The presenter is taking over from his late friend Cilla Black

Paul O’Grady has been announced as the new host of Blind Date as the show prepares to make its big comeback.

The 61-year-old presenter will step into the shoes of the late Cilla Black, who fronted the dating show from 1985 until 2003 and was a close friend of his, and he’s clearly excited about it.

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‘Blind Date is an incredibly special family show which brought laughter, tears and joy to TV viewers throughout out the land,’ says Paul.

‘I am honoured to present the brand new series and after speaking to Channel 5, I know the series is in safe hands. I can’t wait to see if we can find love.’

Us too, Paul! It’s also been revealed that the revamped series will bring the old format up to date by putting some twists on things.

LGBT contestants will appear on the programme for the first time and it sounds like there’ll be other surprises in store to liven it up after 14 years off our screens.

Channel 5 has said that Blind Date will be updated ‘to reflect the present day whilst maintaining the humour, charm and cheekiness of the original show’.

They’ve also revealed: ‘With no chance to swipe left, send a selfie or message back, the class of 2017 must break with modern-day dating convention and rely on their basic instincts to find the chemistry.’

The announcement that Paul will be fronting the show comes after various names were linked to the role including Vicky Pattison, Olly Murs and Helen Flanagan.

In case you weren’t around in the show’s 90s heyday, Blind Date sees three singletons being questioned by a contestant who’s looking for love.

Said contestant then picks one of the potential dates based solely on their answers and only then gets to see what they look like.

The pair then see if sparks fly by going on a holiday together and everyone crosses their fingers that it work out for them.

We’ll get to see if any lucky wannabes find love when the series airs this summer.