Are You The One’s pansexual contestants a Reality TV first
In this dating contest, an entire dating show cast doesn't care about gender at all.
MTV dating series Are You The One?, which premiered in Australia on MTV last week, is the eighth season in the show and the first to cast pansexual contestants.
A person who is pansexual can be attracted to people of any gender or regardless of their gender. Some pansexual people may say that, when it comes to attraction, they don’t see gender or they find it irrelevant. –Dictionary.com
Hosted by Terrence J., this marks the first sexually fluid reality dating competition show in the United States.
According to Variety: As a reality show without a script and an all-queer cast who innately understand each other’s experiences, this all-pansexual season of Are You The One? has shaken up reality TV’s typical storylines in welcome new ways. The house’s resident playboy, a lothario stereotype typical of most dating show, is a transmasculine nonbinary person who gets so overwhelmed by people being attracted to him post-transition that he keeps forgetting to consider their actual feelings when floating from one to the next. …..For queer people who have had to watch TV fumble LGBTQ representation for so long, watching a show blast past the basics into advanced melodrama territory comes as a surprisingly powerful relief.
But it is still a competition dating show, with 16 singles in Hawaii hoping to finding their “perfect match” and splitting a $1 million cash prize.
MTV has previously screened bisexual dating show A Shot at Love, while Pay TV has also served up The Bi Life. Seven’s The Proposal will also feature bisexual participants in an upcoming episode.
Are You The One? airs 3pm Mondays on MTV.