Kirstie in ‘Take Me Out’

Kirstie Philpott from Ballymena who is currently appearing on the hugely popular dating game show "Take Me Out".
Kirstie Philpott from Ballymena who is currently appearing on the hugely popular dating game show "Take Me Out".

A young Ballymena woman is in with the chance of going on a dream date to the mystical ‘isle of Fernando’s’ as a contestant on “Take Me Out”.

Kirstie Philpott is currently appearing on the hugely popular dating game show hosted by comedian Paddy McGuinness on which single men do their best to impress a line-up of single ladies and earn a chance to take them out on that coveted island date.

A native of Ballymena now living in Belfast where she works as an admin. assistant, Kirstie was among thousands of hopefuls from around the UK who applied to the current series and was over the moon to be chosen as one of 30 girls to feature from the very first programme of the series.

“It came up on facebook and I thought I’d apply just for a laugh,” she told The Times.

She was, however, subsequently contacted for an audition which took place in Belfast in August and a week later she received an email stating that she had been shortlisted.

“I was told the producers were really interested in having me on the show but thousands apply so you don’t know whether you will be on standby or get straight on,” said Kirstie.

The Ballymena hopeful was, however, one of the girls selected for the very first show which aired on Saturday, January 3.

Kirstie revealed she’s loving every minute of it.

“It really is the best experience of my life,” she said.

“Paddy is just as he seems - very funny and a gentleman and all the girls are lovely, we all get on so well. Everyone is so supportive of each other,” said Kirstie who said she was also touched and delighted by the support she’s had from viewers, friends and family.

She confirmed her mum Andrea, dad Lawrence, brother Alan and sister Jessica have been glued to the show and will be watching again this weekend.

If you want to see how Kirstie gets on you can tune in to the third show in the series which will be screened on ITV this Saturday night.