Loving “Love is Blind”

Reviews

The reality show, “Love is Blind,” was recently released on Netflix and is already ranked eighth in the US. This show is hosted by married couple, Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo. It is meant for singles who want to be loved for who they are rather than for their appearance. 

This show is based around the experiment to test if love really is blind or if looks play a major part in falling in love. To start off, 40 to 50 singles looking for love are cut off from the real world and unable to have contact with the outside world. Half of the contestants are male and the other half are female. The participants of the opposite gender are unable to see each other. 

There is a male house and a female house, where the contestants live for 10 days at the start of the experiment. The men and women date each other in “pods,” which allows them to communicate without seeing the other person. After talking to everyone, they eventually decide who they feel is their best match, if any. If they think they’ve found “the one,” they get engaged in the pods prior to seeing one another face to face. I feel that the pods that they talked in added a particularly interesting touch to the show because it allowed the contestants to communicate without seeing each other. The participants came into the show as complete strangers hoping to leave with an engagement, which I personally think is very rushed and straight to the point. However, this made for good content and really captivated the viewer’s interest.

After being engaged, they have a big reveal where they get to see their fiancé for the first time and leave together to see if their relationship will work out in the real world. The producers of the show set up many opportunities to put their love to the test such as: living together, seeing each other’s past living arrangements, and even meeting each other’s families and friends. If their relationship is strong enough, the couple’s wedding will take place only 38 days after the start of the experiment. On the wedding day, the couple has to decide if they want to spend the rest of their lives together, proving or disproving the idea that love is blind.

After the experiment, some contestants meet up for a filmed reunion to recount their experience. They also get to revisit the highs and lows of the experiment and update the viewers on where they are now.

“Love is Blind” was advertised remarkably. Every time I opened Netflix, the trailer would play, and the show would be recommended. This made me particularly curious to watch it.

I started this show thinking I would not be a fan of it and it would be a typical, mindless reality show. However, I quickly got addicted. It was a unique way for singles to meet without outside distractions, especially social media. Personally, I believe that this show is highly entertaining but has a flawed concept. This show became a daily guilty pleasure. It left me wanting to watch more.

I strongly enjoyed this show, but I do not believe that it proved the idea that love is blind. I felt it was a little bit rushed and the couples did not get enough time to fully experience everything together. Only 38 days before the wedding, they did not even know who the other person was, so they didn’t really get to develop their relationship enough.

If you like reality shows that will make you laugh at times, this show’s for you. I highly recommend you watch this show if you are looking for something lighthearted yet dramatic.