Seven has announced a new dating show First Dates based on a UK series of the same name.
The blind dating series is in addition to the previously-announced Kiss Bang Love and a casting notice for Relationship Rescue.
First Dates sees people on blind dates in a restaurant who have been brought together according to their likes and dislikes and matched by a resident psychologist / relationship expert.
According to Seven’s release, “They’ve turned their backs on online dating in the hope of meeting someone special face-to-face, and they’ll meet their potential love match for the very first time in the restaurant. Cameras controlled remotely record the date from start to finish – from first impressions, through all the awkward, heart-warming and funny moments, to the end of the meal and the discussion about whether or not a second date is on the cards.”
While it does include some fixed-rig cameras, participants have all been interviewed and are aware of the process they are embarking on.
“First Dates allows us to observe human behaviour in its purest form. This is a series about people’s lives, their stories, the diversity of a country – these factors are played out through the prism of dating and the universal feeling of wanting to love and be loved. The series is warm, kind and generous, and served with a good dollop of humour,” says Seven.
Seven has confirmed the series is also open to same-sex couples, but yet to confirm if any will appear.
In the UK series, participants who luck out will ask the viewing public to put themselves forward as their potential next date -and to appear in a future episode.
First Dates is produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia which is also producing the upcoming Bachelor franchise for TEN.