Model on dating in the dark
JH: It was painful to watch when one person is left on the balcony and watches the other person walk away and not continue dating. It happens on dates where the guy doesn't call or the girl doesn't call back but, also, the good thing about the show is that I think it's full of a wide range of emotions.You've got comedy, drama, suspense, you've got some tearful moments as well as some emotional moments so it covers the wide range of the emotional spectrum. We'll put the show out there and hopefully people will tune in which I think they will and we're discussing that now, actually.
Tom Shelly: The idea was actually a Dutch show created by John de Mol, who created Endemol, so it was his idea that we at Endemol make an American version for ABC. Was physical appearance a factor since they are going to be in the dark for a big chunk of the show?
You get to that last moment up on the balcony to see if the partners that have been revealed in the light are both going to show up or is somebody going to be left behind.
That's what I find intriguing about the show and I think the audience is going to find intriguing also.
These are people who are really trying to find somebody. We're looking for people who really want a relationship and that gave us a mixed bag of some really good-looking people and some what I would call ordinary, real people that I think the audience will be able to identify with. We wanted to find people who were in it to really try to find a partner and as soon as you throw money into it, people are playing for money instead of really trying to find a partner.
JH: There's no cash prize or vacation for the couples that wind up staying together at the end of each episode. We really wanted to see the answer to that age-old question "Is love blind?