screen

TLC's new show 'Undressed' forces strangers to strip and hop into bed with each other as part of their first date.

The new upcoming series may not have hit screens yet but it has already come under fire for its raunchy approach to dating, which will see contestants get hot and heavy under the covers while answering intimate questions about one another.

However, the mastermind behind the eye-opening show, Jo Hemmings, believes the programme's "raw" approach to dating is much more successful than the traditional way.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, she said: "'Undressed' is a very different thing to do - it's the opposite of a first date with a dinner which is very traditional.

"'Undressed' strips away the physically and psychologically barriers that we put up when having a first date with a dinner and this is quite raw so there's nowhere to hide. It makes it partially unusual in terms of dates.

"There are about fifty different questions running over the series but things like 'do you like each other's smell?' are all very important in compatibility.

"'What do you like about him/her?' so again you've got to be candid or maybe there's nothing you do like so you might have to say that, 'When's the last time you were in love?', 'Have you had your heart broken?', 'Will you give somebody a massage?', hug them for a minute - I mean they're quite demanding questions and they're meant to give answers that they don't have time to think about it."

But if the intimate questions weren't enough to make contestants squirm, they will also have to come up with the answers while looking at photographs of their ex lovers.

Jo explained: "A photograph will pop up as well - it might be their exes or their matches on holiday as teenagers - so there isn't time to consider what you are going to say, it's very reactive which I think is again is very revealing."

'Undressed' starts on July 17 at 10pm on TLC.