Emily Atack could host new dating show Romeo & Duet where contestants go on karaoke dates

LOVE songs are enchanting when it is Adele or Ed Sheeran on the mic, but they don’t always sound so sweet when us normal folk warble in the shower.

However, a new show coming to ITV seeks squealers and superstars alike in the hope music does prove to be the food of love.

Romeo & Duet will challenge singletons to belt their hearts out and win the chance to go on a karaoke date with a fellow singer. Afterwards, they will reveal whether their duet hit the right notes.

A source said: “The show marries The X Factor and First Dates in one glorious union, which is really smart as talent shows and dating shows are both big business.

“The final verdict pieces to camera will be hilarious, just like on First Dates. And just like at any karaoke night, there’ll be some amazing singers and some who should probably have stuck to singing into their hairbrush. There will be a celebrity host — someone like Emily Atack would be fantastic.”

The series is in production now and casting emails have been sent to search for talented singles. Goat Films’ notice read: “Think your voice is good enough to find love?

“Do you kill at karaoke? Are you sick of singing solo? A brand new dating show for a major broadcaster is looking for you.” It adds that all ages and sexualities will be featured when the show hits screens in spring 2022.

ITV loves playing cupid and X Factor was an entertainment behemoth, so the format does show promise. Let’s pray Jedward do not turn up.

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