Do not adjust your screens, folks - Maitre d' Mateo Saina is not doing a cameo on Bridget and Eamon, rather, Edwin Sammon (aka Fr. Gabriel) is dropping by the First Dates restaurant for his first blind date!

Speaking ahead of tonight's episode, the comedian told RTÉ LifeStyle that he had never considered going on the show before now - despite being asked by producers in the past - because he didn't have the confidence to date in front of the nation.

Thankfully, having put a few Tinder dates behind him, he finally felt confident enough to take the plunge. 

"I had a few dates and felt a bit more confident about dating in general. Plus, I really love the show. They really seem like they're good at matching people up so I trusted that they would find someone for me and that I'd have the craic with them, at the very least."

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Having appeared on both Bridget and Eamon and Republic of Telly, it would be easy to assume that Ed would be used to being on camera but, according to the actor, First Dates Ireland is a whole different ball game.

"You have this weird out of body experience where you're walking to the door and you think, 'oh my god, I'm in the show, I'm at the part where they don't open the door correctly' and you start to panic and question whether you should open the door correctly," he laughed.

"Once you're in the door, you just forget about it," he insisted. "You forget the whole aspect of being on television and you just concentrate on your nerves."

Determined not to give any spoilers away, the comedian stayed tight-lipped about his date with Emer, a 44-year-old physical therapist from Athlone: "I arrived first, I can confirm that," he deadpanned.

However, he did tell us that he is looking forward to tonight's viewing party with fellow comedian Kevin McGahern to find out exactly what he said in some of the night's more intimate conversations...

"I was waiting on her to arrive, it was very nerve-wracking, and I have no idea what I said to the barman," he laughed. "I want to tune in purely so I can watch that bit and find out what I was talking about."

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The 42-year-old says he would recommend the show to any singletons around the country but admitted that the post-show interview feels a little odd.

"It's weird. On a normal date, you wouldn't go to a restaurant and then have the head chef drag you into a room and grill you about how it went and if you'd see each other again," he joked. "It's usually a chat you'd have in private, maybe a text after the date if they're cowardly. 

"I remember being kind of giddy at that point and laughing a lot. It's a weird pressure because sometimes you instantly like someone and there's a spark but other times you kind of have to see someone a couple of times to get a sense of them.

"That whole cupid's arrow thing isn't true. Love at first sight doesn't exist."

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Elsewhere on tonight's show...

Self-proclaimed 'nerdy guy’ Paul from Westmeath puts the Big Bang Theory to the test with astrophysics grad Rebecca from Meath. But in a nice way.

'Wild' student nurse Stacey from Dublin is looking for someone to keep her on her toes, and gets her wish in the form of waitress Billí from Athy.

Kitchen porter Mark from Dublin puts his best foot forward with Curly Cailin blogger Gabriella from Meath.

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Ed dropped into RTÉ2fm to speak with Jen Zamparelli about first dates, hair loss and his experience with cancer - listen back above.

For more information on Ed's upcoming gigs, visit his Facebook page.