LGBTQ Dating ShowSeason Two of the dating show created during UK lockdown ‘Lovedown’ is now available to watch in full on the Lovedown YouTube channel.

This is the first time a UK-based dating reality show has dedicated an entire season to LGBT+ contestants.

The Pride Season of Lovedown will feature LGBTQ+ men and women who will date each other in order to ‘match make’ with another contestant and win a date to be enjoyed outside of lockdown. The season will feature ‘Mr Gay England 2020’ finalist known as ‘The Bionic Hairdresser’ Kyle Elson, Drag Artist Miss Orry and an MTV Love Squad Contestant as well as being hosted by Emmerdale and The Voice star Kelsey-Beth Crossley.

Season Two features Mr England UK Finalist Kyle Elson who also hit headlines as The Bionic Hairdresser. Kyle was born with a deformed hand and featured in BBC show ‘Inventing the Impossible: The Big Life Fix’. In the show, inventor Jude Pullen designed a device to allow Kyle to progress as a hairdresser. The response to his story was so big that he even cut Kate Garraway’s hair live on Good Morning Britain.

Contestants on the show, dubbed ‘Lovebirds’, also enjoyed an online party with Drag Artist Miss Orry. Miss Orry was a headline act at the former Bird Cage club in Leeds and has appeared in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

Kelsey-Beth is well-known for her role as Scarlett Nicholls in Emmerdale from 2007 – 2011 and has since appeared on a number of TV shows including The Voice UK and Good Morning Britain.

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!”

Lovedown Season Two ‘Pride Season’ began broadcasting from its YouTube channel on Thursday 25th June 2020 to coincide with the end of the ‘UK Pride Month’ celebrations – many of which have had to be cancelled this year. The broadcasting event has been listed on the official Pride @PrideinLondon and @ComingOut publications. You can now watch Season One and Season Two at the Lovedown YouTube channel.

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. The raw nature of this adds an authentic feel to the show which captures the current situation for would-be daters during lockdown whilst the personalities of the contestant’s shine through.