I'm alone in a strange room, awkwardly sitting in a beanbag chair, waiting to meet a woman I've never seen before who may just be the love of my life. Can't he meet a girl the old-fashioned way, like on JDate? And my answer to you would be same as it is to her: Dating isn't easy.
After several minutes, the door to the room slowly opens. My eight years of dating in NYC are memorable, but for all the wrong reasons.
My heart racing, I quickly look up and I see nothing. There was the first date at Grimaldi's with the girl in an arm bandage because her pet bird had attacked her.
The show process started with an audition for producers where I detailed my dating life. Men and women were separated in different wings of the house and we only met the opposite sex on dates in the central dark room. Then we had a mix of free-choice dates, and dates with our expertly matched partner.
After I passed that phase, I moved on to a very long personality test. I had my doubts, but I found I was choosing to meet the same girl the experts selected for me.
And we didn't need any light to have an awesome time. And it surprised me how much more quickly I got to know all three girls in one week than anyone else I'd dated in that same amount of time.
We cooked meals, drank wine, shared personal stories and even had a chance to golf. If you want to know if I'm still dating my match, you'll have to watch the show.
But I will say that, if you get the chance to date someone's personality before their looks, it can be a nerveracking but rewarding experience.
hard already whetted the network’s appetite for hot young singles getting it on and audiences were ready for more.
What followed would become an MTV signature: scripted dating shows that favored hot (often shirtless, fit and on Spring Break) 20-somethings look for the someone to screw, not marry.
The online date I met at Serendipity 3 who used her high school prom photo for her profile picture.
The girl I had to meet at her upper West Side apartment because she barely left the house (she believed everyone stared at her because she was so hot and that made her uncomfortable). I decided to audition for the show because I obviously wasn't meeting the right girls on my own.
Everyone, including me, could easily dismiss a prospective romance based on a quick glance. I soon learned that I not only get to date all the girls on the show, but that one girl in particular was chosen to be there specifically for me, based on my personality test and the advice of compatibility experts.
Compared to that, dating someone in the dark seemed like a great option. How many times can you say you've walked into a bar knowing a girl there was specifically chosen for you? The week in the "Dating in the Dark" house was a whirlwind of "blind" dates and fun activities.