An unlucky-in-love Scot is hoping to waltz his way to finding ‘the one’ on new Channel 4 dating show Flirty Dancing.
Glaswegian Garry Connor, is appearing on the show in the pursuit of romance with help from choreographer-come-cupid Ashley Banjo.
The series sees two disillusioned daters taught two halves of the same bespoke dance. Across a week they train separately, working with Ashley and his team to get to grips with their routine.
The pair then meet for the first time in a cinematic setting where they don’t speak, just dance, deciding afterwards based on the dance alone whether they want to go on a second date.
Property manager Garry, 33, has been single for two years and believes this is his last chance at love.
He said: “I’ve done all the dating apps. When I say that I’ve been looking for someone – I’ve tried everything.
“I’m looking for a guy that’s quite cheeky, a little bit romantic. Someone who maybe goes to the gym so it feels like when they put their arms around me it makes me feel safe.”
Garry also revealed he has his sister at hand to lend emotional support to his search and he turns to her for words of encouragement.
And whilst she can see all he has to offer, she is determined that this process gives him the confidence that he deserves – but Garry still struggles to feel like he can take the lead in a relationship .
He added: “I never really meet anyone that I have that spark with. Some people are looking for long term relationships, some people just want to go out and have fun, so it’s really difficult to meet someone that’s on the same page as you and that you’re both equally attracted to each other.
“It’s actually a lot more difficult than it sounds.”
Garry will be partnered on the show with 25-year-old wig assistant Ryan, who has been single all his life.
With hopes of getting over his insecurities and finding a romantic connection that is still fun, Garry is determined to give it his all.
“This is more nerve-racking than a normal date. You know, with a normal date you’ve met the person before, you’ve had a bit of interaction.
“I hope Ryan likes me. It’s something I’ve been looking for for such a long time.”
Flirty Dancing airs on Channel 4 on Friday, November 17 at 8pm.