Who'll find love on our virtual date?

Who’ll find love on our virtual date? This week it’s Felicity, 40, and James, 40, but will romance be on the cards?

  • Every week FEMAIL sends a couple on a blind date and asks them to report back 
  • Publicist Felicity, 40, and business owner James, 40, shared their virtual date 
  • Would you like us to find you a date? Are you a singleton, or is there someone you’d like to send on a blind date? Email: [email protected] 

Felicity, 40, (pictured) is a freelance publicist


Dating Past?

I’ve been single for most of my 30s because I focused on my career. The last long-term relationship I had was five years ago, when I lived in New York for 15 months. We lived together, but I returned to the UK after it ended. I use dating apps, but I am selective — which is probably why I’m still single.

Pre-Date Nerves?

I’ve been on blind dates before, but I’ve never been on a virtual date. Still, I wasn’t nervous — after all, we’re both in lockdown.

First Impressions?

Vital Statistics 

Single for a few years, no children.

Current Role 

Freelancing as a publicist.

Would Like To Meet

A positive thinker who is financially solvent and will make me laugh. Preferably, they would be sporty like me, and also want to start a family.

While James is attractive, he was just wearing a T-shirt. To me that said he hadn’t made much effort, whereas I wore a dress and make-up, and prepped a couple of gin and tonics, as well as a takeaway.

Easy To Talk To?

We talked about James’s work. Although he asked me a few questions, I got the impression he wasn’t interested. As the date progressed I came to the conclusion that James doesn’t have time for a girlfriend because he’s too driven.

The conversation was mainly about our professional lives, and there wasn’t much humour.

Embarrassing Moments?

Almost two hours into our virtual date James started looking at another screen to check his emails. I wrapped things up.

Did Sparks Fly?

James is good-looking, but there was no chemistry. It doesn’t help that he was clearly more focused on his work. While I was set up on my laptop so I could enjoy my takeaway, James walked around his house on his laptop because he hadn’t got any food or drinks ready. It didn’t feel like a date.

I believe James does date quite a bit when he has the time, but I don’t think he is interested in settling down.

Felicity’s Verdict: 6/10 

Liked? Dating at home made me feel more relaxed.

Regrets? None — it was a good way to pass an evening during the lockdown.

See him Again? No.

What do you think he thought of you?

I’ve got no idea. I listened and agreed with him for almost two hours. I suspect he would say I’m easy to talk to, but he didn’t compliment me on anything.

Would your friends like him?

I’m quite surprised James is 40 because he came across as much younger. I had a debrief with my friends and they unanimously concluded that James isn’t for me.

I’m looking for someone who enjoys lively, sparkling conversation and some banter. James’s business has taken over his life. We definitely won’t be keeping in touch.


James, 40, (pictured) is the founder of a bottled cocktail company 

Dating Past?

I have had two long-term relationships in the past 15 years. I was with one girlfriend for four years in my 20s and, until recently, I was in an 11-year relationship. It was very ‘on and off’, and we split permanently a year ago.

I’ve been dating casually ever since, but it’s definitely harder at 40 than at 20.

Pre-Date Nerves?

Even though I’ve been on a couple of virtual dates since lockdown began, I was nervous. I was conscious about how I looked on the screen.

Vital Statistics 

Single for a year, no children.

Current Role

Founder of a bottled cocktail company.

Would Like To Meet 

Someone who keeps in shape, is petite with some curves, and is creative and ambitious. I’m not interested in party girls, vegetarians or women glued to social media.

For the first 15 minutes of the date I was concerned about the camera giving me a bad angle. I occasionally checked that I didn’t have half my head cut off or was too close to the camera.

I just wore the clothes I was in during the day, with a nice jacket.

First Impressions?

Felicity is attractive but I don’t think she’s my type. I only really saw her from the shoulders up, so I didn’t see what she was wearing.

Easy To Talk To?

It was a gorgeous Easter weekend evening, so I sat outside for most of the time. It didn’t feel like a date — rather like two friends chatting.

Felicity was keen to learn about my cocktail business. She told me a bit about her work in PR and her past relationships. I made a margarita at one point, with salt on the rim of the glass, which she enjoyed watching.

Embarrassing Moments?

There were none, as we had lots to talk about. We knew nothing about one another so there was plenty of ground to cover.

Did Sparks Fly?

No. we’re poles apart. We have different tastes and don’t mix in the same social circles.

What do you think she thought of you?

James’s Verdict: 7/10

Liked? I could sit in the garden and not be committed to a whole evening out. It didn’t drag on.

Regrets? None.

See her again? No.

I think she liked me, but only as a friend. The conversation didn’t falter, and we chatted for almost two hours. But two weeks ago I had an online date that went on for six hours because there was chemistry between us.

Would your friends like her?

Felicity is a chatty and intelligent woman. While my friends would like her, we wouldn’t socialise together. I suspect she likes different clubs and bars to me.

Fancy a date with an eligible single like you? Or would you like to play cupid for someone else? Email your — or their — details and a photo to [email protected]dailymail.co.uk

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