Love Is Blind Participant Has Business Meeting Misconstrued – Why Reality TV Distorts Privacy Expectations

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Having to explain the purpose of innocent business meetings to non gossip rags is something that makes many people dislike the paparazzi. This also shades reality TV celebrities, that last word being somewhat cringe-worthy. Real people being real have little reason under most circumstances to attract the paparazzi. They should not be celebs, nor treated like them — and yet if they starred on a hit TV show, they will be.

Case in point: one of the participants in the Netflix TV series Love Is Blind, Damian Powers is having to explain his business meeting that was portrayed as a possible tryst with a reality TV contestant from another Netflix show, Too Hot To Handle ⭐️½  (demonstrates what most people dislike about the genre).

“We all planned to leave the Eveleigh together in the same car. Francesca, Alex, Mitchell and Raiane all exited through a side entrance, while I exited through the main entrance of the Eveleigh,” he continues. “Upon exiting the Eveleigh, we were all greeted by paparazzi. Francesca grabbed on to me in an attempt to shield herself from the paparazzi as our entire group entered the car. Francesca and I are not dating or romantically involved but remain friends.”

‘Love Is Blind’s Damian Powers Sets the Record Straight After Being Spotted With Francesca Farago (Exclusive) | Entertainment Tonight

The one interesting part of this is finding out what Damian and Gi are currently up to. They are still a couple some two years since filming the show which saw Gi and he very rocky relationship.

This is the problem with following reality TV shows, you end up being sucked into stuff that is outside the show. There are too many great movies and TV shows to spend time watching and reviewing that we shouldn’t be distracted by reality TV contestant drama outside the film or TV series. Or, rather, in this case, the lack thereof. Fake news, I guess this would be called in 2020.

Gi was part of a short-lived podcast, Love In Sight (see: Companion Podcasts as Extras to Original Shows are Good Marketing and Fan Service), that I enjoyed hearing about the behind the scenes production of the show. That is different than this nonsense going on with her on show and real life boyfriend, Damian.

Perhaps this serves as a good warning to those who would want to sign up to be on a reality show that it has the potential to go far beyond the show, at least from a privacy standpoint. This is actually what some people want by getting involved. They want to milk 15 minutes of fame. That doesn’t appear to be the case here, but who knows, maybe this was leaked out somehow and is actually a publicity stunt.

LC from Love Is Blind Dumps Mark Who Was Dumped By Jessica – Reality after the Reality Show

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I’m not a huge reality TV fan. It is usually pretty trashy TV that makes you feel all kinds of intrusive into people’s private lives as they dance around trying to become wannabe stars. Are these people being real or phony? Is the show — how much of the show — scripted or real? At least with other non-biographical entertainment, I don’t have to play this viewer guessing game. It’s a bit tiresome and yet and, odd guilty pleasure when a show like t his hooks you.

Then again, you want to continue to watch these shows you like after the show ends. Just like with any other show.

I think Love Is Blind was a little different than most reality TV dating shows in that most of the contestants really did go into the show, the experiment, looking to find their true love of their lives. That, to me anyway, was a noble experiment. Something worth watching.

If you haven’t seen the show on Netflix, then you might want to skip reading the rest of this post and come back once you have. The headline might sound like a spoiler, and it kind of is, but you have to watch the show to even know who LC and Mark are, so it’s not going to mean much to those who haven’t watched. I do recommend if you have any sort of affection for reality TV dating shows, checking out Love Is Blind.

Now let’s get to what happened with LC and Mark …

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

Poor LC.

I liked her, however fleeting it was that we got to see her in the pods. She was pining for that player Barnett (who after the fact who was in a pod dating triangle with Jessica, LC and Amber. Not a major spoiler, if you haven’t seen the show, but Barnett didn’t choose LC, which led her to a tearful breakdown.

LC was one of those side characters that we didn’t get to see much from once they didn’t make a successful match in the pod (see: Love Is Blind Participants We Want To See More (and less) + Season 2 Challenges). Mark, however, would become one of the main characters, if you will, going onto date Jessica, who would leave him hanging at the altar. He got a lot of sympathy online.

After the show ended — well, the show aired 18 months after it was filmed, so we were already almost two years past — LC and Mark had started dating. Maybe both these two would make a not-so-love-is-blind match?

Nope. Mark found somebody else and was dating her on the side and thanks to a Reddit post, LC found out.

The end: ‘This is awkward because I live in Atlanta and I’ve been dating mark since the beginning of May…. I definitely just broke it off with mark so I really do appreciate you posting this and saving me the energy on dating another liar,’ wrote LC

Love Is Blind’s Mark Cuevas dumped by LC after she learned he had another girlfriend on Reddit | Daily Mail Online
Mark Cuervas from season one of Love Is Blind in the midst unhappily of a love triangle

If this sounds soap operaish, that’s because this is what reality shows do: they spill over into life after the show. I don’t know why producers of these shows don’t make like five year contracts (maybe they do?) with these “stars” who give up their anonymity and privacy for being a celebrity. Some of the most interesting things happen often when the camera isn’t rolling. That is content.

Now, I’m pulling for LC to come back for season two. Instead of the rather useless hosts of season one, if LC can’t or doesn’t want to be a season two contestant, maybe she could be an advisor? Kind of like what Rory was in season one?

I’m rooting for the people who did make successful matches in season one and those who didn’t like LC. Mark probably just wants the coverage of his private life to go away, but sorry, man, you’re going to be on the radar for awhile. Lesson to those younger regular folks who sign up to be on these shows. Realize what you’re getting into goes beyond the show itself.

Wrong or right, the reality doesn’t end when the cameras are turned off.

Love Is Blind Participants We Want To See More (and less) + Season 2 Challenges

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To all the mom’s out there, today is Mother’s Day 2020, so happy Mother’s Day! Love is definitely blind with moms, so celebrate these wonderful women everywhere, every time, but especially today — her day.

Now, to the post topic at hand.

It’s been over a month since watching the reality TV relationship experiment and there are some participants I’m seeing or hearing news about and others I’d be interested in learning more about.

The producer said there are like 300 hours or unseen tape, “enough for 20 shows”, so here’s to wanting to see another follow-up episode or two covering the following people.

Rory – the counselor, the “plant”

This counselor/friend of multiple participants was prominently featured in season one first episode and then just disappears from the show. There was also a triangle between Rory, Danielle and Matt:

Danielle became engaged to Rory but ended up having a two-month relationship after the show with Matt. Both of Danielle’s romances had a roller coaster of emotions, but they helped lead her to her “healthiest” relationship, her current relationship with her new boyfriend.

Love is Blind’s Matt Thomas Calls it a ‘Relief’ to Not Have His Story Shown

Taylor – the virgin

Confessed virgin during the show, Taylor, apparently had interest in several women — and it was at least somewhat reciprocated — but he also couldn’t make a successful connection. What happened to him?

There are stories about him being somewhat possessive with his connections in the commons area with the men. Is that true? Surely, footage exists to support this story.

Jon – the CEO with the bizarre pod questions

A whole episode, maybe two could be devoted to Jon and more of his awkward questions. This made for really compelling TV.

Bonus extra outtake Jon episode, please!

The girl who hates hearing others breathe

She was a spirited participant, so let’s learn more about her.

What were her pod dates like with Jon?

Nick & Vanessa Lachey – The hosts we barely saw

At the beginning introducing the show format and later in Mexico and at other introductory moments, we see the hosts.

We didn’t see it in the show, but it sounds like Nick and Vanessa Lachey had a lot more interaction with the participants than shown in the episodes. How about an episode or two showing their Q&A after the pod dates, perhaps their own commentary on who seems attracted to who and whether or not they think a connection is in the works.

Love In Sight Podcast shares a lot of behind the scenes details

If you want to learn a lot more about people we did and didn’t see, then I recommend listening to the good podcast, Love In Sight. It is co-hosted by the real participants of the show, Gi, did the first nine episodes, and now for a “few weeks” it’s Barnett along with the primary host Matt “Money” Smith (why he’s called “money” I don’t know).

New episodes are available every Tuesday and drop around 1pm PT (GMT-8).

Next Love Is Blind to be taped in Chicago?

Casting for season two is happening in Chicago at the moment with the casting team looking for the right mix of participants for the “experiment.” I like how they refer to it that way and not as some reality dating show. This is what makes this show more compelling is that it doesn’t feel as shallow and phony as other relationship-related dating shows. Too Hot To Handle, for example, is all about the drama and tension, complete with a sarcastic narrator bagging on the participants stupid actions.

There are challenges with filming anything right now, as evidenced by various news articles.

What is unclear at the moment is exactly how producers plan to move ahead with shooting the show post-COVID-19. According to Kinetic Content, right now the casting process is all they have control over, and thoughts beyond finalizing the singles haven’t been decided. The details on how the singles will live or if the show would be altered on capturing moments outside of the pods hasn’t been revealed or planned out. What will not change is the premise that the singles won’t get a look at their potential love interest but only hear their voices while isolated in the pods. All eyes will be on Illinois and the City of Chicago

How Netflix’s ‘Love Is Blind’ Is Forging Ahead with
Its New Season During Quarantin
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Whenever they get production started, my guess will be maybe in the fall 2020, just like season one that started filming in October 2018, I think we might have a chance at seeing season two on Valentine’s Day 2021. This assumes life can return to normal, of course, by the fall. Some signs of that happening have already begun.

In the interim, Netflix could pony up for another interim bonus episode or two beyond the reunion episode. Several ideas exist above, but those might focus a little too much on the reality TV train wreck. The producers and Netflix might want to keep a little more respect in tact with this show, since it has ordered two more seasons.

Cost surely shouldn’t be that much of an issue to edit some additional love stories, yes, even if we know how they ended up after the fact, we don’t know what happened in the pods and commons areas. Wouldn’t be surprised if they do something with that footage to at least promote and market season 2.

Love is Blind Season 1 is available for streaming on Netflix.

Too Hot To Handle Cast Introduce Themselves on Social Media

Too Hot To Handle cast sharing their Instagram accounts

We’re just a few days away from How Horny Are You, er Too Hot To Handle [FIRST LOOK], the newest reality TV game show on Netflix and Men’s Health is rounding up all the participants, along with their Instagram.

These, obviously, are not your average regular looking folks as you can see from the photo above. These are all young, good-looking, muscle-bound and silicon-infused beauty being put to the test of ignoring their sexual tension.

Just see what one of them has to say about the “emotional rollercoaster” that is the show:

Chloe is a model from Essex who once took home a top prize in a major model search competition. Here’s what Chloe wrote on Instagram when she announced she’d be on the show: “The secret is out! I have been filming with Netflix, catch me on the new dating show on the 17th of April⚡️⚡️ I am so nervous and exited to be able to share something that I went through with you all, It was an emotional rollercoaster.. you will see my highs and lows. But I hope you love it as much as I enjoyed filming it.

See the Cast of Netflix’s Too Hot to Handle—and Their Instagrams

Chloe is a model, and she’s one of several in the cast that fit that description. Sharron Townsend, a ripped dude, held the title of Mr. Pennsylvania (source) and so … on. Read the article if you are interested in following their Instagrams.

Am interested in the entertainment angle of what happens on the show — maybe, it all looks like a pretty shallow concept — but not really interested myself in any of these people beyond the show.

Must admit, I’m not much of a fan follower for reality TV participants, and follow only a very small number of actors/actresses on social media (Twitter, none on Insta or Facebook). I do follow movie studios, business accounts and a very small number of famous people. I don’t even follow the President. That’s just me, am curious what your social media following practices are like? Feel free to share in the comments below.

As mentioned in the FIRST LOOK, the most interesting, intriguing aspect of the show to me is the robot. How will Nana deduct $$$ from these people.

Clearly in the trailer, there is physical contact shown, so some penalty deductions by Nana the robot are coming. Do they just get the group together and Nana goes off? That, to me, could be a lot of fun to watch. Nana delivering the admonishment, “You stuck your tongue down ___ throat, I’m deducting $1,000!”

Now, whether or not this is how it all plays out, we’ll have to wait and see. If the show is just a bunch of vapid youngsters wanting to get it on, that’s likely not going to hold my interest.

The other curiosity is whether or not the entire first season will drop to binge at once this Friday or if they will spread out the episodes like they did with Love Is Blind? I’ll know after watching the first episode if I’m going to review the first season, but that’s the plan.

Too Hot To Handle will be available streaming April 17, 2020 at Netflix.

7+ Love Is Blind Season 1 TV Reviews – The Reality after Reality TV: The Antagonists: Jessica, Carlton, Kelly, Damian?

Love Is Blind Season 1 ⭐️⭐️⭐️½  – Netflix Original TV

Every good story needs conflict, and antagonists. When it comes to reality TV, the people most conflicted tend to draw the most viewer interest. That’s not to say we aren’t drawn to heroes, too, but the ongoing interest in a story generates from how the heroes, the protagonists, overcome the obstacles and challenges presented by the antagonists.

In the case of Love Is Blind season 1 reality TV show that means focusing on those who prevented — or at least seemed to prevent — having a successful love match.

Before we go any further with this in depth critique focusing on the antagonists, if you haven’t seen Love Is Blind season 1 on Netflix yet, this post will be loaded with spoilers. You’ll probably want to go see it first.

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead ….

Antagonists or people who failed at the experiment?

Are the people who said “no” at the altar antagonists? Those people are Jessica saying no to Mark, Carlton melting down on Diamond at the pool, Kelly passing on Kenny and (least controversial) Damian saying no to Gi.

Let’s take them in reverse order.

Damian

I personally don’t see Damian as an antagonist in the story, but Gi and him had some intense arguments. The first one, less intense was Gi giving him the third degree on the boat, then the shout out in front of their friends during Barnett’s birthday party, the “our sex is not that good” scene (they react to rewatching that scene on the Love In Sight podcast here), and finally the gym breakdown scene. At one point, Gi drops an MF bomb on him — in front of their friends!

Damian, it seems, measured Gi’s lack of maturity in social situations versus whether or not he wanted to spend the rest of his life reliving those scenarios and was right to say no.

Credit the couple, however, for developing strong love for each other in the pods and after the show they got back together and are dating, working through these issues together to see if they can live permanently with this.

Kelly

While not having a physical connection with Kenny doesn’t make her an antagonist, there was something not very genuine about how she was portrayed in the editing of the show. The more I rewatch certain parts of episode, I’m liking Kelly much less. She might be more of a villain, dare I say, than Jessica.

Ironic, that Jessica and Kelly were the only two on the show who actually knew each other before the show, having met 10 years before through dating circles with ex-boyfriends.

Carlton

Next up is Carlton, the man who held back his bisexual status from Diamond until after she’d accepted his proposal in the pods and was on a trip in Cancun, Mexico. The fight scene at the pool was a pivotal moment in the first season and the end of Carlton & Diamond continuing their journey on the show.

Though initially hesitant Diamond stood up and accepted his apology along with the friendship ring. The moment served as a step towards putting the explosive ordeal behind them, but that was sadly short lived. In an interview with cast mate Giannina Gibelli, for her podcast Love in Sight, Diamond shared Carlton’s actions after the reunion convinced her his apology was not genuine.

Love Is Blind: Diamond Finds Carlton’s Apology & Friendship Ring Fake

Did Carlton have ulterior motives? It’s easy to see Diamond’s concern based on where has Carlton been until the show came out? If he was truly interested romantically with Diamond, where has he been the last year? Or could it be more innocent, that he simply wanted to give her time and space. The Love in Sight podcast mentioned in the quote above co-hosted by Giannina Gibelli is well worth listening to, if you want to hear the cast member share more behind what happened. There is also an interview with Carlton, so you can get his side of what happened.

Is Carlton an antagonist or just a star-crossed lover who made a mistake by not telling Diamond sooner?

Will add that media coverage of Carlton’s actions since the reunion show has been less than favorable. He’s not helping himself trying to patch things up with Diamond encouraging his Instagram followers to try and get her to unblock him from social media. Diamond explains why she blocked Carlton (he acted differently off camera than on and she’s not buying it).

Carlton is also lobbying for a return on season two. Just one viewer’s opinion, but I’d rather not see Carlton return. He had his chance and pretty much blew it. Having him return doesn’t make season two more compelling to watch.

I would, however, be interested in seeing LGBTQ representation in the series two structure from other participants. I don’t know how difficult that might be to pull off, but the rumor is they are asking potential season two participants about sexual orientation.

Jessica

Her portrayal in the show is clearly edited in a way to present her as the primary antagonist. Almost every episode focuses at least in part on her interest and conflicted feelings toward Barnett. She’s also shown drinking in (too) many scenes. How much of her drinking was to calm her nerves (alcohol is a depressant, after all)?

Despite her coldness, her actions being portrayed as calculating to chase Barnett when he was already taken (and so was she!), I feel a little more sympathetic to her than after the initial viewing.

Jessica earns the Messica label by how she is portrayed in the series. She overdrinks, apologizes too many times to Mark, frequently obsesses over the 10 year age disparity between Mark and her and is wreck. Certainly she earns the scorn from some of her actions, but I kind of believe she did want Barnett and Amber to be happy. I think she came on the show wanting to be happy herself.

Guess I pity Jessica somewhat over the others.

Lastly, I’m not sure when she and Mark started having sex. There was a build-up to her holding back on the physical relationship with Mark similar to what Kelly does to Kenny, but then at some point that wall broke down and they started having sex. Seems like the editing missed answering that part of the story between Mark and Jessica.

Review by Others

It was more challenging for me to find reviews of the full season because most the blogs I subscribe to are movie-focused. Some cover both and I found some new blogs to subscribe to during this process. I like great entertainment and my preference are movies, but a TV show can be like a very long movie. Reality shows are definitely a departure from what we normally cover but these are different times and will gladly cover some TV series.

As noted here before, we have had some great viewing experiences going outside of what we normally watch. Keeping an open mind is important as reviewers.

That said, what are others saying about Love Is Blind Season 1?

Recommended

  1. Harryb33 / He Watched The Sky: “…give me another season with a more diverse cast and without the pressure of marriage and you can consider me a fan. Regardless, there’s no denying that the experiment/hotel section of Love is Blind is thoroughly addictive and entertaining.”
  2. Katie Norris (3/5): ” It proves that dating a stranger through a wall can only produce soulmates in the luckier cases, and it helps if all the contestants involved are attractive.”
  3. Kristen Baldwin / EW.com (Grade: C+): “To Netflix’s credit, LIB is an addictive reality show, but it’s also one that will leave you feeling worse than when you started. Call it a guilty displeasure”
  4. Maisy / Hawthorn Book Reviews (3/5): “It was enjoyable, not too long and gave me a bit of drama to sink my teeth into. Definitely guilty pleasure TV!”
  5. Paul / The Captain’s Speech (3.4/5): “I just felt like the show constantly used 28 words to say something that only needed 11. You know what I mean? Just give me a concise show. I don’t want the Director’s Cut.”
  6. shonaharding / Moving Picture Review: “I think it would be fascinating to see this as a dating app. No pictures, just information on that person. You can include age and location if you want but everything else you learn about them is about who they are, not what they look like.”
  7. Tanya’s Blog: “…while not being the most practical way to meet “the One”, was a great show full of drama, romance, and problems, and it is a great binge if you are in the mood for some heartbroken feuding.”

Not Recommended

  1. EnglishRosiee / Rinse Before Use: “If you feel inclined to watch this trash, I’m sure you’ll find some the plot twists entertaining. And while I think the experiment had the potential to be interesting, I think the fact that it’s so highly edited removes much of its value.” (ed. mentioned in post that hasn’t finished watched all the season 1 episodes through)
  2. RAZZ Mag: “Surely, this isn’t healthy. But break-ups at the altar undoubtedly make for better TV, and that’s the show’s aim. It presents couples to root for and couples to cringe at, and changes this status seemingly episode by episode, giving the people what they want: something escapist to watch.”

Linked above and wondering what would be the cool thing to do next? Commenting once in awhile is always good (I like reader and other blogger interaction). If you have the trackback/pingback come to your site then just approve it because after people read your review then they can come here and follow links and read someone else’s review. What comes around goes around and sharing is the ultimate “thank you!” on the internet.

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