My latest obsession? MTV’s Are You the One?, a Real World-style dating show that drops 10 guys and 10 girls in Hawaii and asks them to work together to find the perfect matches among them. If they can successfully pair up with their predetermined soul mates, they’ll all split a million bucks.
After just two episodes, I’ve gotten deeply invested in the show, and I can’t quite explain why. If a team of matchmakers told you that only one Bachelor contestant was scientifically compatible with Juan Pablo, wouldn’t that completely change the way you watched? That’s how it feels with Are You the One?, which plays up our voyeuristic love of TV dating by promising you that, yes, 10 of these couples actually do belong together.
Or do they? The first two episodes have proven that mutual attraction (they’re all beautiful, FYI) and surface connection (“You like the movie Labyrinth? Wait, I like Labyrinth!”) don’t a perfect match make, and therein is the guilty fun of the show. It’s as if The Challenge and The Bachelor had a weird but gorgeous, chiseled baby who only cries on Tuesday nights at 11 p.m.
In my conversations with a few dear friends who have also fallen victim to the show’s puerile charms, we realized there were quite a few questions that we needed answering, so I took them straight to the producers. Read on — or, if burning questions aren’t your thing, scroll all the way down for an exclusive clip from Tuesday night’s episode. READ FULL STORY