Preston 'part time witch' storms social media after giving reality TV star a taste of his own medicine on Celebs Go Dating

A Preston man looking for love has become a Twitter hit after appearing on Celebs Go Dating - and it's landed him more TV work.

By Catherine Musgrove
Sunday, 13th February 2022, 4:55 am

Gideon Allen, 23, appeared on Wednesday night's episode as a date for former Apprentice star, Ryan-Mark Parsons.

But the pair failed to hit it off, and Gideon wasted no time challenging the confrontational Londoner, who said his Preston accent was "grubby".

>>>Click here to read about Gideon's appearance on another TV dating show.

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"He kept trying to belittle me", said Gideon, who works in sales. "But I just thought, 'you really can't, look at the state of you'.

"He was trying to be confrontational, but I was too much for him. Everyone has been praising me for giving him a taste of his own medicine."

The essence of Ryan-Mark

Gideon was tasked with painting a portrait to 'capture the essence' of Ryan-Mark, 21. After the verbal sparring - in which Ryan-Mark also said he found Gideon unfunny and said he feared getting a rash if he went on a night out in Blackpool - Gideon went for payback and produced an unflattering, offensive image.

Gideon Allen from Preston, who claims to be a part time witch

On seeing the portrait, Ryan-Mark, kicked it to the floor.

"I've been overwhelmed by the response", said Gideon.

"I've been getting DM's (direct messages) from people saying they'd watched it with their mum and found it really funny."

On Twitter, @ThisIsAshleyL wrote: "Love all these dates telling Ryan Mark where to go! It’s about time he got a taste of his own medicine. #CelebsGoDating"

A scene from Celebs Go Dating, with Gideon painting a portrait of Ryan-Mark. Credit: Channel 4.

@CarolinaGHan wrote: "Gideon’s painting and attitude absolutely had me crying with laughter".

Part time witch

Gideon has previously appeared in Channel 4's First Impressions, where potential love matches only meet when they sit down at a table with them, and have to give their first impressions of how they live their lives.

During the show, Gideon revealed to his date that he is a 'part time witch'. He said he regularly goes on ghost hunts with friends, uses a spell book, and owns a potion book.

Gideon with his spell books

Gideon said: "The feedback from Celebs Go Dating has been totally different to the feedback I got after doing First Impressions. I was so surprised by that, because it was quite negative and I got a bit of trolling, but this time it's been all good."

More media opportunities

Gideon has also been given good feedback from Celebs Go Dating host Paul Brunson, who has approached him over a new project.

"I can't say what it is yet", said Gideon.

"But it seems like there is something else new, and it's really exciting.

"So although I don't find love on these shows, doing them is really good because I have a great time and I always make a friend."

As well as potential new television opportunities, Gideon is also launching his own podcast, called A Little Bit of Love With Gideon Allen, which is being produced with Marcus Wright from Beat Radio. He says the concept is giving the public love advice on each episode.