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The idea of having a relationship is something probably all adults consider. I say “idea” because that is different to actually being in a relationship.
If you look at your previous relationships the best days were when all was still new and vague at the same time. It is the mystery that usually draws us in, the curiosity about the other person and how they can make us happy. That’s the effortless stage of any relationship, after that it becomes tricky which is why many TV dating shows concentrate on the early stages of dating.
Take how The Bachelor or The Bachelorette work. Good-looking people join a show to pursue a given individual’s love. It is all romantic and enticing, but as history has shown, these unions rarely work. In fact, with the death of NBA player Ryan Anderson’s The Bachelorette girlfriend, Gia Allemand, who killed herself because he said he didn’t love her anymore, it goes to show that “set up” relationships, for whatever reason, generally do not work.
Many other relationships that were incubated on TV have not gone far, yet TV producers still insist on making shows of this nature. Look at For the Love of Ray J, where US singer Ray J went on a search for love. With the show airing for two seasons with possibly more to come, it shows that Ray J is not looking for love, he is just cashing in on the little fame he still has.
Another example is the Real Chance of Love where again, two brothers have a house full of women who all campaign to sweep them off their feet. Again, it never happens.
So you have to ask why we have a new entrant, The Choice, on our screens. While it is yet another dating show using celebrities’ star power, things have been turned up a bit to differentiate it from other shows. If that will work is another story.
We meet bachelor celebrities Jason Cook, Jeremy Bloom and DJ Pauly D who are asked to sit facing away from their female pursuers. The women then say intriguing things to the guys and based on what they say, the guys pick one woman each for a date. Doesn’t that sound like a rip off of The Voice? With sprinklings of The Bachelor, too. You do not need extensive TV experience to know that the dates will not amount to much.
But it’s always about the viewers and if The Bachelor ran for an incredible 17 seasons, it means, sadly, that there’s a market for shows like this.
• The Choice premieres on September 26 at 9.30pm on Vuzu (DStv channel 116).