Take Me Out star Mark Wright on matchmaking: "My friends call me Hitch!"

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Mark Wright has revealed his matchmaking skills are so good that his friends call him Hitch!

Take Me Out: The Gossip presenter Mark is so impressive that he has now been likened to Will Smith's character, dating coach Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens, from the 2005 comedy film Hitch.

Mark Wright appears on This Morning to talk about presenting 'Take Me Out: The Gossip'. 10 February 2015.

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Speaking on ITV's This Morning, Mark talked about filming his "dream job" for the ITV2 spin-off show, which shows the singletons hoping to find love on the island.

"It's an unbelievable gig," he said. "100% it's my favourite show to do. To be out in Tenerife - the Isle of Fernando's - in the sun, talking to people about dates... It's incredible, I love it.

"I love talking about dates to my mates and helping them out with girlfriend problems, and they call me Hitch in their phonebook!"

Take Me Out has had a high success rate with three engagements, two weddings, one baby and another baby due in March!

Mark Wright presenting on Take Me Out: The Gossip - 10 February 2015.


Mark presenting on Take Me Out: The Gossip.

"It's incredible," Mark continued. "Apparently it's got more success rate than the whole of Blind Date history, so that's how well it's doing. We get so many love matches and this series actually more than ever. It's been a dramatic series."

Mark, who is engaged to former Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan, explained what happens once potential love matches arrive in Fernando's.

"So at first they arrive and they go on a date that ITV1 film for the main show, and then they come to Casa Fernando, the villa that we host from.

"They check into their rooms - separate rooms, boys and girls - and then we give them challenges to do. They go out on the town and sometimes we go out with them."

Mark and Michelle at The Sun Military Awards (Millies) 2014 - Arrivals - 12/10/2014.

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Mark and fiancée Michelle.

Love matches aside, Mark - who has just wrapped up Strictly Come Dancing's live tour - has been busy making wedding plans.

Mark and Michelle are due to marry this year after getting engaged in Dubai in September 2013.

"Yeah, we're getting there," he said. "It's going well. I have to show that I'm hands on, whether my decision counts or not, I don't know! You have to put your shout in and just say yes!"

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