I downed a 22 of decent Belgian beer in about fifteen minutes and immediately ordered another. The dinner segment of ‘Blind Date’ is where they really work their magic.
While on the screen it looks like an intimate situation, behind the cameras are a group of producers who will constantly interrupt you and get you to talk about certain topics.
I knew I was doing well when they brought the producer (a well put together older woman who, in hindsight, looked a bit like Robin Wright’s character from ‘House of Cards’) into the room.
I filled out the application with tons of bizarre (but true) stories about being kidnapped and getting thrown out of bars and the like.
What you might not know about ‘Blind Date’ and similar shows is that the video where people introduce themselves is often shot right at the audition and then re-used.
Because ‘Blind Date’ will be shown eternally in syndication, they want people to be able to relate to the daters without missing any current cultural references.
We were also forbidden from speaking with each other when the cameras weren’t on, which was pretty weird.
One thing about ‘Blind Date’ and other syndicated shows is that they are very, very controlling about what you talk about on camera.