Can two people fall in love without ever setting eyes on each other?
That’s the question posed by Love is Blind, the new reality dating show on Netflix which brings 30 men and women together in a dystopian speed dating set up where they meet, spend time together, share their innermost secrets, pair up, and then get engaged — all without ever laying eyes on each other. All the dating happens while they sit in posh isolation pods and communicate with each other through an opaque wall. Once one proposes, they meet, spend time together, and then head for the altar to find out if they are in fact, ready to spend the rest of their lives together as a couple (via The Guardian).
While Love is Blind hosts Nick and Vanessa Lachey like to remind viewers that the show is a dating experiment, what fans really want to know is whether the show is real reality TV, that is — is any part of it scripted? And one participant’s sister has volunteered to answer on behalf of her brother to say no, none of it was scripted and everything we see is real (via Life and Style).
In fact, Love is Blind was so real that one producer says they didn’t expect the show’s outcomes.
No one could predict the outcomes of Love is Blind
“The truth is, for these people, when they walked in, they didn’t really know what they were walking into,” series creator Chris Coelen tells Entertainment Weekly. “They knew the general idea, but then they walked in and would say, ‘I didn’t expect this to actually happen. I thought it’d be fun. I’m going on a show and yeah, maybe I’ll find somebody that I like, but I never expected to fall in love deeper than I’ve ever fallen in love.’ That’s what we heard over and over.”
“We had actually more success on this show, from that standpoint, than we were even able to document. As a producer I was kind of nervous like, is anybody actually gonna get engaged? Is anyone going to make it to the altar? And, in the end, we actually had more couples get engaged than we were able to follow on the show,” Coelen says.
Eight couples eventually got engaged, which might prove that love, under the right circumstances, is blind, and doesn’t have to be staged. But whether that love can last is another story altogether.
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