Do you find Prince Harry to be an attractive, eligible bachelor? Would you jump at the chance to date him, and perhaps even have a shot at a royal wedding of your very own? Have I ever got some great news for you, then: an upcoming Fox reality show titled I Wanna Marry "Harry" gives 12 American women a shot at true love with the world's favorite ginger-haired rapscallion.
It sounds exciting, doesn't it? Just imagine living at the palatial Englefield House in Berkshire while vying for "Harry's" attention as the cameras capture all the magical moments for the world to see ... gosh, it's every little girl's princess fantasy come true! Except mayyyyyyybe for the crushing humiliation of finding out why the show puts quotation marks around Prince Harry's name.
Yeah, it turns out "Harry" is actually Matthew Hicks, an non-royal British dude who happens to bear an eerie resemblance to the prince. I mean, just look at this guy:
He was reportedly made over to look even more like Harry than he naturally does in order to deceive a bunch of women who are likely about to look like complete fools on national television. Here's the show description for you to cringe over:
Summer love is in the air, as an average English 'bloke' is given the royal treatment and an upper crust makeover before meeting 12 single American women searching for Prince Charming. Will he be able to convince them he’s regal? And if he does, will they fall for the crown, or fall in love with the real him? Join 'Harry' as he courts each of the ladies, taking them on romantic dates worthy of a princess and trying to make some version of their fairy tales come true.
If this is sounding similar to another not-so-honest dating show, it was in fact ordered by the same executive who introduced 2003’s Joe Millionaire to the channel. (Something tells me that guy has some personal issues with gold diggers.)
I Wanna Marry "Harry" is a Ryan Seacrest production, and it was greenlighted last August under the title Dream Date. Details about the show were kept hush-hush for reasons which are now painfully obvious.
I don't even know what to say about this show, other than this should be every young woman's cautionary tale about reality TV. If it sounds too good to be true, HELLO ARE YOU SERIOUSLY SO STUPID YOU THINK PRINCE HARRY WOULD DO A DATING SHOW OH MY GOD YOU DESERVE EVERY HORRIFYING MOMENT OF EMBARRASSMENT THAT UNRAVELS ONSCREEN ahem perhaps rethink your decision?
"Harry" is set to premiere Tuesday, May 27. What do you think, will you watch this trainwreck?
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