If you’ve ever watched Channel 4’s First Dates – or gone on one yourself – you’ll know that initial encounter is a special one, that’s often rather charming but can run the risk of being incredibly cringeworthy when played out on national television.
That didn’t stop Ferne McCann and George Shelley from doing their best Katie Price and Peter Andre, giving ‘flanter’ (that’s Ferne’s term for flirty banter) in the jungle hammocks a go.
And with makeshift maitre d’ Kieron Dyer egging them on, it wasn’t long before everyone in camp could see a whole new world of possibilities when it came to Ferne and George’s burgeoning more-than-friendship.
“Mine and George’s friendship is so nice and we are very similar and he plays along with my silly games” said Ferne. “You have to kill your boredom in here and pass the time”
We can’t help but think most friends don’t say “let’s do role play” and start giving each other hand and leg massages if they’re just having a bit of a laugh…
The positively gleeful look on George’s face when he discovered he’d be spending the night with his new BFF didn’t do much to suggest things were purely platonic either. The Isle of Ferne-nandos (I’ll take my payment for the marketing campaign in chicken and spicy rice, ta) is rather appealing: no wonder he was anxious to “get funky in the bunky”.
The pair set off on their trek through the jungle positively blushing after the boys made quite a fuss of their flirting in camp.
And with those lanterns in tow, they looked as though they’d walked straight out of a Disney movie.
There was minimal time for romance with a bacon and sausage brekkie for camp up for grabs and alarm clocks going off every 15 minutes or so, but that didn’t stop the pair from bonding on their ‘official’ first date.
“George is easy on the eye”, Ferne admitted in a First Dates/Blind Date review of the evening style piece to camera. Who could say no to a boyband member in a slug-like sleeping bag?
And lest we forget, the pair were literally making sweet music together just a few days back, penning a jungle rap while hosting their own jungle radio show.