A HENLEY rugby player says competing on a television dating show was “the most hilarious weekend of my life”.
Fergus Adamson, a fly-half for Henley Hawks’ 4th team, appeared in an episode of ITV’s Take Me Out on Saturday.
The 25-year-old won a date with a university student from Thame and says he hopes to see her again.
In the show, host Paddy McGuinness put Mr Adamson before a panel of 30 single women and challenged him to win their affections.
At any point, each woman could take herself out of the running and after three rounds of elimination, he was allowed to ask any of the remaining women on a date.
The opening round was based on first impressions after Mr Adamson appeared on the studio’s “love lift”. Only two women pulled out at this point.
For the second round, Mr Adamson had to prepare a video showcasing his daily life.
His clip showed him working for London-based children’s party planners Sharky and George, where he is an events manager.
After watching this, 18 women were still interested.
For the final round, the women were shown a video compiled by an old university friend who revealed Mr Adamson’s embarrassing secrets.Six women remained after this.
Mr Adamson then chose 21-year-old “Dolly” for his date — a day trip to the “Isle of Fernando’s”, a fictional location based in Puerto de la Cruz on Tenerife.
The show’s producers flew the pair out the following day and filmed them as they spent the afternoon quad biking.
Mr Adamson said: “I think being a children’s party planner helped me massively because it showed I was a good laugh.
“My friend gave me a bit of a rinsing in his video. He said even though I claim to be a party animal, I’d much rather be on the sofa watching war films.
“That was a bit of a lie but I don’t mind — it was all a good laugh.
“Dolly was brilliant fun. I don’t know if we were particularly compatible but we got on well and I plan to see her again this month.”
Mr Adamson grew up in Binfield Heath and was educated at Rugby School in Warwickshire.
He now lives in London but regularly returns to Henley because of his sporting commitments.
His brother Jack, 29, also plays for the Hawks and his father Euan, who died in 2008, played for Henley Wanderers. He has another brother, Toby, 27, and 31-year-old sister, Sarah. His mother Dot still lives in Binfield Heath and is a part-time special needs teacher at Gillotts School in Henley.
Mr Adamson was invited to take part in the show after his university friend put him forward. He said: “I got a phone call completely out of the blue while I was on the golf course.
“Initially, I was against it because I wasn’t sure I wanted to humiliate myself on national television.However, when I thought about it, I realised it would be good fun and was an opportunity I shouldn’t miss.”
The episode was filmed in Maidstone over a single weekend in November.
Mr Adamson said: “The whole thing was such good fun. Paddy cracks lots of jokes before it starts so you really feel at ease when you go on. I can’t wait to see it when it goes out. I’ve organised for a group of friends to go and watch it together in a pub. It should be hilarious.”
Mrs Adamson said: “It’s not my kind of programme but I’m looking forward to seeing it because Fergus is on it. I’ll enjoy it as long as he comes out looking all right in the end — I don’t want him to come out looking like a complete idiot.”
Later this year, Mr Adamson will appear on a new TV panel show called Duck Quacks Don’t Echo.
Three celebrity panellists compete to see who can offer up the most incredible fact and are tested on its authenticity by any means necessary.
In Mr Adamson’s case, the test was to prove a claim that scratching is contagious.
He was secretly filmed over the course of a day and the show’s producers told his colleagues to scratch themselves when talking to him.
They also hired extras to approach him in the street and start conversations while scratching themselves.
Mr Adamson said: “It was very funny indeed. Everyone was scratching themselves in my face all day but I had no idea what was going on.
“I couldn’t get why people kept talking to me either — I just assumed I’d become very popular.
“The scratching did prove contagious although my colleagues said it was difficult because most of the time I was looking at my computer screen rather than them.”
The programme, hosted by comedian Lee Mack, explores popular myths and beliefs. It starts on Sky 1 next month.
Mr Adamson was chosen as one of his children’s entertainers is also a researcher for the show.