Let’s face it, dating shows can be entertaining. Some of you may tell your friends they are nothing but trash, but I bet you race home after work just so you can find out who each contestant is. I have 🙂 You analyse their hair, their clothes even how they introduce themselves… we can’t help ourselves. There is simply something undeniably amusing about watching people make complete fools of themselves. Some of the contestants might participate with the best of intentions, but once under the spot light, putting their foot in their mouth seems inevitable.
From Married at First Sight, Farmer Wants a Wife, First Dates to Kiss Bang Love, all across Australia viewers have fallen in love with some of the most interesting and entertaining couples. In the race to be the most outrageous, some of these shows have gone above and beyond in their bid for ratings. Whether it is the concept itself or in the people the shows producers have picked, falling in love has never been so captivating. Despite Aussie networks and their outrageous ideas, nothing can compare to what has been taking place overseas.
For those of you who think it doesn’t get more outrageous than walking down the aisle and marrying someone you have never met, I thought I would make a list of some of the most bizarre dating shows being broadcast for millions to see around the world. Trust me, there was no shortage of material! 🙂 Check out my list below, counting down to the number 1 most bizarre dating show.
10. Conveyor Belt of Love – U.S
Conveyor Belt of Love was a tv show in which five women check out thirty men on a conveyor belt. Yes, a conveyor belt! A process line of testosterone 😉 The belt stops for sixty seconds to enable the guys to make their cases – or beg! If two girls pick the same guy, he gets to choose. Talk about a flip of the coin. In the end, each girl gets a guy…. awww 😉 The show then follows the women on a date with the man they chose.
9.Parental Control – U.S
In the case of Parental Control, it is the parents who interview and select prospective partners for their child. Bizarre! And to make it even more interesting, the son or daughter is already in a relationship! After the parents have chosen two “suitable” partners, their child goes on a date with each of them. During each date, the parents and the current partner watch and judge each contestant – this all occurs on tv in front of millions of people. When the dates are finished, the child selects a new partner from amongst the competitors. Then the child chooses between the competitor and their current partner. The whole process often results in unpleasant behaviour, which makes for great viewing.
8. Sexy Beasts – U.K
Sexy Beasts was – I repeat was – an outrageous show aired during 2014. The show featured people being transformed with Hollywood Prosthetic makeup into animal and mythical creatures. Yeah, like someone out their has a secret alien fetish – yikes! The show’s format involves a eligible single guy or girl and three possible suitors. All four have been made over with Prosthetic makeup. Each “sexy beast” will then go on a date with the singleton. Over the course of the show, two will be eliminated, at which point their make up is removed and their real identity is revealed for the first time. The remaining person is then chosen as the winner.
7. Mommas Boyz – U.S
Just like Sexy Beasts, Momma’s Boyz only aired for one season in 2008. The show centred on a group of mums who felt it was their duty to help choose the perfect woman for their complacent sons. Hmmm, interfering mums with a heart of gold – I don’t think so 🙂 Just to keep things a little more interesting, the boys mothers all lived in the same house as the women. They had “fun” spying on the contestants while influencing their son’s decisions. ‘Smothering’ doesn’t even come close to this gameplay.
6. Date My Mom – U.S
Date My Mom aired on MTV from 2004 to 2006. The concept was similar to Mommas Boyz. An 18 to 24-year-old guy or girl would go on three separate dates with three moms, who try to convince them to pick their son or daughter. The dates are varied and are occasionally geared towards the dater’s interests, and at the end of each date the mother reports back to the child. The date only meets the mother and makes his or her decision solely on their impression of the mother and her descriptions of her child. Weird!!
5. The Love Machine – UK
The Love Machine is a dating show which started out with 8 different people standing in ‘pods’ in the Love Machine. Yes, you read that corruptly – pods! The host would introduce the ‘picker’ who would then provide some information about themselves . After the introductions are completed the Love Machine would spin selecting one random pod from the available 8. The dizzy contestant would throw up as a result from being spun around so much – just joking 😉 The person in the selected pod would be lit up so that their facial features and clothes are clearly visible. No vomit – tick. The picker then has to decide whether they like the look and dress sense of the selected person, this sometimes involves audience participation.
4. Extreme Dating – U.S
Extreme Dating is a show that paired two people (one man and one woman) on a blind date. The couples were chaperoned on the date, not by the host of the show, not by a friend but by the persons ex’s! They talked to the other person via an earpiece, feeding hints for conversation topics and comments on the date itself. At the end of the date, one person waited for a limousine. If the other person was in the car, the couple got a second date paid for by the show. If the person’s ex-partners were in the car, the ex-partners themselves won a prize. You would want to be good friends with your ex!
3. Adam zkt Eve – Holland
Adam zkt Eve, which roughly translates to Adam Looking For Eve, is the Dutch version of the dating game – Dating Naked. I guess you have already figured out what goes on 😉 Two contestants go on an awkward date while wearing nothing – not even a g-string or a strategically placed palm leaf! To add to the drama, a third person is introduced halfway through the episode to spice things up. How could you spice things up? They are bare assed naked!! 🙂 The difference between this show and the American version is big! – like real big!! Due to the Netherlands’ lax TV restrictions, the entire program is uncensored. You get to see everything 😉
2. The Littlest Groom
The Littlest Groom was a reality miniseries that aired for two episodes in 2004. Modelled on The Bachelor, the miniseries was similar to that of most other dating shows, but with one twist: the eligible bachelor, salesman Glen Foster, was only 4 ft. 5 in. The show initially included a group of women of equal size, but then Fox shook up the game by adding 12 “average” size contestants to the mix. Foster ended up picking 4-ft. 3-in. Low ratings and an inevitable controversy ensured that this show wouldn’t be back shortly.
1. Dating Naked – U.S
Dating Naked is an American reality dating game show which debuted in July 2014. Just like the Holland version, The show matches up several heterosexual contestants who are routinely switched with other contestants and while naked. Well naked most of the time. Because of broadcasting regulations, the genitals of both sexes were blurred, all viewers got to see was the occasional butt cheek 🙂 The host for the first two seasons was clothed, I guess it was to make the contestants feel just that little more exposed 🙂 There was some controversy in 2014 when a contestant sued the network for failing to blur out her girly bits. I bet the ratings were “up” that day 😉
If you can you think of a dating show that should have been on this list, simply leave a comment and let me know 🙂
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