First Dates: Do people get paid to appear on the hit Channel 4 dating dinner show?

First Dates: Do people get paid to appear on the hit Channel 4 dating dinner show?

03/02/2021

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It may still be lockdown, but there is a little more love about, thanks to the fact that First Dates has returned to our screens.

The hit Channel 4 show is a one of the most heartwarming and funny TV series. and sees daters get to know each other over dinner, with varying degrees of romantic success.

From handsome maître d Fred Siriex, to wise bartender Merlin Griffiths, we feel like we are regulars in the restaurant without ever actually having set foot inside.

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But whether or not each diner falls in love, one question we have always pondered is if the contestants get paid to participate?

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Let’s find out…

Does First Dates pay the daters?

Contestants on First Dates do not receive a fee to be on the show.

However, if you are thinking of signing up to the experience, the application takes a long time, so you have got to be committed.

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Do the daters receive money for the restaurant bill?

The show frequently prompts debates about bill etiquette, with awkward moments arising when its time to reach for wallets.

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That being said, you may be surprised to learn that each contestant is given £25 to go towards their meal.

However, if the dinner bill ends up coming to over £50 it is of course up to the diners who pays more, which is probably where the problems arise.

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A spokesman for First Dates, explained to Bustle: “Every dater who visits the restaurant is given a £25 allowance towards the cost of their meal.

“If the meal costs more than the £25 allowance then the dater or couple then decide between them how to settle the outstanding restaurant bill.

“Daters receive no appearance fee.”

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