'In general, we don't like them singing and there's very little performing now. I try and shy away from performers who think it might get someone offering a recording contract.
'Backstage the whole thing is like a military operation - people running round with walkie- talkies so the pickers and pickees don't see each other.
'Afterwards there is a half- hour party, then the unpicked people go back to their hotels and the couples go out to dinner with a researcher to hear about their date. A lot of people like to imagine that wild things are going on backstage, but that certainly doesn't happen.'
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