TV’s most awkward dating show

2015-02-08 16:30

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Mzansi Magic has become the love doctor of local TV due to the sheer number of reality dating shows on its schedule.

The channel’s newest, Love Back, hosted by Thomas Gumede, sees the comedian and actor use his schoolboy energy and charm to play cupid for estranged lovers.

But it is the way the show goes about getting the unsuspecting partner on board that is just downright creepy. The use of ambush tactics on unsuspecting lovers makes it all look more like a lesson in kidnapping than in dating.

In the fourth episode last Sunday, Michael from Tembisa enlisted the show to get his lover, Siwela, back after some awkward Facebook drama.

Apparently, Michael joked that his male colleague could get into Siwela’s pants, or his male colleague made a move without Michael knowing about it. The story is all very confusing. To add fuel to the fire, Michael’s fling on the side had posted a picture of the two of them on Facebook.

Siwela decided to cut all ties with Michael, blocked him on social media and would not answer his calls, which is understandable. But Michael would not give up, and approached Love Back.

When he begged Siwela to take him back with incoherent words tumbling out of his mouth, someone on social media said: “Mike has the mack and persistence of a construction worker.”

But for some reason, his construction-worker charm must have worked. In the end, a smiling Siwela promised she would at least think about taking him back. Or maybe she was scared a reality TV crew would kidnap her again if she didn’t.

Love Back is extremely awkward to watch, and the embarrassing scenes between ex-lovers is nothing less than cringeworthy. Give this one a skip.

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