Have you noticed the increasing number of reality shows focused on dating and relationships?
Perhaps I am more aware of this due to the fact I am in the business of matchmaking, but given the substantial number of shows, it’s pretty evident viewers remain extremely interested in this topic.  Back in 1965, Chuck Barris launched The Dating Game, which rose in popularity and featured many bachelors and bachelorettes who later became Hollywood stars. Andy Cohen hosts a remake of Love Connection, which originally aired from 1983 to 1994 with Chuck Woolery as host. Of course, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are still going strong and have led to spinoffs, such as Bachelor in Paradise. Then there’s Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire? (who doesn’t want to marry a multimillionaire?).
A couple of weeks ago, the producers of The Bachelor unveiled a show called The Proposal. It is downright ridiculous, unrealistic and outlandish — but I couldn’t look away. The single person is hidden behind a wall and gets to watch a dozen or so potential spouses parade around in bathing suits and evening gowns/tuxedos and answer pageant-like questions in a bid to impress the potential mate enough to get to propose to them at the end of the hour. As bizarre as this sounds, I can’t say for certain the wedding won’t happen or the marriage won’t work as there are so many stories to prove me wrong.
In this day and age, though, it seems somewhat desperate to resort to this.
I enjoy watching Love Connection as there is a man/woman who goes on three dates, then decides which of the three he/she will continue to see. It is fun as a viewer to see the kind of chemistry these dates have and guess who will get picked. Participants rate their date based on first impression and it is a little unnerving to see someone label another a 3/10 on looks alone.
Then I started to notice something strange. On several occasions, the person who received the lowest rating on first impression ended up getting picked as the top choice over their fellow competitors, who pulled in a 9/10 or 10/10 on looks. When asked to explain this, they said as soon as they met and started chatting on their date, the 3/10 suddenly seemed more like a 10/10 as they were fun, charming and outgoing. This is exactly what I have been saying for so long. Maybe now that Andy Cohen says it, people will start to believe it.
Ellen Degeneres and Drew Barrymore partnered up on a spinoff from the UK series First Dates and it is set in Chicago and the Gastown area of Vancouver. The show allows the viewer to be a fly on the wall in a sort of hidden camera approach, in which we watch the date unfold. Singles from across Canada and the U.S. can apply to be on the show.  Participants allow the producers/matchmakers to select a date for them, so truly is a blind date. While this can be daunting for the two people on the date, it is entertaining for viewers, who get to sit back and watch it all transpire. The best part of the show is that participants are willing and open to possibilities.
With so many people flocking to apply to be on these shows and viewers setting their PVRs, it is obvious people still believe in true love and romance.
This week, I am giving a $50 Save-On-Foods gift certificate to someone who wants to trust me and let me set them up on a blind date. No photos, just trust. Besides, you might meet your soul mate. If not, you can take advantage of Darrel’s Deals next week.
If you are single and happy between the ages of 27 and 87, contact me via email at holmes@wheretheheartis.ca.