Scoop: Fox to Launch Celeb-Themed, Voice-esque Dating Show The Choice

This just in: The Voice and The Bachelor are having a baby, and they’re giving it away to Fox!

The network that brought you Joe Millionaire and The Swan has announced plans to launch The Choice, a new Cat Deeley-hosted six-episode reality series that combines elements of NBC’s hit singing competition (spinning chairs included) and ABC’s long-running dating romp.

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Set to premiere on Thursday, June 7, The Choice features the “world’s most eligible celebrities” competing to find true love among a group of sexy (and non-famous) singles… that they can’t see.

Here’s how the program works:

* Each episode begins with a “Blind Round” in which four (presumably B- or C- or D-list) bachelors — to be announced at a later date — sit in rotating chairs a la The Voice, only able to hear the voices of the “sexy singles” behind them. When the celeb likes what he hears, he pulls his “love handle,” spinning his chair around to bring him face-to-face for the first time with his potential mate. If more than one celebrity pulls the handle, they must battle it out for her affection until the bachelorette makes her choice.

* Once each bachelor has selected their potential dates, the teams enter the “Speed Choice” round, where each woman has only seconds to convince her leading man to sweep her off her feet to the final round.

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* In the final round, Deeley (who will juggle The Choice with her regular So You Think You Can Dance duties) poses a challenge question to each of the team’s final two. The celebrities must then choose between each of their two remaining eligible ladies, whisking one away on a dream date and leaving one in no man’s land.

Five of the six episodes will feature male celebs/female contestants and one will feature female celebs/male contestants.

Fox reality guru Mike Darnell tells TVLine that the celebs lined up represent “a good mix of sports stars, music stars, TV stars, reality stars,” adding that they all must be “successful, famous, very attractive and single.”

Thoughts? Does this sound so bad it’s bound to be brilliant, or so bad it’ll probably be cancelled after a week? Watch a teaser here:

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31 Comments
  1. wordsmith says:

    “Love handle”? Seriously? Please tell me they’re not calling it that…

  2. pit says:

    depends who the guys are if its like jersey shore folk. f it. if it’s ryan gosling swing

    • Lee says:

      you really think they could afford ryan gosling??
      god jersey shore will probably be a step up to the X Y & Z listers they’re gonna get
      their agents will probably see this & say i thought he died 2 years ago!!!

  3. matttucker76 says:

    Oh, Cat, you’re so much better than this.

  4. Nicole says:

    This sounds like a delightful train wreck! I’ll tune in just for laughs!

    • kim says:

      LOL – Took the word right out of my mouth…will tun in as well (for the laughs) and predict it won’t last long. Also, agree with the above comments on Cat sinking to a new “Low” for this crap….better think twice, Cat. May not want to put this on your resume — just saying ;)

  5. Tater says:

    It should be a hit I mean.. The game show “The Dating Game” was a hit for years…So adding celebs to the element can’t be a bad thing.

  6. Tiffany says:

    This sounds hilarious!

  7. misha says:

    Who cleared this show for production and thought it was a good idea??? they should be fired!

  8. smidnite says:

    Blaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!

  9. Taryn says:

    so basically this is the dating game’s degenerate crack baby?

  10. Renee says:

    And this is the kind of crap Fox wants to air. No wonder they cancelled Terra Nova. I hate Fox.

  11. ANON says:

    More reality trash!!

  12. Yo' says:

    Oh, good frief.

  13. Mary Beth says:

    This show sounds like a trainwreck in the making, bet it gets canceled after one episode.

  14. Boiler says:

    YUCK!!!!!!!!!

  15. Amanda says:

    Fox pick up let it go show staring Zachary Levi

  16. Leticia says:

    Fox please pick up let it go

  17. Liz says:

    They couldn’t justify keeping So You think You can Dance results shows but they can justify this? Why am I even surprised?

  18. mia says:

    I totally see the logic behind ended Fringe (and every other fox show of quality that’s been cancelled too early; firefly, dollhouse, etc) so that stuff like this can get made.

    Good work.

  19. Angela says:

    The only thing I know for sure is that I can’t wait to see “The Soup” tackle this. Holy crap, this sounds hilariously horrible/bizarre.
    That being said, I sure wouldn’t mind being set up with any of MY celeb crushes. Course, it wouldn’t be via a cheesy game show, and they’d have to not be married, but hey, that’s what dreams are for :p.

  20. Evan says:

    I’m calling it now. One of the male celeb contestants will end up being Johnny Fairplay.

    And another one is going to be Eric Nies.

  21. Kalee says:

    This sounds terrible.

    Cat Deeley deserves better than this, Fox.