Take Me Out is a bit genius, really. What appears to be a cheap, cringe-worthy dating show is actually a work of art in the reality show world that somehow keeps audiences coming back for more.
This second level of blind dating is public humiliation at its finest and there’s nothing more entertaining than watching someone get rejected in public. Every episode, three guys are put in the spotlight and invite the girls and the public a glimpse into his private life—everything from his family, interests and personality get scrutinised. He even has the chance to show off his skills in the ‘talent’ portion of the show – which either helps or hinders his chance with the ladies. More often than not, it’s good thing he isn’t actually trying out for a talent show. The show shows us how cut throat the dating world can be, but at the same time, there’s something about watching someone being ritually humiliated that keeps us coming back for more cringey viewings!
In a way, Take Me Out has become a way to see the different types of people you can come across. After an episode or two, you start to realize that everyone on the show falls into one category or another: the high maintenance girl, the edgy girl with tattoos, the girl next door. At times, these contestants come and go, but for the ones who remain, we learn more about them each episode and they become the ones we root for. With host Paddy McGuinness as the show’s ringleader, his phrases are ridiculous, but just like a really bad pick-up line, you can’t help but roll your eyes and laugh.
Needless to say, we’ll be keeping our lights on for this show.