10 Hilarious Reactions to “The Choice,” New Dating Show Ripoff of “The Voice”
“So…what if Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine swiveled their fancy chairs around to see dates instead of singers?” This was apparently the line of thinking at Fox as they watched NBC’s hit music show The Voice, since Fox has just announced a new celebrity dating show called…wait for it…The Choice.
According to The Hollywood Reporter: “Each episode will feature four bachelors — and in one case, bachelorettes — seated in rotating chairs, with their backs turned to the single hopeful.The Choice will include a “blind round,” in which each celebrity can only use his suitors’ voice to make the decision. If and when the celebrity bachelor likes what he hears, he pulls his ‘love handle,’ causing the seat to spin around to face his potential mate.” The show will be hosted by Cat Deeley.
It’s not as though The Voice invented the concept of a blind competition show; The Choice actually hearkens back to The Dating Game of the 1960s. Still, Fox’s choice of title removes all doubt that the show is blatantly ripping off The Voice - and we’re not the only ones who think so. Here are 10 hilarious reactions to the announcement of the new dating show, which debuts Thursday, June 7 at 9 pm:
“In an announcement that seems like a brilliant April Fools’ Joke (but, we’re assured, is not), Fox’s new summer series will feature — likeThe Voice — contestants in blind auditions for a quartet of celebrity judges who are seated in spinning chairs.” -Entertainment Weekly
“The nominal prize is a “dream date,” which will probably be exotic…The real prize, of course, is being on television. So everyone’s a winner. Even NBC, which has a show popular enough for Fox to play off.” -New York Daily News
“#THECHOICE better NOT be another singing completion!!!” -Twitter user @johnJLlandry
(Did you even READ the description, my friend? But we’re with you.)
“‘The Choice’ follows the storied tradition of Fox ripping off/having fun with some other network’s successful reality show.” -The New York Times
“So, basically Singled Out, but with The Voice’s spinning chairs. If they get Purrfect on board, this has the potential to be the greatest dating show in the history of television.” – Hollywood.com
“Darnell is basically calling out NBC’s show as nothing more than a game…Well played, Mr. Darnell. It’s good to have you back!” -Vulture
“The celebrity men will have their backs turned to a slew of foxy ladies, who will use only their voices to impress men by talking about their lives. In other words, it’s like the opposite of The Little Mermaid. (Also, no one will be wearing a seashell bikini – as far as we know.)” – Wet Paint
“The Choice is a dating show version of The Voice, featuring eligible “celebrity” bachelors in spinning chairs that pick female suitors based on their voice alone and no I’m not joking this is a real show and I can’t believe it either.” -TV.com
“Fox teases that if more than one guy pulls his love handle, they will battle it out to convince the girl to be with him. The network was hazy in the details of how the guys would battle. Will it by a slap fight? A shoving match? A ‘yo momma’ roast? The mind reels.” - TV Guide Canada