A Plymouth-based soldier is looking for love in lockdown on a new reality dating show.
Steven Kelly, who is serving in the 29 Commando Regiment, is set to star on the second episode of Lovedown, which begins airing on our screens next week.
The 34-year-old also owns his own business, which specialises in navigation and survival, using the skills he has acquired during his 18-year service in the British Army’s Royal Artillery.
Steven joined the show to find love and said it is “great to be stuck in lockdown and to be able to still meet new people”.
“If something develops then I will go with it, I am getting older and it may be time to settle down”, he added.
Steven, from Liverpool, has also appeared on Channel 4 dating show ‘Five Guys A Week’ where he hit national headlines in March.
He didn’t get off to the best start when he turned up at singleton host Kellie’s house without a gift – the only lad to do so.
Viewers were left cringing as the Liverpudlian guzzled down the booze while spending the evening meeting his potential new girlfriend’s mates.
Just hours after meeting Kellie’s friends and attempting to make a good impression, Steve needed a lie-down in Kellie’s kids’ room, where it all became too much for him.
Footage showed a very drunk Steve projectile-vomit all over the bed, just feet away from his sleeping co-star.
A mortified Steve admitted, “I just vomited this morning lad, all over the place,” before adding he was “f**king dying” when he got up and attempted to shake off his awful hangover.
What is the show about?
Lovedown is the brainchild of former Emmerdale star Kelsey-Beth Crossley and West-End star and producer Ashley Luke Lloyd.
When the UK went into lockdown, productions across the UK ceased filming and many projects had to be put on hold.
Many professionals in the TV industry have been exploring new ways to produce TV shows and Kelsey and Ashley saw the challenges facing those who may be single during lockdown.
Together they came up with the idea of a lockdown dating show.
Online dating during lockdown has taken on a new meaning now that many of the traditional cinema and restaurant dates are not possible. Single men and women have had to be creative in their pursuit of finding love.
Many romance-seekers have found themselves turning to online dates using video calling. Lovedown follows a group of four men and four women as they attempt to find love during a time of social distancing.
To work around the current UK rules of lockdown, casting and filming has been done completely online with a production team all working from home to adhere to social distancing rules.
To create the show, the contestants recorded their dates using their own phones or computers and then sent their footage to the production team. This adds an authentic feel to the show which captures the current situation for would-be daters during lockdown.
Speaking about the show, Kelsey-Beth said “Being single isn’t so bad when you have hobbies/ a career/ friends but one day when that’s all stripped from you and all you’re allowed to do is DIY, bake and exercise, it’s nice to have a partner to share the highs and lows with.
“I have enjoyed this experience so much, the love birds are such warm, lovely people with big personalities and hopefully we can play a tiny part in helping them find love or even just giving them and our viewers a few laughs in a hard time.
“Watching the footage and meeting everyone virtually has brought such light to the long days and we are all having a blast!”
You can find out more about Lovedown and view clips by visiting the Facebook page.