People who have appeared on dating shows (naked attraction, first dates), what’s it like behind the cameras?

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Had a non-actor friend on MTVs “Next” in the early 00’s as one of the three suitors on the bus. I watched the episode and the banter didn’t sound like him at all. I asked and he said “every single word out of my mouth was scripted”.


A friend was on the Irish First Dates. She said everything took ages. They had to get there early and wait for hours to be called, they were told to take a toilet break during the date so they could be filmed phoning someone, this took a long time as they had to change microphones, afterwards they had to wait around to be filmed talking about the date. They were given €20 towards the meal and had to pay the rest themselves. The taxi afterwards is just for filming purposes and drops them off round the corner, they have to make their own way home.


I did a car dating show when I was an actor in LA. It was fun and we did a lot of fun trivia games and such. After 2 hours they took me aside and asked if I was in love with the girl. I honestly said that I wasn’t but I’d be happy to be friends. For a long time I couldn’t figure out why they wouldn’t use my episode because I thought it was really funny. Turns out they only use the episodes where people actually fall in love with each other in 2 hours. That’s a little fast for me. Edit: Now I remember it’s called Third Wheel it was a blind date show. Seriously it was fun, just to soon for love.


I was an actor in the 90s/00s. Our agency supplied actors to dating shows. We had three people pretending to be in a love triangle, being sad and emotional and angry and whatever, and we watched a recording of it in our classes, including the three in question, laughing at the sheer… well, falsehood of it all. It was basically improv. I actually didn’t know until then that the contestants were faked. I guess real people do apply, so perhaps they use a mixture of real applicants and stooges to pad out other episodes.


A girl I went to high school with was on Married At First Sight, and she said it was mostly scripted and edited to make her look super bad because people ‘love the drama.’ Except, I couldn’t tell it was edited. That’s just how she was. Anyway, she’s engaged again. So it obviously didn’t make her look too bad.