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Most of us have been in search of love at one time or another, but some of us take unique routes when trying to find that love. Nick Lachey, who is by now no stranger to the reality TV dating world, hosts one of Netflix’s most recent reality dating series, “Perfect Match.” As someone who loves reality TV, especially those shows that revolve around dating, I was eager to watch this show. To my surprise, it was much different than the previous dating shows that Nick Lachey and his wife, Vanessa Lachey, have hosted like “Love is Blind” or “The Ultimatum.”
The basics of the show are that members from previous Netflix shows like “Love is Blind,” “Too Hot to Handle,” “The Mole” and “The Circle” come back to reunite or meet for the first time. This is essentially bringing the most eligible singles together to find their perfect match and giving some a second chance at love. While there are many rules and logistics to the show, the main goal is to find the person you believe is your “perfect match,” and you will match with them at the end of the night. Whoever is left without a match has to leave the house alone.
The next day there is some sort of compatibility challenge game and the winning couple goes to the boardroom. The boardroom is where the most compatible couple chooses two singles to go on dates with two others in the least compatible couples. They can also choose for themselves to go on a date with a new single. This process continues over several days, and, of course, surprising twists are added into the mix every once in a while.
What I enjoyed most about this show was seeing people from previous shows that I had watched and examining how they have changed and grown from experiences on their last show. I was hoping two characters in particular, Bartise and Shane, would have grown from their failed love at the altar in season three of “Love is Blind.” However, it seems that even though both men went on the first show looking for marriage, they were still not ready for love in “Perfect Match.” Bartise still seems to be jumping from one person to the next, unable to be committed, and Shane has still not resolved his self-sabotaging ways.
Overall, the concept of the show was good, but some rules just needed to be adjusted to give the show a good run. The first thing that stuck out as odd was that the person you matched with on each night was the person you spent the night with, even on the first day. While it is important to spend a lot of time with the person you want to get to know romantically, spending the night with someone you just met a few hours ago is odd. Putting two singles in this awkward position creates an off atmosphere from the get-go.
Secondly, many of the singles on the show didn’t even get a full chance to get to know the other singles before they had to choose their match or leave the house alone. This created a very stressful and fast-paced atmosphere for everyone involved. It also caused many people to make decisions based on the strategy of trying to stay in the house rather than finding their true love. Constantly bringing in new singles and making others leave made it hard to get to truly know everyone. One of the biggest difficulties in the show was that almost everyone was from a different state or even country, making it difficult for the relationship to go past the length of the show due to the distance between the couples.
While this show was entertaining to watch, it was not my favorite among the reality dating shows. If there were to be a second season, I would hope that there would be some changes to how it works to make the full process run smoother. Unsurprisingly, even the couple voted as “the perfect match” at the end of the show did not make it out into the real world. Every couple found themselves unable to continue their relationships for various reasons. This goes to show that some things in the process just weren’t working. However, there have been couples who have successfully stayed together after this type of reality dating show. This shows that if some things were changed, the show could have possibly a more positive outcome in the next round.
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