From a proposal to a drinks challenge - Here are 5 things we learned about 'First Dates SA'


Cape Town – A first date is daunting enough but imagine having one on television?

In BBC Lifestyle's new local dating reality show singles looking for love go on a blind date at the First Date restaurants.

The show premieres on Wednesday, 16 October at 20:00 on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174).

But these daters won't be alone, lucky for them they have the charming restaurant cast who will help them with those awkward silences, calm their nerves with some liquid courage, and to give them some dating tips.

READ MORE: Love is on the menu - Meet the cast of 'First Dates SA'

After a date on the show singletons enter the First Dates booth where the contestants reveal what they thought about their dates and viewers find out if there's a possibility of love.

During the annual BBC Upfront in Johannesburg, we chatted to Maître D' Batsile, bartender Travis and the waiting trio, Ash, Joey and Tamara.

First Dates SA cast.

(LOVE'S LITTLE HELPERS: Travis, Joey, Tamara, Batsile and Ash. Photo supplied: BBC)

Here are 5 things we learned about the show and the cast.


Joey has extensive experience in keeping customers happy. He used to be a waiter at Beefcakes in Illovo. In addition to that he has screen experience too he has appeared in over 23 international commercials.


We had to ask the staff if they got hit on by any of the daters. Travis shared that Batsile was a big hit.

"They wanted to use him as a backdrop just in case their dates didn't go well."


Travis, who currently holds the title of South Africa's 'Bartender of the Year.' With over 20 years of experience, he set himself a challenge to know how to make as many drinks as possible. He learned how to make over 100 drinks.

"I didn't want anyone to order something that I couldn't make," says Travis.


Without giving too much away, the cast says there will also be a 'proposal' of sorts in one of the episodes.

"For anyone and everyone who is going to be watching First Dates are going to see some colourful people, some bubbly personalities. It is definitely going to be something to look out for, and I am looking forward to catching it too, says Batsile.


When asked if it is possible to find love on the show like this the cast give a resounding yes.

Ash shares: "This is a face to face date, which I think is so important when you're wanting to put yourself out there, as opposed to being on all the online dating sites. If you're genuine, and you want to find love, I think you can because you're getting to meet someone in person, and not who they have created themselves to be."

Ash, who is currently single, was so inspired by the show that she even went on a date recently…

(Photos supplied: BBC)

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