TV GUIDE

RE­VIEW: X DATE NIGHT

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page - with LEAH AN­DER­SON-BYRNE

GRAB a drink, fluff your pil­lows and pre­pare to watch 11 sin­gles put their love life in the hands of their friends in the new tele­vi­sion pro­gram, Date Night.

De­scribed as the ‘fu­ture of dat­ing’ the pro­gram gives 11 Aussie sin­gles and their friends a chance to swipe through dat­ing pro­files and find a match, all while sit­ting com­fort­ably on the couch. It makes dat­ing look easy. The pro­gram could be de­scribed as a Tin­der/Gog­gle­box hy­brid, with the ‘Daters’ judg- ing their po­ten­tial matches and be­ing equally judged by oth­ers.

This sys­tem is to­tally su­per­fi­cial with the ini­tial meet­ing of your fu­ture date founded on a few well-cho­sen pic­tures and a po­ten­tially mis­lead­ing au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

But if you’re in the mood to watch yet an­other pro­gram about find­ing love on live tele­vi­sion, this is the show for you.

Sim­i­lar to the con­cepts of The Bach­e­lor, Mar­ried at First Sight and Farmer Wants a Wife, these con­tes­tants dive head first into find­ing ‘the one’ while the whole of Aus­tralia rides along with the ups and downs and scripted drama of the show.

You have to won­der why some in­di­vid­u­als can’t pos­si­bly find love in the most con­ven­tional way – meet­ing some­one.

This ‘new’ pro­gram is just an­other slightly ridicu­lous form of en­ter­tain­ment that au­di­ences seem to eat up.

Un­for­tu­nately, it’s late to the party and I found my­self be­com­ing bored of the pre- dictabil­ity af­ter the first five min­utes.

I’ll qui­etly ad­mit that I was yearn­ing for the drama and hi­lar­ity of The Bach­e­lor for the full 25 min­utes.

FIND LOVE: Lyn­dall (left) and her wing­woman Amanda are one of 11 groups in the new TV se­ries, Date Night.

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