They say that all it takes to fall in love is a perfect first kiss. But often we have to go through the awkward first and potentially second date to get anywhere near to that stage – and a lot can go wrong during that crucial time – meaning some people never get to even try. TLC think they might have come up with the answer in their latest reality dating television program, Love at First Kiss, a show that is designed to break boundaries by making the contributors go beyond their comfort zones and kiss a perfect stranger. The show premiered on Wednesday August 3rd 2016 at 10/9c and hopes that the unique format can test the theory that a single kiss can lead to love.
So how exactly does it all work? Well, for starters, there is no introduction between the couples – they don’t know who the person is before they enter the room, and they don’t have much time before they have to get down to kissing business. Once the kiss is done the pair separate and then talk to the cameras about how it went. If they both agree that there was a spark whilst they were busy locking lips, then they go straight on to a two-minute speed date. If that goes well then they head on a proper real date, where the couple can get to know each other properly. From there its anyone’s guess! Each episode has a batch of new singletons, as well as some returning ones who were unlucky the first time around. Sometimes steamy and often awkward, the show tries to push its boundaries in order to test how far single people will go to find love. The audience can participate too, voting each week on the kiss-o-meter, for how good they think the kiss looked.
So how well has the show fared among audiences – has it put the right moves on them to secure itself a second outing, or has it been given the kiss of death? TLC have given no official word on the future of the show, but as its still running, that isn’t exactly a cause for concern. In terms of viewership numbers, the show is doing averagely, with a series debut of 0.58 million and a 0.22 demo rating, but dropping to just a 0.14 in the demo and 0.351 million viewers a month later. In terms of review feedback, things have been fairly good, with the show not receiving enough votes to be displayed on IMDB, but getting a decent rating of 4 out of 5 stars on content streaming service Amazon Instant Video. At this stage we would say it’s a bit too early to say for sure, but we think that it might need to get a few more tune-ins if Love at First Kiss has a chance of coming back around for a second smooch.
There are currently no Blu-Ray or DVD copies of Love at First Kiss available to buy, but you can watch the show online on content streaming service, Amazon Instant Video. Each episode will set you back $2.99, or you can pick up the first season in its entirety for $11.99. If you live within the US, you can also try and catch re-runs on Dish Network: 183 (HD/SD), 4DTVDigital: AMC-10-604, DirecTV 280 (HD/SD), Verizon FiOS: 639(HD)/139(SD), AT&T U-verse: 1250(HD)/250(SD). Unfortunately, if you are outside of the US, then Amazon is going to be your only chance at getting hold of episodes.
Do you think the idea of a first kiss is a good basis for a dating show, or is it missing the vital ingredient of the couples getting to know each other first to strike the chemistry? Have you seen the show and have a favourite couple of kissers – was it about their connection that was hard to miss? Would you have the guts to go on the show yourself, or do you think that dating should step away from television and be done the normal way?
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