Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that all the romance has gone. Look no further than regularly scheduled television programming to see that many of people still have love on their minds. Well, maybe not love, but at least the chance of getting endorsements through being on reality dating shows. With the lengths people will go to for their shot at love, or 15 minutes of fame, it is no surprise that this genre of television is so popular. Here are five of the best examples of reality dating shows.
Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch
Chad Ochocinco has never been accused of being a reserved guy. The outspoken NFL receiver changed his last name to match his jersey number for crying out loud. He had a dating show on VH1 and, surprisingly enough, Ochocinco actually seemed fairly sincere about wanting to meet somebody for a serious relationship. This was proven when he got engaged to Evelyn Lozada two months after the show was over. The only problem was he apparently had no interest in any of the ladies on his show, but they all seemed to be more interested in the fact he was a rich football player than in any actual relationship anyways.
Oh Flavor Flav, it seems that you might truly have a face that only a mother could love, at least for any real amount of time. His success as a rapper has made him appealing enough to some women for him to have a ridiculous amount of offspring, but that doesn’t really help him find true love. It also didn’t help that the ladies brought in for Flavor of Love were some of the absolute worst human beings to ever walk the earth, which also made them some of the most entertaining to watch. This worked out poorly for Flavor Flav, but perfectly for those of us watching from home.
The Bachelorette is one of the most straightforward reality dating shows to be on television. It has a group of guys vying for the hand of the titular bachelorette, and the competition can get pretty heated. The refreshing thing is the competition is a bit more straightforward on The Bachelorette, as the guys on the show don’t get nearly as catty as some of the women do on other reality dating shows. That’s not to say that these guys are any less after fame than contestants on other dating shows, but they at least try to be a little sneakier about that fact.
Rock of Love
Bret Michaels was extremely entertaining on Rock of Love as he searched for his approximation of true love. What made him especially entertaining was the fact that he made it clear that his lifestyle as a rock musician meant that he would definitely be getting some loving on the side when he was away doing shows. At least the guy was honest, and it seemed that the ladies on the show appreciated that honesty as their enthusiasm for winning over Bret Michaels was not diminished in the slightest. Rock of Love showed that at least the sex portion in the phrase “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” was not exaggerated.
The Bachelor is the ultimate reality dating show. The women get catty, like most other reality dating shows, but things stay a bit classier than on other shows like Flavor of Love. What make this show interesting are the many rumors that inevitably end up coming out about the bachelor, such as him being broke, having a criminal record, smelling like feet, or whatever else the tabloids feel like printing. This show doesn’t have a huge success rate for actual relationships, but come one, who wouldn’t want to be a guy living in a house with twenty women who were fighting each other for the honor of being with him? It’s like spending a day in the life of an internet writer!