A couple of four years ‘forgot’ their entire relationship after being hypnotised for a TV experiment – but not everyone watching at home was convinced.
YouTube vloggers Lucy D’Agostino, 20, and George Warrington, 24, who are behind The Juicy Vlog, were hypnotised by Aaron Calvert for the Channel 4 show Hello Stranger, which sees couples temporarily relieved of all memories of their relationship – and left convinced they’re single and ready to mingle.
While under hypnosis, they were each sent on dates with other people they’d been matched with based on their idea of the perfect partner, before going on a date with one another – effectively as strangers.
At the end of the process they were told they were in a long-term relationship – a fact Lucy refused to believe until they were shown loved-up selfies to jog their memories.
Lucy said on the show it was like ‘falling in love again’ as their happy memories together came flooding back.
But suspicious viewers watching at home were quick to suggest all was not as it seems, with one tweeting simply: ‘This show is so fake’
Lucy D’Agostino, 20, and George Warrington, 24, were told they had been in a relationship all along
Viewers weren’t convinced by the experiment and said it was very obviously ‘fake’
Another tweeted: ‘Never seen anything so fake. How convienient that they both record vlogs on their relationship and are fame hungry [sic].’
While another added: ‘Fake…fake…fake.. they clearly recognised each other, talked over each other and acted totally differently than on all other dates. Body language and conversation clearly relaxed and familiar. Give me a break
‘This show is so fake. None of this is possible,’ a third said.
Another wrote: ‘What an utter pile of crap, so fake. Joke’s on me for watching the entire thing.
After four years as a couple Lucy and George both agreed that they had lost the fizz in their relationship.
They risked the future of their relationship to go on dates with two other people who matched the characteristics they regard as making up the ideal partner, before finally meeting each other as if for the first time to find out whether they could fall in love all over again.
Lucy complained that their relationship was exciting at first but says: ‘When he texts me now it’s “can you pick up some milk on your way home”…
‘We need things to change, I don’t want to be one of them couples that are stuck in a rut.’
Hypnotist Aaron Calvert puts the couple under temporary amnesia hypnosis to help them forget their entire relationship
Each of them go on dates while hypnotised, they both believe they are single and ready to mingle
George said that life as a vlogger meant they weren’t always honest with their audience: ‘It’s like an addiction, it really is. It might look like we have the perfect life but actually it’s not like that all the time.
Lucy added: ‘There is quite a lot of pressure to be this perfect couple online. It creates this artificial front to the rest of the world, if we film a video it needs to come across as happy.’
Aaron explained that about thirty per cent of people are more susceptible to hypnosis, with Lucy and George making the near-perfect candidates.
He went on to ‘hide’ their memories with some simple hypnosis techniques, take away their phones, and separate them for three days so they can experience single life.
Lucy meets with two men who are both aware she is under hypnosis on their dates
Lucy met with two men who were both aware she was under hypnosis.
Explaining her single status on the dates, she said she has had several romances but nothing has stuck.
When George met with two girls who are both ‘his type’, he said he had brief dalliances with the opposite sex when he was away at university.
But when he and real-life love Lucy locked eyes, they both appeared smitten.
Aaron explains that about thirty per cent of people are more susceptible to hypnosis, with Lucy and George making the near-perfect candidates
They were asked to separately pick the person out of the three to go on a second date, but before their choice was revealed the hypnotist explained the truth.
Lucy and George both appeared confused when confronted with photos and keepsakes from their relationship, apparently unable to fathom how there is evidence when they ‘had only just met’.
Eventually the hypnotist undoes the amnesia, as Lucy reflects: ‘It’s a bit like we are falling in love all over again. It’s like we have pressed rewind.
‘It felt really good meeting him without any kind of baggage.’
Hello Stranger returns next Tuesday on Channel 4 at 10pm