Dating app's feature lets you go out with people who look like your celebrity crush

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A dating app is offering people the chance to meet lookalikes of their favourite celebrities thanks to new facial recognition technology.

Through the app, called Badoo, singletons can choose any well-known star they fancy – or even upload a picture of a non-famous person who they know – to find doppelgangers nearby.

The dating company said the new feature would enable people’s celebrity wish lists to “become a reality”.

Londoners can also be put in touch with people who resemble their secret real-life crushes in a bid to cure unrequited love or recreate their childhood sweetheart. 

People can even upload a picture of their own face to see others who look like them.


The app uses facial recognition technology. (Badoo)

According to the app, people in the UK’s most searched for celebrity lookalike is actor Robert Pattinson, followed by model Cara Delevingne and presenter Fearne Cotton.

Also popular choices for people in Britain are Kate Moss, Davina McCall, Emilia Clarke, Naomi Campbell, Laura Whitmore and Jourdan Dunn.

Across the rest of the world, Donald Trump is surprisingly the 10th most searched-for celebrity while Kim Kardashian ranks at number one followed by Emma Stone, Beyonce and Selena Gomez.

The app has 833 matches for Holly Willoughby in the UK, 823 for Poldark’s Aiden Turner, 320 for David Gandy and even 1,443 for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. 

Andrey Andreev, the CEO of Badoo, said: “We pride ourselves on listening to our millions of users around the world. 

“We regularly hear that they love new, simple and fun ways to make better connections with a potential match. Badoo Lookalikes is already proving to be just that.”

Actor Idris Elba has 751 matches in the UK, tennis champion Andy Murray has 868 lookalikes while Boris Johnson has more than 650.

In recent years dating apps such as Tinder, Bumble and Happn have proved massively popular with people.

For daters looking to meet an actual celebrity, app Raya has been termed the “illuminati Tinder” with celebrities including Cara Delevingne, Ruby Rose and Elijah Wood all reported to be members.

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