Combine 'The Bachelor' & 'The Voice' for a Brand New Cheesy Celebrity Dating Show (VIDEO)

TV networks don't seem to be doing much better than movie studios these days in terms of putting out original content, but if you're a fan of The Voice or The Bachelor, great news! Someone at Fox apparently decided these shows are two great tastes that would taste great together.

Introducing The Choice, a dating show that's set to debut on Thursday, June 7. I'll tell you what it's all about, but first you have to enjoy Fox's hilarious teaser for the show: "Four Celebrities. Blind Auditions. Spinning Chairs. But it’s not what you think ...”

Oh, so it's not a cheesy mashup of a proven reality show concepts? Because hello, that's what everyone is thinking, Fox. 


The Choice's formatting mostly closely copies The Voice, right down the to oh-so-clever show name, which I'm sure has nothing to do with Fox's dwindling American Idol ratings and subsequent desire to siphon off viewers from other singing competitions.

The show will feature "the world's most eligible" celebrity bachelors (no word from the network yet on who these Prince Charmings might be, although they are supposedly washed up desperate famewhores "famous, successful, very attractive, and single"), competing to find true love among a group of women they can't see.

Here's the short video teaser:

And here's the official show description from Fox:

Filmed in front of a live audience, each episode begins with four of the world’s most eligible bachelors sitting in rotating chairs, turning their backs on love and unable to see the sexy singles looking for a date with fame. In this initial “Blind Round,” each celebrity can only use his suitors’ voices — as they share information about their life, passions, turn-ons and turn-offs — to help himself make THE CHOICE. When the celebrity bachelor likes what he hears, he pulls his “love handle,” spinning his chair around to bring him face-to-face for the first time with his potential mate. If more than one celebrity pulls the handle, they must battle it out for her affection until the sexy single gets THE CHOICE to pick whose dating pool she wants to swim in.

HE PULLS HIS LOVE HANDLE. Seriously? I'm dying over here, Fox.

So it's kind of like The Dating Game set to The Voice's format with a Bachelor vibe going on, and according to Fox's reality TV guru Mike Darnell (the mastermind behind amazing cultural contributions such as Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?, My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance, and Temptation Island), The Choice will be focused on picking and elimination—the date itself is "relatively insignificant" to the show.

The thing that makes me really, really sad about The Choice? It's not that it represents the seemingly unstoppable shift away from original programming. It's not that it's a corny combination of a bunch of existing shows. It's not even the egregious use of the term "love handle," because actually, that's pretty funny.

It's that the awesome, incomparable Cat Deeley is hosting this mess. What a waste of her impressively charming TV talents, although maybe she'll save The Choice from total suckdom. Actually, her presence adds yet another familiar element: So You Think You Can Capitalize On Like 5 Different Reality Competitions.

What do you think of The Choice? Will you be checking it out when it airs?

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