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In an age of television that is still blatantly anti-LGBTQ+, one reality show rises above the rest. Love Island, in our view, didn't get enough criticism for it's heteronormativity among other flaws.

Representation of queer people remains massively lacking, especially on reality TV where most people involved are of the same weight, race, age and sexual orientation. They look filtered, pretty much.

MTV's latest series of Are You The One? is back for season eight, but with a beautiful twist: every one of the cast members are sexually fluid. Thank the good Lord, it's what we've been waiting for.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This glittery MTV show will fill the empty void of your life now that Love Island has ended. 16 singles from all over the US have flown to Hawaii for the summer to try and find love, without gender limits.

“Welcome to the most ambitious matchmaking experiment ever attempted,” said host Ryan Devlin. The cash prize is a little more than the ITV dating show…try $1 million. 

The contestants have 10 weeks, and 10 match-up (recoupling) ceremonies to try and find out who their perfect match is. All 16 contestants are fair game, so it's far more challenging this time around.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Topics surrounding gender identity and sexuality will be approached, and progressive narratives that the LGBTQ community wholeheartedly deserve.

Competitions, dates and truth booths will be part and parcel of the experience every week, but drama, fights, heartbreak, sex and juicy content ensues as a result.

The 2019 cast's perfect matches are discovered through a dating algorithm, based on a vigorous process involving comprehensive interviews, IQ and personality tests, interviews with family, friends and exes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“The matchmakers got pretty deep into all of the contestants’ past relationship history, so they would do these interviews with the contestants and their family, friends, and exes. All that information was combined and analysed,” executive producer Tiffany Williams revealed to Entertainment Weekly.

The discourse surrounding gender identity still needs to be opened up further, and queer representation is a great place to start. Awareness and education about sexuality can be provided through the medium of reality TV (Drag Race changed the damn GAME).

“It’s still a fun, drama-filled salacious ridiculous reality show but it’s now got a social message underneath it,” Executive producer Rob LaPlante stated in an interview with Variety.

MTV have provided a relationship expert, Dr Frankie, who specialises in working with the LGBTQ community. Proper mental health support is 100 percent needed throughout the process and afterward.

Seeing as much of the drama is usually constructed, many fans have expressed concerns for queer people being exploited for entertainment. MTV appear to be deconstructing heteronormative conversations in a positive way, however. We adore the inclusive cast.

Are You The One? season eight airs on MTV at 10pm every Monday. Grab that queer content by the rainbow. 

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It’s been a tumultuous few months for former Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby, but it looks like the reality TV sensation will soon be returning to our screens with a brand new show.

According to The Sun, the Big Brother winner is set to make her TV comeback as she is reportedly taking part in a new reality dating programme with a rather unusual twist.

The unnamed dating show aims to match members of the public with their favourite celebrities and will be produced by Lime Pictures – the same company who makes Geordie Shore and The Only Way Is Essex.

The new venture has been described as having “a celebrity cast who are looking for love and would like to date members of the public” and its producers are currently seeking ordinary people to take part.  It is expected that Charlotte will begin filming next week. 

The bubbly Geordie has been single since she split with her on/off boyfriend Gary Beadle earlier this summer but rumours that the star is romantically involved with TOWIE cast member Mario Falcone have been circulating since the pair were spotted flirting on Twitter last weekend.

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There has been an uprise of dating shows on TV lately (becaue they're the best thing ever), and it's safe to say that everyone LOVES First Dates.

But, there's a new show airing tonight on Channel 4 and it takes a rather different approach.

The ladies that are looking for love are leaving it up to their children to find a potential partner – and we just think it's the best idea ever

On tonight's episode you will meet 39-year-old Katie, who is on the quest to find a new man after her 12-year relationship broke up.

Her sons, Jay, 21, and Harry, 15, go on the hunt to get Katie a new beau, with Katie revealing, "they know me better than I know myself."

Jay and Harry also admit that they're surprised that their mam hasn't found love as they say, "look at her she's beautiful!"

We'll guess we'll have to watch tonight at 10pm to see if Jay and Harry are successful. 

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If you haven’t heard, The Bachelorette is an American dating show which is hugely popular and on its 11th series.

It’s a spin off from the American series The Bachelor and its raking in some serious viewership figures in the US.  

This time around, the show revolves around single gal Kaitlyn and her 25 potential husbands-in-waiting.

There’s no word yet on what Tourism Ireland thinks of all this, but in Monday night’s episode, the cast were jetted off to Dublin. Indeed, Kaitlyn said she was seriously excited when she heard of their destination.

She wrote in her blog for People magazine: “I have always wanted to go there. I used to live in Newfoundland, Canada, and it was like a mini Ireland.”

They opened the episode saying that Ireland was the perfect place to fall in love (is that a thing people say?).

Kaitlyn goes on a series of dates in various locations around our capital city, including one in Christ Church cathedral where they were serenaded by The Cranberries!

“Once we got inside,” Kaitlyn wrote, “the '90s child in me was screaming. I LOVE The Cranberries and having Jared [one of the contestants] with me in that moment was so romantic!!!”

They did all things you would expect on a date in Dublin, took a stroll in Stephen’s Green, high-fived a leprechaun, and held a good old fashioned Irish wake for Kaitlyn – wait, what?

Yep the hopeful bachelorette lay in a coffin while all of her potential matches said a few words about her, and yes it was seriously weird.

But after that trauma of that the gang all headed off to the Guinness Storehouse and had a few drinks together, presumably happy in that Kaitlyn was in fact, very much alive.

Although this might sound like all fun and games, Kaitlyn admits that she is finding it quite difficult as she tells one hopeful contestants to go home each week.

“I used to think, OK, how hard could it really be to date a bunch of good-looking dudes and have all these feelings?! I'll admit, I didn't think it would be hard, but I'm here to tell you guys it's FREAKING hard.”

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