Vicky Pattison 'replaced by Mel Sykes' on revived Blind Date alongside Paul O'Grady

Vicky Pattison

Vicky Pattison has reportedly been dropped from the new Blind Date in favour of Mel Sykes.

Mel will supposedly join main host Paul O'Grady rather than the former Geordie Shore star and I'm A Celeb winner.

It's reported that Mel will takeover the role of the show's voice over, previously voiced by Graham Skidmore and referred to as "Our Graham" in the original series by Cilla Black.

Furthermore, according to The Sun newspaper, the signing of Paul has changed the direction of the show entirely.

Rather than airing in a Friday night slot alongside Big Brother, the series will now air on Sundays and be aimed at a more older audience.

"While Vicky was never going to take on Cilla’s presenting role, she was the frontrunner to star in some way," a source told The Sun today. “However, the show has changed direction from its original plans. It was first aimed at a young audience for a Friday night slot, but after signing Paul it switched to Sunday night and is now being aimed at an older audience.

“Vicky’s audience is still quite young and it no longer felt like the right fit.”

Mel said: "It’s an honour to be joining such an iconic show and to be working alongside my dear friend Paul. I can’t wait to help a new generation find love on the show.”

The new series begins filming this week before airing in the summer on Channel 5.

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