Which is really just so much nicer than ‘f*ck, kill or marry’, no?
If you were ever into TV show dating (I was, obviously), you’ll remember iconic programs like ABC’s The Dating Game and MTV’s Singled Out and probably even enjoy seeing trashy women battle for the affection of a rich loser on modern-day shows like The Bachelor. Conversely, you probably pity poor Bachelorette Ashley Hebert, since most of the men on her particular program are using her to become famous. Whoopee! However, If you’re legitimately looking for love, hey, you’ll do whatever gets the job done, right? Which is why I’m happy to hear about the new Iowa City, IA TV program, Dump, Kiss or Date. Not only is it unique, but because it’s public access, the contestants surely can’t be using one another to become stars. I hope. Because otherwise that would just be sad.
Although it looks like DKD may have stolen its general premise from The Dating Game (it’s public access — can anyone fault them?) — three guys duke it out to go on a date with a female contestant — its content is pretty cool, and reminds me of the classic game college co-eds play when they’re really bored or getting really drunk and want a good laugh.
“We really wanted to try something different,” said Jared Sandersfeld, a producer, web designer, and workshop instructor for the Iowa City Public Access station. “I’ve liked the idea of doing a dating show or a reality show for a long time. We’ve talked about it in the past, and this summer we decided to roll with some fun, new, interesting shows.”
If you’re still confused, or were living under a rock at college, “F*ck, Kill or Marry” involves your friends either selecting three guys that you know or three celebrities and giving you the choice of which you’d put in each category. For example, if someone suggested Tom Cruise, Robert Pattinson and True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard as my three options, I’d kill TC, marry R-Patz and do the nasty with Alex S. Although you’re supposed to cite your reasons, I’m not going to. So there.
On Dump, Kiss or Date, the gal in question doesn’t get to choose her three options, and she actually gets to go out with one of them (whether that’s a good thing or not remains to be seen). For example, blindfolded bachelorette Katrin Fischer dumped contestant no. 3, Nikki Kusiak, for his love of rapping and almonds. Which means she’d probably kick Justin Bieber out of bed, too. Wait — that is so, so wrong on so many levels…
I digress. The second round includes “feats of strength” like marshmallow-eating, self-portrait drawing, Ping-Pong ball catching and doing pushups and “confessions of love” like whether or not they’ve cheated on a girlfriend and what iPhone app they’d be. The bachelorette then chooses one guy to kiss and one guy to go on a date with, which is filmed by the station’s cameramen. Everyone’s a winner!
“It’s not as much about meeting your match and finding a person to be in a serious relationship with,” Sandersfeld told the Daily Iowan. “It’s just something that’s fun to do.”
Unless you’re Tom Cruise or Nikki Kusiak, that is…