The Choice is an American television dating game show which utilises a format similar to the blind audition rounds of The Voice and features three stages of competition involving four single celebrity contestants competing to fill teams of three possible dates.
The series aired in the USA on Fox from 7 June to 12 July, 2012. There are six hour-long episodes in one season.
The series originally aired in South Africa on M-Net (simulcast in HD) from 25 June to 3 July, 2013. It later aired on DStv's Vuzu and M-Net Series Reality channels. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 1 originally aired on M-Net from 25 June to 3 July, 2013. New episodes broadcast daily at 18h00, from Mondays to Thursdays.
Season 1 later aired on Vuzu from 26 September to 16 October, 2013. New episodes broadcast on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21h30.
Season 1 premiered on M-Net Series Reality on Monday 4 November 2013, at 22h30. New episodes broadcast daily, on weekdays.
Fox takes the dating game show for a spin by giving celebrities The Choice to prove that love is really blind. Hosted by Cat Deeley, The Choice features the world's most eligible celebrities competing to find true love among a group of sexy singles... they can't see.
Filmed in front of a live audience, each episode begins with four of the world's most eligible bachelors sitting in rotating chairs, turning their backs on love and unable to see the sexy singles looking for a date with fame.
In this initial "Blind Round", each celebrity can only use his suitors' voices – as they share information about their life, passions, turn-ons and turn-offs – to help himself make The Choice.
When the celebrity bachelor likes what he hears, he pulls his "love handle", spinning his chair around to bring him face-to-face for the first time with his potential mate.
If more than one celebrity pulls the handle, they must battle it out for her affection until the sexy single gets The Choice to pick whose dating pool she wants to swim in.
Once each bachelor has his three hotties, the teams enter the "Speed Choice" round, where each woman has only seconds to convince her leading man to sweep her off her feet to the final round.
In the final round, love is on the line when host Deeley poses a challenge question to each of the team's final two. The celebrities must then make The Choice between each of their two remaining eligible ladies, whisking one away on a dream date and leaving one in no man's land.
Some of the world's most famous bachelorettes will also be blinded by love in an episode that features the ladies sitting in the hot seats. These coveted women will make not only their chairs, but their suitors' heads spin when the men realize this is a date of a lifetime.
The Choice is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions (Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares). Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Scott St. John (Deal or No Deal) serve as executive producers.
Season 1 (6 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 25 Jun 2013 | Finale: 3 Jul 2013 | Mon-Thu, 18h00
Channel: Vuzu | Premiere: 26 Sep 2013 | Finale: 16 Oct 2013 | Wed/Thu, 21h30
Channel: MS Reality | Premiere: 4 Nov 2013 | Finale: 11 Nov 2013 | Weekdays, 22h30