Who’ll find love on our virtual date? This week it’s Yvette, 30, and Ali, 35, but will romance be on the cards?

  • Every week, FEMAIL pairs up two singletons to go on date before reporting back
  • Yvette, 30, and Ali, 35, this week conducted their meeting virtually 
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Yvette, 30, (pictured) is an education charity worker

YVETTE, 30 

Dating Past?

The longest relationship I’ve had lasted for four months. I’ve never been in love and I think my friends, who are all settled down, worry about me. But the truth is I’d prefer to be on my own than with the wrong person.

VITAL STATISTICS

Single for two years, no children.

CURRENT ROLE

Education charity worker.

WOULD LIKE TO MEET

A confident man who can look after himself and has a sense of humour. I can be shy, so I’d like it if he could take the lead without being too pushy.

I tried online dating this year, but it shocked me how so many guys were prepared to break lockdown rules and meet up after just a few days of chatting.

Pre-Date Nerves?

YES. And unfortunately I had a food shop booked to arrive right in the middle of the date.

I decided to wear a teal blouse so my date could see me on camera.

First Impressions?

We had a funny ‘hello, hello?’ introduction while we both waited to be connected. Ali wore a smart shirt. 

Straight away I could tell that he’s a funny guy — we were laughing from the first minute.

Easy To Talk To?

We talked about the soap operas we like and found that we’re both Emmerdale fans. 

Also we both want to travel when Covid is under control, enjoy musicals and have done a bit of dancing and acting. 

Ali made me laugh when he spoke about hating stage make-up.

I live with my mum so discreetly sent her a text each time I needed a prosecco top-up. She promised not to interrupt!

YVETTE’S VERDICT: 7/10 

LIKED? Ali is easy to talk to.

REGRETS? None.

SEE HIM AGAIN? It would be nice to see Ali again. 

Embarrassing Moments?

No, none. But we did have to cancel our first date because Ali had a bereavement in the family. 

I sent him my condolences and I’m glad I waited until he felt ready to date again.

Did Sparks Fly?

I think so. I’d like to explore things a bit more with Ali. 

We spoke for two hours and, when we wrapped things up, it felt natural to suggest that we exchange numbers. We’ve messaged one another since.

Would you like to meet in person?

Yes, it’s a shame that we couldn’t meet in person in the first place. But a virtual date was a nice way to get to know one another.

What do you think he thought of you?

I don’t know! He did text me afterwards to say he had enjoyed the date.

Would your friends like him?

Yes, they would like Ali. My friends would like anyone who makes me happy.

ALI, 35  

Dating Past?

I have had a few girlfriends over the years. I was engaged in my late-20s, but the relationship ended shortly after I proposed. 

I lost my dad and my grandfather this year, so haven’t dated for a while.

Pre-Date Nerves?

I didn’t tell anyone I was going on a blind date as I was a little bit nervous. I reframed it in my mind as something new and exciting to keep my nerves in check.

VITAL STATISTICS

Single for two years, no children.

CURRENT ROLE

Football club media officer.

WOULD LIKE TO MEET

A bubbly, intelligent and spontaneous lady. She will also have to put up with my love for football. Ideally she wouldn’t have any exes still on the scene.  

ALI’S VERDICT: 11/10 

LIKED?  Yvette’s got an amazing smile.

REGRETS? I don’t think so.

SEE HIM AGAIN? Yes 

First Impressions?

Yvette is beautiful — I hope she won’t mind me saying it, but she’s an absolute cracker. 

When I told her she looks like the TV presenter Stacey Solomon, she said that she sometimes gets mistaken for her. I was glad I’d decided to wear something smart.

Easy To Talk To?

We giggled about lots of things. Every time she took a mouthful of food I asked her a question — which made her laugh when she realised I was doing it on purpose. 

We talked about what it’s like to work from home and how you have to resist the temptation to have a glass of wine at the end of the day.

I did apologise for talking a lot, as is my usual way. But I think the conversation was fairly split. Yvette is also a cricket fan, which is a big tick for me.

Embarrassing Moments?

Yvette has two dogs: a Dalmatian and a German pointer. 

At one point they came bounding into the room, howling because her shopping delivery had arrived. She was totally zen about it and simply said: ‘Mum will sort it.’

Did Sparks Fly?

I think so, although it’s difficult to gauge online.

Would you like to meet in person?

I’d definitely like to see Yvette again. She’s a lovely, intelligent lady and an all-round cutie pie. 

I’d have loved to have given her a hug to thank her for a lovely date.

What do you think she thought of you?

I’m not one for inflating my own ego, but I hope she thought I was nice, pleasant and funny.

Would your friends like her?

Yes. Yvette would fit in well with my social circle. 

We’ve got lots in common, from our love of musicals to our dabbling with the entertainment world. 

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