Fox is coming out with a celebrity dating show called “The Choice”, which will feature various celebrities (and of course, pseudo-celebrities) matched up with normal people. Five of the six episodes will feature male celebrites, while just one will feature female celebrities. The show is similar to The Voice in content, with the celebrities judging the potential dates based on everything but their looks. If there was anything the world really needed, it was another reality show, especially another dating reality show. If you’re going to do a dating show, you either have to go full-on creeper mode like Blind Date, or bring on the camp with something like Singled Out.
But wait, what in the hell does this have to do with sports? Well, a number of athletes are going to be on the show, and the choices FOX made are…. interesting. The athletes that will be appearing are Warren Sapp, Jeremy Bloom, Seth Wescott, Ndamukong Suh, and Rob Gronkowski. Let’s break these down, one by one.
-Warren Sapp is a loudmouth, bankrupt, NFL Network analyst who owes his ex-wife six figures in alimony.
-Jeremy Bloom is a former NFL player and skiier who’s worked as an analyst for NBC (during the 2010 Winter Olympics) and Fox Sports (for college football). He is the founder of Integrate.com, which just got a huge investment from Comcast
-Seth Wescott is an Olympic gold medalist snowboarder, and hasn’t done a whole lot outside of his snowboarding career
-Ndamukong Suh is an NFL player with a violent reputation who was suspended and fined last year for stomping an opponent
-Rob Gronkowski is an NFL player who is supremely talented on the field, and a ridiculous partier off the field
Ah, such a diverse group. As a male, I can’t really comment on whether or not any of these athletes is “dating material”….but man, this could result in awkward situations. Imagine the look of terror in a woman’s face when she realizes she just won a date with Sapp or Suh, both of whom have killed numerous quarterbacks in their day. Imagine the party girl, who ends up with Bloom, the guy with his head together that proved there is life after sports. Imagine the bookworm getting paired up with Gronkowski, and just wanting to go to a quiet, romantic dinner instead of doing body shots.
I still have no desire to watch this, but it could result in some quaint matchups. Or, it could just be a disaster. One or the other.
[h/t: Entertainment Weekly]