Big Brother's Davina McCall explains how new Channel 4 dating series differs to Love Island

"They're incentivised to find love and not fame and success."

Davina McCall has opened up about her new Channel 4 dating series The Language of Love and what sets it apart from other dating shows.

The Big Brother icon is set to co-host the new reality show, which will see a group of Brits and Spaniards paired up in an Andalusia country estate – despite being unable to speak each other's languages.

While the sunny setting and dreams of love may not sound too dissimilar to the likes of Love Island (and many other dating shows), McCall has promised that the series will be very different from ITV2's megahit.

"I think the most important thing to say is that this show is surprising in that it's different from so many other dating shows in a lot of ways," she explained.

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"Firstly, the contestants are different from the usual types of contestants you would find on a dating show. They are all invested in finding love.

"There's no cash prize to be won. There's no huge holiday off anywhere. The prize is love. So they're incentivised to find love and not fame and success."

The presenter further teased of the show: "The other thing is, because of the cultural differences, it's so flipping funny. It's so unexpectedly hilarious at times.

"Because we British behave in a certain way, and the Spaniards behave in a certain way, and me and Ricky [Merino] – my Spanish co-host – we learnt so much about the Brits versus the Spanish."

As for Love Island, it returned for its sixth summer series earlier this year following a summer off in 2020, with Liam Reardon and Millie Court winning.

The Language of Love marks a busy start to the New Year for Davina, who is also set to return as a panellist on The Masked Singer UK early next month.

The Language of Love premieres on January 4 at 10pm on Channel 4. Love Island airs on ITV2 and is available via catch up on ITV Hub and BritBox.

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