Fox went for a one-two punch of campy dating shows, pairing "Take Me Out" with their not-so-subtle nod to NBC's hit singing competition. "The Choice" (Thu., 9 p.m. ET on Fox) is not "The Voice," but it does rhyme with it, and it does feature celebrities sitting in spinning chairs having to make a decision based on hearing only a person's voice.
Only on this show, hosted by Cat Deeley ("So You Think You Can Dance") with a great sense of humor and awareness of the silliness of the whole thing, the hour proved to be more fun than it may have at first appeared. Each week, a different batch of celebrities will sit in the chairs -- including perhaps a panel of ladies once or twice.
This week featured Romeo, soap star Jason Cook, Olympic skiier Jeremy Bloom and "Jersey Shore" star Pauly D. There was plenty of laughter as the women used their 30 seconds to convince the guys to turn around. One dance got Pauly to turn around, but he tried to turn back around away from her when she admitted she was a virgin.
It's all very light and inconsequential, which seems to go well in the summertime. As long as the celebs go into the experience ready to have a good time and not take the show or themselves too seriously, it could be a fun diversion for the season.
See who shows up next on "The Choice," Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
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