TV review – Take Me Out SA: The hits and misses of dating

2014-08-05 18:00

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Three weeks ago, Take Me Out SA, the reality TV dating game show of Australian origin, premiered on our screens on SABC1.

How far some people are prepared to go for love is the premise of the show.

It is peppered with name-calling and high doses of energy as radio and TV personality Phat Joe plays the love doctor.

Armed with his quick wit, he gives the show the edge as the matchmaker.

In pure chauvinistic form, the male contestants, supposedly hunks, reveal themselves to 30 women and get to pick their best match through a series of compatibility tests and a quiz.

This is the show where turning your lights off means I am turned off and turning them on means I am turned on. The ladies make their feelings known or, shall I say, their desperation obvious. You can count on the guys to dance, sing and clap their way into the hearts of the women.

The first episode saw Simphiwe from Newcastle dance his way into Sylvia’s heart with his maskandi-inspired outfit and dance routine.

But things can turn ugly when a guy fails to score a date with one of the girls. This happened in the second episode when Lucus became the first man to walk away without a match after he called one of the women a stripper.

He has since apologised for the incident and has found love elsewhere.

For the lucky ones, the prize is a romantic trip across KwaZulu-Natal.

At least with Take Me Out, viewers have some kind of closure because the show reveals how the dates went.

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