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

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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:



Comments (31)

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

    Comment by wordsmith – May 2, 2012 05:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ^ This!

      Comment by L – May 2, 2012 06:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • wouldn’t waste a minute watching this nonsense!

      Comment by sfbsailor – May 4, 2012 03:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • depends who the guys are if its like jersey shore folk. f it. if it’s ryan gosling swing

    Comment by pit – May 2, 2012 05:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!!!

      Comment by Lee – May 3, 2012 09:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, Cat, you’re so much better than this.

    Comment by matttucker76 – May 2, 2012 05:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • that’s what I was going to say!! Cat is wayyy better than this nonsense!

      Comment by Maggie – May 2, 2012 05:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You realize that this is probably just a job to fill the gap between seasons of So You Think You Can Dance, right?

        Comment by Matt – May 2, 2012 05:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • She needs to get away from this crap ASAP; or she’ll start to sink.

        Comment by smidnite – May 2, 2012 10:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. I can’t believe Cat is hosting what sounds like a ridiculously awful program.

      Comment by CAM – May 3, 2012 07:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds like a delightful train wreck! I’ll tune in just for laughs!

    Comment by Nicole – May 2, 2012 05:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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 ;)

      Comment by kim – May 3, 2012 09:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Tater – May 2, 2012 05:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds hilarious!

    Comment by Tiffany – May 2, 2012 05:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Who cleared this show for production and thought it was a good idea??? they should be fired!

    Comment by misha – May 2, 2012 05:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Blaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!

    Comment by smidnite – May 2, 2012 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • so basically this is the dating game’s degenerate crack baby?

    Comment by Taryn – May 2, 2012 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And this is the kind of crap Fox wants to air. No wonder they cancelled Terra Nova. I hate Fox.

    Comment by Renee – May 2, 2012 07:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • More reality trash!!

    Comment by ANON – May 2, 2012 07:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, good frief.

    Comment by Yo' – May 2, 2012 07:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show sounds like a trainwreck in the making, bet it gets canceled after one episode.

    Comment by Mary Beth – May 2, 2012 07:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YUCK!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Boiler – May 2, 2012 07:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, it is “Who Wants To Marry A Multi-Millionaire” all over again isn’t it??!

      Comment by Mary Beth – May 2, 2012 07:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fox pick up let it go show staring Zachary Levi

    Comment by Amanda – May 2, 2012 07:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fox please pick up let it go

    Comment by Leticia – May 2, 2012 07:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They couldn’t justify keeping So You think You can Dance results shows but they can justify this? Why am I even surprised?

    Comment by Liz – May 2, 2012 07:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by mia – May 2, 2012 08:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m losing faith in Fox.

      Comment by smidnite – May 2, 2012 10:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Angela – May 3, 2012 01:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Evan – May 3, 2012 02:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds terrible.

    Cat Deeley deserves better than this, Fox.

    Comment by Kalee – May 3, 2012 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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