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Dating In The Dark – Interesting Concept, Entertaining Show

Laura Dundovic Laura Dundovic arrives for the Myer Sydney Confidential Ladies Day as part of the Golden Slipper Racing Carnival at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on March 21, 2009 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Laura Dundovic

Just when you thought all the reality shows were finishing for the year, one Australian series is premiering tonight (Wednesday) on Fox 8, and it is highly entertaining.

Dating In The Dark is a match making show where the contestants don’t get to see the potential perfect match until they have “dated” a few times. If I was going to go all high end on you I could call it an interesting social experiment, but thankfully there is still enough low rent aspects to the show to keep it entertaining.

The potential love matches have a few dates in the dark where they chat, drink and do something physical like massage or dancing. Then there is the big reveal where they get to see their chosen one lit up for a few seconds.

Anyone who has watched the US version of the show will know that some “true loves” are dumped once they don’t meet with their person physical ideal. Hopefully the Australian participants won’t be quite so superficial.

Thankfully the casting in episode one means most all of the contestants have something that is attractive about them, though one guy, Jesse, did look a little strange when filmed in the dark room.

The other guys were Jimmy claimed he was a half virgin (I was to afraid to google that to see what it meant), and JP was a bit of a ladies man.

The girls were 19 year old Raelene who likes a bit of a drink, Kahli a 21 year old who doesn’t like people thinking she is a bimbo, and Ashleigh whose height makes it difficult to find a guy.

At times it was cringeworthy eavesdropping on self conscious first dates of 19 year old. This was one of the down sides of this episode is the participants were very young. Hopefully each episode will have varying ages of contestants.

Laura Dundovic, for Miss Universe Australia, hosts it, and she is natural on camera and ensures the show is about the dating not about her.

Definitely entertaining and well edited reality show, and Β worth a look. What I would like to know is how many of the couples actually continue to date in “real life”.

Dating In The Dark premieres on Fox 8, Wednesday December 1 at 7.30pm.

And yes I will be doing recaps.

7 comments

1 TMC { 12.01.10 at 11:58 am }

will it have a sister show called Rooting under the spotlight

2 seepi { 12.01.10 at 5:33 pm }

half virgin??
– had sex but can’t remember it?

3 KC { 12.01.10 at 11:28 pm }

Seriously I kept saying it was a good show and I’m glad you agree πŸ˜€ I really liked the American version and I’m pretty sure the Aus version, the people on it will just be as shallow. But that’s not the good part. Its the whole, OMG I think this person is my soulmate and they see them and then they’re like…okay no. Its good but I wish it was on free-to-air tv

4 Thankfully Foxtel Hasn’t Gone On Holidays | reality ravings { 12.04.10 at 11:12 pm }

[…] week Foxtel started to new reality shows. Dating in the Dark on Fox 8 (see review on it here) and Freshwater Blue on […]

5 Kurt Bennett { 12.08.10 at 8:56 pm }

I’d like to be a Contestant on Dating in the Dark Australia! I’m Male, Aussie, good looking, Leo, athletic, tatts, live in Sydney @ a gsoh! Please inform me as to how I apply? Thanks! Kurt 0405 567 905

6 Reality Raver { 12.08.10 at 9:06 pm }

Ring Shine Australia as I think they make the show.

7 ian norman { 12.21.10 at 8:28 pm }

I want to no that survivor is come on Foxtel in Australia next few years.