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Flirty Dancing Dating Show Coming to Fox Makes Two Strangers Dance Together
This weekend, a clip from the U.K. reality show Flirty Dancing made its way across the ocean, and on the surface it’s a lot. The short of it is that two strangers are taught the same dance, and then upon meeting for the first time, they’re asked to perform it together. The premise? An absolute equal mix of cringe and terror, wrapped into a date. The result? A beautiful summation of physical chemistry, gorgeous choreography, and a pinch of vain relief that the person on the other end of that dance routine isn’t ugly. And it all happens at a sweeping romantic destination, like a boardwalk or an observatory or an Arby’s (just kidding, that’s my dream location).
The series, which just started its second season on the British Channel 4, begins with two singles who have seemingly given up on dating. Though the viral clip features a gay couple, contestants range from gay to straight, young to old. The two singles work with choreographer Ashely Banjo, who teaches them complimentary dance routines. First, they dance, only to immediately separate afterward. Then, they can decide on whether to go on an official date and learn things about one another, like their names.
Sure, the whole thing seems like a perfect nightmare, but also, the more you dig, the more you realize that this turns out pretty fantastically every time? Naturally, the U.S. is going to recreate it on Fox this December, with Jenna Dewan hosting. Doubly naturally, we’re going to ruin it by adding a competition element where one person picks between two dancers. It’s dumb—just let wonderful people who love to do contemporary dance in public live.
Anyway, this is the perfect Monday charge—for cynics, make fun of these dancing fools all day long. For the optimists in the room, here’s proof that if you learn a thing or two about extensions and lines, you won’t be single forever.
Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture.