[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ancying a pop star, football player or maybe even the odd dishy politician is nothing new. But harnessing cutting edge facial mapping tech, which identifies local singles resembling your idea of pin-up perfection, certainly is.

Badoo is a wildly popular London-based dating app that doesn’t have the nudge-nudge notoriety of a Tinder or Grindr, yet has been quietly racking up serious user numbers for years.

Badoo has 368m users for you to choose from for a date. Phew! Photo: Badoo

The latest twist in their never-ending quest for matchmaking innovation is this celeb lookalike function. The world’s most popular famous faces all already have a Badoo profile page, filled with doppelgangers of various degrees of believability. There is, somewhat inevitably, a bit of a sliding scale of actual likeness.

But those of you who believe that deciding upon a potential life partner shouldn’t be reduced to a split-second decision on an over-posed photo might want to reconsider. The lookie-likey tech is actually a rather nifty way of refining and improving on the more traditional lists and preferences, especially as Badoo has an eye-popping 366 million users for you to connect with.

Find your very own Bieber or Watson living nearby. Photo: Badoo

As one of the first dating apps to develop ways to verify users photos are up to date, Badoo also recently debuted a video function, which also makes perfect sense, allowing verified users to date-before-the-date to see if meeting up will be worth the cost of a drink.

With all the usual location filters too, Londoners now have a serious arsenal of dating tools at their fingertips, far beyond just the ubiquitous swipe. And if that means you end up with a partner on your arm who looks like your pop star crush, well, it really does sound like the stuff of wild dreams. And sci-fi movies too.

[box]Sign up for Badoo for free in a few seconds here. Badoo is based in London, but also operates in 190 other countries and is available in 47 different languages. [/box]

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