Taken Out

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Taken Out
Developed byFremantleMedia Australia
Presented byJames Kerley
Opening theme"I Never Liked You" by Rogue Traders
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes65
ProducerFremantleMedia Australia
Running time30 minutes
Original release
NetworkNetwork Ten
Release1 September 2008 (2008-09-01) –
26 February 2009 (2009-02-26)
Take Me Out

Taken Out is an Australian television dating game show that was originally broadcast on Network Ten between 1 September 2008 and 26 February 2009. The format was developed by FremantleMedia (now Fremantle) and was hosted by James Kerley.[1]

International versions were developed using various titles, starting in 2008 in Denmark as Dagens Mand [da] (Today's Man) and in 2009 in the Netherlands as Take Me Out. This title was also used for United Kingdom, Ireland, the Philippines and the United States versions of the show.[2] A new Australian version of Take Me Out, hosted by comedian Joel Creasey, aired on the Seven Network from 3 September until 27 November 2018.[3]

Versions have also been made in Sweden, Indonesia, Japan, China, Spain, Finland, Thailand, Germany, Italy, France, Malaysia, Taiwan, Canada (Quebec), Vietnam and Lebanon.


Taken Out is primarily a studio-based show, with limited amounts of location-based material, that involves a single person who is introduced to thirty single people of the opposite sex which were revealed to them in the Taken Out arena. The show is split into two sections: The initial selection in the studio, and the two stage date. During the course of the game, the host presents information and videos about the single person and based upon this information, the thirty people periodically decide independently, if they should 'leave their light on' and stay in the game with the chance to date the single person or to 'turn their light out' and exclude themselves from the chance to date the person.

Initial selection[edit]

Note: The following is described with one single man being presented to thirty single women. The opposite (one single woman presented to thirty single men) also occurs.

Firstly, the women learnt a single piece of information about the single man which, along with his appearance, they used to decide whether they were interested or not. The women then judged and turned their lights off or on depending on their decision, however once they had turned their lights off, they couldn't change their minds. Then there would be a video of the single man shown, where they would describe their best features and qualities to try to keep as many women in the game as possible. The women then judged again. Next, a video by the single man's friend, family member, co worker or ex-partner was shown. The women then decided again. Finally, if there were four or more women left with their lights on, the single man walked around the arena and personally met each remaining woman and either turn her light out or left hers on until there were only three women remaining. Then the single man asked a question to the three women, in which he then chose one woman to dismiss. This occurred again for the remaining two women. At the end the single man formally got asked if they would like to date the remaining woman or not. The first question was skipped if only two women are remaining and the single man still got to ask a question if only one woman was remaining before arriving at the question stage. If at any stage of the game all thirty women had turned their lights off, the game ended immediately and the single man left the show without a woman. During the whole process Kerley walked around the arena and chatted with different women asking for their opinions of the single man and why they had kept their light on or turned it off.

Dating process[edit]

After the initial selection is complete, a three-stage dating process occurs. Firstly, the couple get to chat in private in a 'green room' at the studios in which they can get to know each other better in an uninfluenced environment. Next up, the couple meet for a date at a Melbourne restaurant, bar, massage parlour or other similar place. If either person is still interested in the other, there is an opportunity to attend a rendezvous at the Eureka Tower observation deck, where champagne and views of Melbourne at night await. This can often embarrassingly lead to only one person attending the rendezvous point. The latter two meetings are optional, however most attend the second stage. After all possible meetings, a final verdict is delivered. If either person wants the relationship to continue, they 'leave their light on' but if they wish for the relationship to end, they 'turn their light out'. This process is shown on the episode after the episode where their pairing was determined in the studio.


The show originally screened Monday to Friday in the 7pm timeslot before it was moved to an earlier 6pm timeslot after two weeks on air, due to competition from other shows.[4] It was removed from schedules in its fourth week after screening 19 episodes, due to continuing mediocre ratings.[5] Despite the axing, FremantleMedia continued to produce new episodes. In total, 65 episodes had been recorded. On 12 January 2009, Taken Out returned to air at around midnight each morning, seven days a week.[6] The remaining 46 episodes aired until 26 February 2009.

The show has also aired on Australian subscription television channel Channel V.

International versions[edit]

Region/Country Name Channel Premiere Presenter(s)
 Australia[3][7] (Original format) Take Me Out Seven Network 3 September–27 November 2018 Joel Creasey
 Belgium (Flanders)[8] Take Me Out 2BE 15 December 2010–2011 Gerrit De Cock
 Brazil[9] Me Leva Contigo
Take Me With You
Rede Record 9 May 2014–2015 Rafael Cortez
 Chile[10] Elígeme
Pick Me
Mega 24 March 2010 Luis Jara
 China[11][12] 我们约会吧
(male/female roles reverse)
"Let's Date"
Hunan TV 24 December 2009–25 June 2014 He Jiong (何炅)
If You Are the One
Literally "If not Sincere, Then Don't Bother"
Jiangsu TV 15 January 2010–present Meng Fei (孟非)
 Czech Republic[13] Take Me Out Prima televize 14 September 2017–present Jakub Prachař & Milan Zimnýkoval
 Czechoslovakia TV JOJ 5 September 2017
 Denmark[14] Dagens Mand
Today's Man
TV2 17 September 2008 Pelle Hvenegaard
TV3[15] 8 September 2016 Mattias Hundebøll
 Estonia[16] Vali Mind!
Pick Me!
Kanal 2 2011 Kristjan Jõekalda
 France[17] Séduis-moi...Si tu peux!
Seduce me...if you can!
W9 30 September 2013 Jérôme Anthony
 Germany[18] Take Me Out RTL 13 March 2013–present Jan Köppen (Current)
Ralf Schmitz (Former)
 Hungary[19] Vigyél el!
Take Me Away!
RTL Klub 5 September 2015 Bence Istenes
 Indonesia[20][21] Take Me Out Indonesia Indosiar 19 June 2009
17 November 2012
Choky Sitohang and Yuanita Christiani
Take Him Out Indonesia 2 August 2009
Take A Celebrity Out Indonesia 2010
All New Take Me Out Indonesia February 2014 Indra Bekti and Nycta Gina
Take Me Out Indonesia antv 19 September 2016 Eko Patrio
Cari Jodoh Lagi
Find a Soulmate Again
20 August 2017
Take Me Out Indonesia GTV 27 July 2019–2020 Robby Purba
MNCTV 29 June 2023–present Rian Ibram, Angel Karamoy and Vega Darwanti
 Ireland[22] Take Me Out TV3 15 October 2010–4 April 2015 Ray Foley
 Italy[23] Take me out - Esci con me
Take me out - Go out with me
Real Time 4 January 2016 Gabriele Corsi
 Japan[24] Take Me Out TBS TV 1 October 2009 加藤浩次
Kato Kouji
 Lebanon[25] Take Me Out نقشت
Take Me Out, it worked
LBCI September 2016–present Fouad Yammine
 Malaysia[26] Take Me Out NTV7 11 November 2011 Nazrudin Rahman and Julie Woon
 Netherlands[27] Take Me Out RTL 5 9 March 2009 Eddy Zoëy/Jan Kooijman
Take me Out Mother knows best Videoland 2021–present Rick Brandsteder
 Norway[28] Dagens Mann
Man of The Day
TV3 September 2011–2013 Hasse Hope
 Philippines[29] Take Me Out GMA Network 26 April–2 July 2010 Jay-R
 Poland[30] Umów się ze mną. Take Me Out
Make an Appointment/Arrange with me. Take Me Out
Polsat 7 March 2018 Piotr Gumulec
 Québec (Canada)[31] Allume-moi
Light me up
V 30 September 2013–2014 Philippe Bond
 Romania[32] Rămân cu tine
I Remain/Stay/Staying with You
Antena 1 4 August 2020 Liviu Vârciu
 Serbia Izvedi me (Take me out)
Bring me (Take me out)
RTV Pink 21 November 2016–1 January 2018 Andrija Milošević
 Slovakia[33] Take Me Out TV JOJ 5 September 2017–2019 Milan Zimnýkoval and Jakub Prachar
 South Africa[34][35][36] Take Me Out: South Africa SABC1 15 July 2014 Phat Joe (NOTE: This should not be confused with a rapper named "Fat Joe")
Take Me Out: Mzansi[37][38][39][40] Vuzu Amp 10 July 2017–2018
 South Korea[41] Love Switch tvN 15 March 2010–2011 Lee Kyung-kyu and Shin Dong-yup
 Spain[42] Elígeme
Pick Me
Cuatro 24 November 2010–2011 Carlos Baute
Me quedo contigo
I Stay with You[43][44]
Telecinco 25 July 2019 Jesús Vázquez
 Sweden[45] Dagens man
Today's Man
TV4 Plus 30 September 2009–9 July 2010 Carolina Gynning
 Taiwan[46][47] 王子的約會
Take Me Out Taiwan
Taiwan Television 18 August 2012–26 April 2014 Harlem Yu and Ella Chen of (S.H.E)
 Thailand[48][49] Take Me Out Thailand Channel 3 2 July 2011–present Ketsepsawat Palagawongse na Ayutthaya [th] and Apissada Kueakhongkha  [th]
Patcharasri Benjamas [th] (former)
Take Guy Out Thailand AIS Play
Line TV (former)
7 May 2016–present Ketsepsawat Palagawongse na Ayutthaya [th] and Niti Chaichitathorn
Patcharasri Benjamas [th] (former)
 Ukraine[50] Давай, до побачення!
Davay, do pobachennya!
Come on, goodbye!
1+1 30 August 2012 Andriy Domanskyi
 United Kingdom[51] Take Me Out ITV 2 January 2010–28 December 2019 Paddy McGuinness
 United States[52] Take Me Out Fox[53] June 7–July 26 2012[54] George Lopez
 Vietnam Đăng nhập trái tim
Login Heart
HTV7 8 May 2021[55] Phương Hiếu
Âu Việt


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