Replica could be the sincerest kind flattery, right? In that case, NBC and its smash struck “The Voice” should be feeling really flattered, because FOX is launching a fresh internet dating tv series – cheekily known as “the option” – come july 1st which is a clear homage on musical fact competition.

“The selection” will likely be hosted by Cat Deeley, just who in addition has “You Think You Can dancing,” and blatantly got its format from the NBC-based predecessor. “Four stars … blind auditions … rotating seats … but … it isn’t really what you think,” mentioned a promo that broadcast during a recent bout of American Idol. Like “The sound,” “the decision” will function four superstars (whoever labels have never yet been launched) in rotating chairs. Only this time, the celebrities will likely be measurements up players as possible dates.

Each chair comes with a “love handle” (yeah, you read that correct…but please keep your brain from the gutter). Whenever pulled, the really love handle indicates interest in happening a “fantasy go out” making use of participant involved. If one or more celeb pulls the lever, they must participate for woman. After every star features three possible times, there’s a “increase possibility” game wherein each woman recently a couple looking for bi woman of seconds to encourage her popular suitor to simply take the lady to your last rounded. When you look at the finals, Deeley presents difficult question for the continuing to be two players as well as the celebs make making your decision when it comes to “dream big date.”

The competition recalls the heyday of The Dating Game, once the celebrities will pick their own dates without getting able to see them “There hasn’t been a unique [dating program] hit since ‘The Bachelor,’ so there was not an in-studio one that’s worked since The Dating Game thirty years ago,” Fox’s Mike Darnell told EW.com. “I found myself contemplating simple tips to do a blind-date show without the need for a wall or blindfolds, together with whirling seats appeared like a great way to do so.”

Darnell has a history of having motivation from opponents’ designs. Take “Joe Millionaire,” for example, a mischievous response to “The Bachelor,” or “Temptation Island,” a cheeky (and sexy!) version of “Survivor.” “the decision seems like an obvious subject because you have to make a variety,” the guy thought to EW. “I’m just now realizing it rhymes [with The Voice]!”

I’m not sure in my opinion you, Darnell, but I’m all for poking enjoyable at The united states’s ridiculous fixation with reality television!

The option will debut on Summer 7, for a period of six one-hour periods on the summer.