'The Love Trap' on Channel 4 — start date, premise, host and everything you need to know

The Love Trap host Joel Dommett.
The Love Trap host Joel Dommett. (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Love Trap is a dating show heading to Channel 4 soon and is made by the creators of the popular Netflix series Too Hot To Handle. It will be an 8 part series that's sure to get fans binging, and it sounds like there's plenty of drama in store for us too. So once you're done with Love Island 2021, this could be your next must-watch dating series.

A source told The Sun: "It’s reality TV and a game show all rolled into one and will explore how people form genuine ­relationships and connections. There are 12 female ­contestants who, over a series of dates, will try to win the heart of one single man."

Here's what we know so far...

The Love Trap release date

The Love Trap begins on C4 and All4 on Weds 20th October at 10pm.

What is the premise of The Love Trap?

The Love Trap follows 12 female ­contestants who are all trying to impress one man, so the competition will be tough! If that wasn't dramatic enough, there's a twist, as only half of the women on the series are genuine.

It's up to the male contestant to work out who actually wants to date him, and who is just in it for the cash prize. Meanwhile, the women will try their best to convince him that they are indeed genuine, and try to avoid being dumped. The dumping is particularly brutal too, as it involves a literal trap door!

The source added: "Each of the female ­contestants will be going all out to prove they are genuine. And the man will then dump whoever he thinks is trying to con him —through the Love Trap."

Who is the male contestant?

David The Love Trap

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Too Hot To Handle fans will recognise The Love Trap's bachelor as personal trainer David will be looking for love once again.

He has described his ideal partner as: "outgoing, and fun, and bubbly". He added: "I want a best friend as well as a partner. And someone who’s driven, that they want to achieve in their life, and they want to go places."

Who are the female contestants?


Chloe The Love Trap

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Chloe is a 22-year-old professional dancer and one of the contestants who's hoping to find love. She has cited that as her main goal and has claimed she doesn't want to "rely" on anyone else.

She said: "I came in there for one thing, and that definitely was to meet somebody. I can work, I can make money. I’ve never relied on anyone else for money. I work hard for it, so if I want money, I’ll make it myself. I’ve come on here to try and make myself a better person in terms of letting my walls down and things like that.’


Saran The Love Trap

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Saran is a 25-year-old classical musician who is originally from Wales, and decided to sign up for the series due to its unique concept.

She said: "It’s something new and exciting, and I think that’s why it drew my attention a little more than something like Love Island because God knows what could happen with this show. It could blow up!"


Eleanor The Love Trap

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Barnsley born Eleanor works in customer service and NHS admin and says: "I feel like my typical type is just your typical tall, dark, and handsome. Someone who makes me laugh, someone that I can trust. I don’t ask for much, so where’s my man at?!"


J’Harie The Love Trap

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26-year-old office manager J'Harie said: "I would definitely say that love is more important to me, but obviously money is sweet as well. Makes the world go round."


Kelly The Love Trap

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Kelly is a 26-year-old dog groomer from Birmingham and has said: "I’m quite a bubbly person. I always like to see the positives in situations. I’m more of a glass half full than a glass half empty kind of girl. Generally happy, bubbly, positive. I mean don’t cross me at the same time, I’m a Leo, so I’ve got that fire inside of me sometimes when needed."


Thea The Love Trap

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Thea knows exactly what she wants from The Love Trap and says: "I’m looking for someone that is a bit older than me, someone who’s got their life together and got ambition. Someone that has got a good sense of humour, not a pretty boy, but someone that definitely cares about what they look like. Someone that’s into fitness.

Someone that’s confident. So I don’t ask for much!"


Demi The Love Trap

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28-year-old Demi is a model, dancer and actress from Liverpool and said: " ‘I absolutely loved being with the girls and I really loved getting to know David and we honestly had the best time.

"It was a rollercoaster. One day I was crying, the next day I was happy and the next day I was doing a catwalk or the splits and the next day I’m losing my head, about to kick off. You get so wrapped up in it."


Essex born Elsie is a masters student and is confident she knows what she's looking for, saying: "‘I like big shoulders and dark hair, but I want someone that can make me belly laugh. It’s not like when you crack a joke and you’re politely like, “Oh, ha ha ha.” Someone who can literally make me laugh so much you can’t breathe and you feel like you’re getting a six pack. I want that!"

Who is hosting The Love Trap?

The Masked Singer and The Masked Dancer host Joel Dommett will present The Love Trap. Speaking about his new hosting duties, he said: "I love lying, love and trap doors so it’s all I’ve ever wanted. It’s genuinely a huge idea and I’m excited they have trusted me at the helm."

Is there a trailer yet?

Nope — but watch this space!

Lucy Buglass
Senior Staff Writer

Lucy joined the WhatToWatch.com team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.

She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story, Stranger Things and Black Mirror but she is also partial to a quiz show or a bit of Say Yes to the Dress