TV legend revealed as presenter of 'Love Island for single parents' The Romance Retreat | The Sun

DAVINA McCall has been announced as the presenter of new reality TV show The Romance Retreat.

The Big Brother legend won the job after publicly declaring she wanted to be part of it.

Billed as 'Love Island for single parents', the upcoming reality TV show, will air on ITV1 and ITVX later this year.

It will see Davina, 55, encouraging a group of single parents from all over the UK, and from all walks of life, to find love again.

They'll live together at a stunning country house and bosses have promised lots of laughter and tears, as they navigate the choppy waters of dating in later in life.

Davina has insisted she "manifested" the job as she broke the news on Instagram today.


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The TV legend said: "Omg.. i manifested and it came true !! I’ll be hosting a brand NEW grown up dating series for ITV1 !!

"This is a show for single parents who have lived a life , have stories to tell about their dating pasts and deserve another chance at love and I’m gonna help you

"It will all take place in the most romantic countryside location !!

"We are still casting so if u want my help finding love and u have a child who is over 18 , what are you waiting for ??? ( particularly u eligible men .. where are you ?! 👀) Sign up here It’s going to be AMAZING !! x"

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Her pals were quick to congratulate her, as fellow presenter Rosie Nixon said: "YESSSSSS! You told me about this and it is SUCH a great idea, forwarding to amazing, beautiful single friends now xxxx"

ITV also commented on her post and said: "We're so excited!!!"

ITV confirmed in January that the upcoming reality series The Romance Retreat would invite "single parents" to audition for the eagerly anticipated Love Island-style series.

The Masked Singer judge Davina later appeared on the Diary Of A CEO podcast and made no secret about her hopes of being part of the series in the future.

Speaking to host Stephen Bartlett, she said: "I’m literally begging ITV to let me present midlife Love Island. 

"I could fill a villa in Love Island with middle-aged people with the best backstories you have ever heard in your life.

"They've lived a life! They're widows, they're people who have been through horrific divorces. They are people who have split up with somebody and decided they want to try going out with somebody the same sex as them.

"They're like… interesting people. I'd watch that show."

Davina has been front and centre of reality TV for almost 30 years.

She was born in Wimbledon and shot to fame in the 1990s thanks to her work with MTV.

Davina was raised by her grandparents after her parents split when she was three, before moving in with her dad as a teen.

is best known as being the original presenter of Big Brother while it was on Channel 4 from 2000 and 2010.

She also fronted the celebrity spin-off.

Davina was given her own talk show in 2006 self-titled, Davina.

She has also presented Long Lost Family, The 100k Drop, This Time Next Year, The Jump and The Million Pound Drop.

From 2010 to 2014, she presented the Sky One dance competition show Got To Dance.

Since 2020, she has been a judge on the competition show The Masked Singer, and since 2021, a spin-off of the show, The Masked Dancer.

Davina found love again as a single parent herself, after splitting from the father of her kids Matthew Robertson in 2017.

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She has been in a relationship with former hairstylist Michael Douglas since 2019.

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