Naked Attraction is the extreme dating show where contestants bare all during their first meeting.

Hosted by Anna Richardson, the Channel 4 series sees six contestants strip to their birthday suit in the hopes of getting a date.

First airing in July 2016, Naked Attraction has received many Ofcom complaints over the full-frontal nudity on display but most viewers can't get enough of it.

You might have thought it would be a struggle to find willing participants but the show gets thousands of confident applicants for every series.

In the first series there were 96 vagina shots and 282 penises in its opening 47-minute episode, while in the second series opener the tables were turned with 363 vaginas outnumbering 166 penises.

Brave former Naked Attraction contestants have lifted the lid on what really goes on backstage and and bizarrely only get paid if you don't ever appear on the Channel 4 dating show

Here is a look at some of Naked Attraction's behind-the-scenes secrets.

How long you're naked for

It takes a very brave person to go on Naked Attraction
It takes a very brave person to go on Naked Attraction

You don't just get naked for the duration of your stint on air, as each episode can take up to 12 hours to film.

The contestants have to be nude before the cameras start rolling and are often in the studio at 7am for filming.

"It’s a long day. They do some hair and make-up and then you get to meet the people you’re up against," former contestant Gavin told iNews in 2017.

"You’ve got about two hours of standing in a box until it all starts. It ended up being from seven in the morning to three in the afternoon to film half an hour of television.

It's a long day for those in the box, but the person picking a date only has to be naked for 15 minutes.

What happens if men get 'excited'

A man was once take away to calm down
A man was once take away to calm down

These things are obviously going to happen in a room full of naked people.

The saucy set-up once became too much for one male contestant who had to leave the set to calm down when he got "excited".

Host Anna Richardson revealed he had to get escorted off set during the awkward moment. so he could sort himself out.

Speaking on the Andy Jaye podcast last month, Anna said: "We did have a couple of seasons ago, there was a young man who I think might have been in the pink pod. He was getting a little bit excited about what was about to happen."

Anna continued: "So our lovely floor manager, Dave the floor manager, had to go 'come on' and just had to escort him off the floor for a little while, just to calm down.

"And then he was brought back onto set. It always happens. Boys being boys – you can't control your anatomy can you? So, there's been a little bit of excitement."

Sneaky tricks

Naked Attraction host Anna Richardson
The raunchy show sees six people - all completely naked - have their bodies gradually revealed by a potential date

Every contestant tries to use little tricks to make sure they look their best.

The boys in particular are concerned with how their manhood will come across - and are often concerned about it being too cold in the studio.

"You were sweating because there was a light shining on you, but there was a draft so it was a bit cold, so there was quite a lot of shaking going on by the boys," explained former contestant Gavin.

"Whenever the camera wasn’t on, everyone was shaking themselves to try and make themselves look bigger."

Host Anna also revealed the female and male contestants fight over the thermostat in the studio.

"The boys always want the studio to be warm and they're always doing that crafty tug behind the pods because they want their manhood to look at its very best," she revealed.

"They're always fiddling and touching so all the girls are always having to go – 'look, boy in the red pod, just leave it alone!'

'Whereas the girls want the studio to be freezing because of course they want their boobs to look their very best."

How much you get paid

Those contestants who get on air don't actually get paid
Those contestants who get on air don't actually get paid

The contestants don't actually get paid a penny for stripping off in front of the nation.

In a bizarre twist, it's only those unlucky (or lucky depending on how you look at it) few who get given any cash.

Those on standby who don't have to reveal their naked bodies get given £75 just for being at the studios.

Former contestant Gavin revealed: "If you’re on standby and you don’t appear on the show then you get paid £75 for being in the room. You don’t get paid if you’re on the show.

"I got accepted. I think it’s quite hard to get rejected – most people who apply get on."

Each person who manages to secure a date is given £50 to spend and if they don't actually use it all they can keep the change.

Awkward auditions

It can get a bit awkward during the auditions
It can get a bit awkward during the auditions

But the actual show isn't the very first time that the participants actually get naked as those hoping to get on air have to strip off before they reach the studio.

During the interview process they have to meet some of the producers, answer some basic questions, then strip off.

Ex-contestant Gavin explained: "He explained: “I went down to Newcastle, sat down and chatted with a camerawoman and a male interviewee.

"Then they said ‘Can you take your clothes off now and pitch yourself to us?’ It lasted about 45 minutes.

"It wasn’t so awkward, they made me feel at ease.”

Things can get a tad awkward when you're sat in the nude answering questions about your life.

Millie Norris, who appeared on the show in 2018, told Fabulous magazine: "It was me and two people in the room, one was a man who filmed me to see how I was on camera.

"They asked me some questions then asked me to get unchanged. Then they ask you more questions while you’re sat there naked.

"I hadn’t expected them to ask me to get naked on camera in the interview, I don’t think that was mentioned to me before. I was happy doing it, I’m not a shy person, but it was weird."

Contestants also have to do an in-depth interview other the phone - with Millie explaining she was asked about her sexual preferences, turn ons and offs, embarrassing bedroom confessions and even whether she liked feet.

Before stripping off

The contestants have to get naked before going on air
The contestants have to get naked before going on air

Each contestant is given two chaperons who follow them round all day.

Security is as high as other shows such as The Masked Singer, as it's obviously important that they don't bump into each other before the big reveal.

The production team makes sure that the pickers don't see the people who are going into the boxes so that the premise of the show is not compromised.

Before going on air the participants are given a run through of things they mentioned during their audition process and what they should bring up when being filmed.

They bring their own clothes to the studio, but if producers don't like what they see they provide the contestants with something else.

Finding love

That hug at the end can be awkward
That hug at the end can be awkward

After the awkward hug thats comes once the naked pair have been coupled up there isn't much time spent 'hanging' around.

Within hours of being partnered together they head for their first date, which is fully clothed as they are in public.

There are actually a number of couples who found love on the show and are still together.

Former contestants James North and Gemma Warren have been in a long-distance relationship since they met on the show in 2017.

Explaining it wasn't just about his naked body, Gemma told The Guardian: "I fancied his bum. His legs were lovely. He had lovely genitals as well.

"But, primarily, it was James’s whole body that attracted me. It wasn’t just because he had a nice willy, or his smile. I wanted to get to know him."

*The new series of Naked Attraction starts tonight on Channel 4 at 10pm