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Which dating show is best for you?

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Is the idea of appearing on a reality show starting to appeal to you? Are you ready and open for what they call “real love”? Don’t just settle for any old dating show.

Here at Stuff, we have watched them all and present to you a guide to finding love on reality television.

Pick wisely, hopeless romantics.

Take our quick at the bottom of this article

Love Island puts singles in swimwear and tells them to couple up.

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Love Island puts singles in swimwear and tells them to couple up.

LOVE ISLAND

Nobody goes on Love Island (or the New Zealand budget version, Heartbreak Island) for love.

It’s a chance for free booze, free food and an all expenses paid holiday, on the condition you share a room with good looking strangers.

If I bothered to go to the gym, there would be a certain appeal to the programme. Getting paid to lounge about sounds fun, but then you remember they’re trapped there for up to eight weeks and start to go crazy.

There's always a pool nearby at Love Island.

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There’s always a pool nearby at Love Island.

The premise of the show is that a group of contestants live at a sweet villa or resort, cut off form the outside world, and are under constant video surveillance. To stay in the game and win a cash prize, they need to be coupled with someone… so it’s not so much about love, but survival.

Most of their day is spent in swimwear next to the pool, or competing in weird challenges. It’s Big Brother, but strange as hell.

Pros: Free drinks, free publicity for the Instagram account.

Cons: The absolute worst way to find a partner.

Lesina and Lily from The Bachelorette NZ.

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Lesina and Lily from The Bachelorette NZ.

THE BACHELOR

I’ve never been that comfortable with The Bachelor.

The concept seems so flawed. A bunch of random men or women arrive at a mansion, where they will be cut off from the world. (Why must you always be cut off from the real world to appear on reality television?)

They don’t know who the bachelor or bachelorette will be until they arrive… Then what? What if they’re just not that into the person who’s meant to be the love of their life.

The whole show seems half-baked. Is it possible that you can be into someone just because you’re told you should like this person? I guess so, because strangely, this show has worked for some couples.

Con: You live in a truly bizarre house for weeks, trying to get a few seconds of attention from someone you’ve only just met.

Pros: Good if you’re homeless and you normally get a holiday if you stay long enough. Sometimes works.

In Love is Blind, single people are brought together to meet the person they'll spend the rest of their lives with - without ever seeing them.

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In Love is Blind, single people are brought together to meet the person they’ll spend the rest of their lives with – without ever seeing them.

LOVE IS BLIND

The latest reality format has streamed around the world thanks to Netflix and it is… interesting.

Eight men and eight women were put into pods for four weeks. During that time, they lived in separate quarters and couldn’t see each other. They just spent hours on end sitting in little pods, drinking red wine and talking through a thin opaque barrier.

The experiment aims to find out if love really is blind. Although, it’s helped by the fact that this show – like most reality programmes – features good looking participants.

Just over half of the participants find a partner while in the pods, and then become engaged to someone they’ve never meant… but of course they would, because then they get to go on holiday together.

"Love Is Blind" on Netflix is a three-week event across 10 episodes.

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“Love Is Blind” on Netflix is a three-week event across 10 episodes.

I’ll be honest, this show seems best suited for the highly delusional. 

Only someone living in fantasy land would get engaged to someone they’ve never seen and only known for a few days.

Think of this show as the opposite of Naked Attraction meets Married at First Sight

Pros: The participants are desperate to get married – good chance to settle down.

Cons: You’d have to be crazy to go on this show, and will probably marry another crazy person.

Married At First Sight NZ bride Anna Saxton and her TV husband Jordan Dare.

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Married At First Sight NZ bride Anna Saxton and her TV husband Jordan Dare.

MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT

A classic. 

Married at First Sight finds the most intense people in the world and gets them to meet at the altar.

It almost never ends well.

Pros: Nill.

Cons: Very few benefits, you marry someone you’ve never met. Highly stressful. The honeymoon holidays never look that good.

SEVEN YEAR SWITCH / HOUSE SWAP:

This is technically not a dating show. It’s where people in existing relationships go and live with someone else.

If you treat this as a dating show, that’s tragic as hell but would make great and horrible television.

In Naked Attraction, people pick a partner from a line-up of naked bodies.

NAKED ATTRACTION

In Naked Attraction, people pick a partner from a line-up of naked bodies.

NAKED ATTRACTION:

This show is great for exhibitionists looking for nudists and naturalists.

In short, a bunch of people get naked and stand on a stage and then someone picks one of them – based on looks alone – to go on a date with.

VERY messed up.

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