But will the mostly fun times they have in the dark endure after each is spotlighted for the other to see? Instead, participants are told to show up on a veranda if they want to continue seeing each other.
The show process started with an audition for producers where I detailed my dating life. Men and women were separated in different wings of the house and we only met the opposite sex on dates in the central dark room. Then we had a mix of free-choice dates, and dates with our expertly matched partner.
After I passed that phase, I moved on to a very long personality test. I had my doubts, but I found I was choosing to meet the same girl the experts selected for me.
The online date I met at Serendipity 3 who used her high school prom photo for her profile picture.
The girl I had to meet at her upper West Side apartment because she barely left the house (she believed everyone stared at her because she was so hot and that made her uncomfortable). I decided to audition for the show because I obviously wasn't meeting the right girls on my own.
Everyone, including me, could easily dismiss a prospective romance based on a quick glance. I soon learned that I not only get to date all the girls on the show, but that one girl in particular was chosen to be there specifically for me, based on my personality test and the advice of compatibility experts.
Compared to that, dating someone in the dark seemed like a great option. How many times can you say you've walked into a bar knowing a girl there was specifically chosen for you? The week in the "Dating in the Dark" house was a whirlwind of "blind" dates and fun activities.There's no prize money, no lovely parting gifts, not even a year's supply of Rice-A-Roni. Christina, 28, a marketing manager, exclaims, "Oops, he's got pit stains" after whiffing Seth's shirt.Stephen takes it to the next level when he's later in the dark with Christina. Allister, a 29-year-old bloke from Britain, is a deejay with a sob story.And if you believe that, then here's another one: Pauly Shore will be cast as Hamlet in a new feature film adaptation from director Steven Spielberg.Everyone eventually is paired with their "compatibility matches," as determined by questionnaires and computers.A fair bit of kissing/making out (often during the dark-encounter scenes that are viewed via infrared camera) and sexual innuendo.