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From wheelchair dancing to dating

Vaughan | 10:25 UK time, Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Carolyne Underwood in (left) Dancing on Wheels and (right) The Undateables

If you caught last night's episode of the Channel 4 reality TV series The Undateables, in which eight disabled people attempt to find love, you might have thought that one of the participants looked a little familiar. You'd be right. Wheelchair user Carolyne Underwood was last seen on our screens in February 2010, when she appeared as a contestant in BBC Three's wheelchair ballroom dancing competition, Dancing on Wheels. Here's her profile from the show's website, along with that of her dance partner, England rugby international Martin Offiah.

In Dancing on Wheels, six wheelchair users with no previous dancing experience received professional training with their non-disabled celebrity partners, competing over 6 weeks to win the chance of representing the UK in the Wheelchair Dance Sport European Championships. That honour eventually went to James O'Shea with his partner Caroline Flack, the TV presenter.

Unfortunately, Carolyne Underwood was eliminated in the very first round of the series, but in The Undateables it seems that she may be experiencing rather more success. Last night we watched as she clearly hit it off with her date, Wayne, and the evening ended with them making plans to see each other again.

With reality shows being such a popular format, it's perhaps not so surprising that we see members of the public cropping up in more than one programme, but have you spotted any other disabled people getting a second (or even third) bite of the reality TV cherry? Let us know in the comments.



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