Earlier this year, E! announced that it was developing a reality dating competition series with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. The show now has a premiere date scheduled.
According to an official press release, Catching Kelce will premiere Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. ET. Besides featuring a current NFL player, what should set this reality dating show apart from its TV rivals is 50 contestants being involved in the competition. You read that number correctly. One from each state.
Just in case you were worried about his mental and physical burden, Kelce will be getting some help from his brother, Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, and his manager, Aaron Eanes. Oh, and the first episode is 90 minutes, so he’ll presumably have some more time to mull over deciding who stays and who goes.
Details on #Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce's dating show that will debut on Oct. 5: https://t.co/gUlOow00iE pic.twitter.com/ATzp8wcZct
— The Kansas City Star (@KCStar) July 18, 2016
Via Red Carpet Crash:
“In the supersized premiere episode, 50 eligible women will assemble at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum where they will have only 60 seconds to make a lasting first impression on one of the NFL’s most sought after bachelors. From there, Travis will have to quickly narrow the dating pool from 50 women down to 20 before they are able to move into their lavish Los Angeles mansion. Once moved in, Travis and his boys will be deciding who stays in the house and who is sent home packing.”
One minute to make a good impression? That could make for some entertaining, and painful, television.
But it won’t just be Kelce and his bros selecting who sticks around. During each episode, he will pick one woman who goes on an all-access group date and she will decide which girls go on the date with her. At the end of that group date, Kelce will choose someone to go on an individual date with him. So some strategy will arguably be involved for that first woman chosen. It might be in her best interests to bring the lesser contenders on the group date with her.
Don’t worry about this interfering with Kelce’s day job. The show was already recorded and a winner was selected.
"Yes, I did pick a winner," #Chiefs TE Travis Kelce said on the results of his reality TV dating show. Wouldn't go into other details.
— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) May 31, 2016
Catching Kelce will only be eight episodes, so he’ll have to eliminate quite a few contestants at the end of each show. As mentioned, the fun begins Oct. 5 (just before the Chiefs’ bye week on Oct. 9) at 9 p.m. ET.
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