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MTV's Are You The One

The Cast of MTV's Are You The One?
*sigh* As if we don't have enough dating reality shows already. First we have The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Mamas Boys and now MTV brings us Are you the One? And that's not all. There are more than 100 shows about dating competitions. Isn't it odd? Check the full list here

What is it with these dating type shows? Surely we should all know by now that they do not work. Hardly anyone chosen by the bachelor(ette) ever gets hitched with them, so why even bother? The answer? Ratings. 

One can't deny that these shows are ratings monsters, but after a while, it gets really boring. They are just there for the shock factor and honestly, we are bored with them. But MTV realises that there is a market for these type of shows and so they've jumped on the bandwagon, even if it's different. Peep the video below and the press release to see what it's about. If you like the trailer, then tune in on Thursday, 30 January at 8.30pm 

*** Press Release***

MTV (DStv Channel 130) will conduct a social experiment on modern love with the new series Are You the One? – helping 10 women and 10 men find their perfect match. These hopeful romantics participated in a rigorous matchmaking process using a unique dating algorithm created to help quantify compatibility. The result? Recommended matches for the 20 singles with the goal of meeting the perfect partner. Using this technology, 10 ideal pairs have been identified and will ultimately come face-to-face with their true match – the catch is that the results were kept a secret from the singles. Throughout the course of the season, each of the potential lovers must uncover the mystery of their soul mate’s identity.

Are You the One? will select 10 single women and 10 single men who have had no luck in finding lasting love and will first conduct a thorough assessment, using a team of professional matchmakers, psychologists, and the participant’s family, friends and exes, to determine their other half. The process will include in-depth interviews, questionnaires and compatibility testing to achieve the ultimate results. Produced on the picturesque island of Kauai, Hawaii, the 20 singles chosen will live together knowing that their perfect match may be in the room right next to them. Viewers will be able to follow the ups and downs as each person gets potentially one step closer to finding romantic bliss, and their reactions can be as surprising as their choices.

In addition to getting to know one another socially, the 20 singles will undergo weekly tests of physical attraction, personality traits, relationship history assessments and more. During the quest to pick their match, the singles discover that following their heart might feel right, but if the data does not make a match they have to start their search over, leaving budding relationships behind causing tension and despair. At the end of each week, the 20 potential lovers will scramble to find who they believe is their perfect match. If all 10 couples match up with their pre-determined partners within 10 attempts, they will share the largest cash reward MTV has ever offered and more importantly, will walk away with a prized romance.

How are these shows so popular? But then we won't judge. We also have our guilty pleasures and we don't want anyone judging us for them. 

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