MAKING Channel 7’s First Dates look like child’s play, SBS is launching a new dating show that’ll see prospective couples pushed far out of their comfort zones.
In Undressed, billed on the SBS website as an ‘experimental’ new show (you can say that again), complete strangers will be forced into ‘instant intimacy’ while cameras roll.
“Hopeful singles on Undressed will be asked to leave everything but their underwear aside, skip dinner and drinks, and go straight to undressing a total stranger before jumping into bed,” an article on SBS online states.
“The matchmaking social experiment will explore cultural diversity and preconceptions about race and sexuality — challenging both viewer and contributor prejudices.”
Those looking for love on the series will take part in a number of activities, carefully chosen based on research which shows that naturally occurring attraction can be accelerated by forcing willing participants into unusually intimate scenarios.
“Psychological research suggests that attraction can be accelerated by answering increasingly intimate questions within a tight 30 minute time frame,” the online application asserts.
After the encounter, the two contestants are then asked whether or not they’d like to continue with their date.
Basically: car crash television of the most watchable kind. There’s no air date as yet, because SBS has only just started searching for contestants. Feeling brave and/or a little bit stupid? If you’re ‘brave enough to undress down to your underwear in front of someone you have only just met’, you too can apply to hop into bed with a total stranger on television.