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Putting the dates back in dating

Thu 2 Sep 2010 In: Events View at NDHA

DJ, broadcaster, actor and MC extraordinaire Steven Oates has gone a little bit romantic with his latest project. He's setting out to match gays who are looking for love, or a special friend, through The Love Game - A Dating Game Like No Other! The first heat is at Auckland's Family Bar tonight, co-hosted by Miss Ribena. Oates is bringing back the classic dating formula because he believes the internet has killed the art of dating. "The internet has become a menu for sex. And along the way I think we lost the idea of talking to people and finding out about each other and things like that. So I thought we should do something to encourage people to date more." Oates says Americans have dating down to a fine art. "If you say to someone in America 'are you seeing anyone?' they're like 'oh yeah, I'm dating a couple of guys'. And you know, they don't take it as seriously as we do. He says New Zealanders seem to think that at the end of a date you've got to have sex or get married. "Whereas it shouldn't be like that at all – it should be having had a really nice civilised time and having got to know someone. And maybe catch up later and see how it goes." The Love Game's format springs from the likes of classic TV show The Dating Game. Every Thursday night someone will be whisked away and hidden at Family so they don't know who else is playing. They'll sit behind a divider with three people on the other side, and then choose one of the three to take on a date after asking a series of questions. The date will be paid for and on 7 October all the couples come back for the grand final. They will be interviewed and the couple which gets the most questions right and show they got to know their date the best win a night in a luxury hotel. Anyone who has the heart to take part can register their interest with Oates or Miss Ribena. Check out the event's Facebook page here Maybe you'll meet the love of your life ... or maybe it will go like the video below! Jacqui Stanford - 2nd September 2010    

Credit: Jacqui Stanford

First published: Thursday, 2nd September 2010 - 2:27pm

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