I suffered through The Choice, tonight, y’all. so YOU wouldn’t have to! Season 5 Idol winner, Taylor Hicks was one of 4 bachelors on this FOX “dating” show, along with Jersey Shore’s The Situation, NFL Football player, Warren Sapp and TV chef, Rocco DiSpirito.

The Choice is The Voice, with dating. The contestants listen to pitches from single women/men (yes, there will be a few episodes with female contestants) with their backs turned to them. It doesn’t really matter, because they’re all “hot” girls. What would have made the show more interesting and crueler, would have been to throw in a few sexy sounding girls who didn’t meet the typical Hollywood beauty standard. Yes, that would have been too mean, but otherwise? I don’t see the point of the guys initially listening without looking.

Anyway. I seriously lost a few IQ points watching this show, so I hope you all are happy! Ha. The women are mostly over-endowed, under-dressed and annoyingly effusive.  The guys aren’t taking things seriously, which helps, but still doesn’t make the show much fun to watch, as the double entendre filled banter gets old really quick. There really is no end to the face palming and second hand embarrassment.

If more than 1 guy turns around, the girl picks the guy she wants. Once a contestant’s team is filled, they turn into observers. Taylor was the last to fill his 3 member team.  At that point, Taylor chose between two girls who were brought out to woo him.

Except, Taylor kinda went off script here, which host Cat Deeley (Yes. Our wonderful Cat. TOTALLY SLUMMING) handled brilliantly. Check it out. It was the only truly funny moment of the episode.  (YES. The videos are reversed. I’m trying to avoid the Video Takedown Police.)


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Once the teams were filled, the guys and gals engaged in getting-to-know-you  lightning rounds.  In order to differentiate the girls, they wore Miss America sashes with their man’s name emblazoned on it. Ew.  After, the contestants eliminated one of their 3 team members. Taylor ditched the girl he made the big fuss over with Cat. Go figure. Then, after more Q and As, the contestants choose their date. Taylor’s choice was Sonya, a pretty brunette news reporter from Palm Springs who likes karaoke! She was significantly less over the top than most of the other girls. Here he is, making his final choice.


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I can understand why an entertainer would agree to appear on a show like this. It’s not like anybody has killed a puppy. It’s a payday and a little exposure. No harm, no foul. But OMG. . Stereotypes galore abound, and at times, I would have sworn the 60s and 70s never happened. I’m so glad I don’t ever have to watch The Choice again

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  • Anonymous

    OMG that chair malfunction was one of the funniest things I’ve seen on TV in a long while! lol  Leave it to Taylor to break all the rules ;)

  • fairlyoften

    You didn’t have to suffer through it on my account. I watched and enjoyed it. I don’t enjoy things like the bachelor where people are pretending to look for real love and it goes on forever and is pathetic, but for great, silly fun for one night, not to be taken seriously, I think the Choice is great. LOVED IT!!

  • Anonymous

    Taylor needs to be on TV more! What a hoot he is. I laughed all the way thru. It was ridiculous in a good way.

  • alcafan

     He was the only one to not offer the girl a seat. That disappointed me a lot.

  • Anonymous

    Taylor Hicks: The Choice

    Katherine McPhee: Smash
     
    Just sayin’. :-P

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3XJE5GRAUMYR7Y5RYZUW7SC4U md

    “I don’t see the point of the guys initially listening without looking.”

    It forces the candidates to use their personality and intellect to sell themselves.

  • fairlyoften

    ooh believe me, I preferred The Choice. haha

  • fairlyoften

    I saw him leading her down the steps by her hand, who would know why she chose to stand?

  • breakdown

    One of the most horrible tv shows ever! Good thing Tay’s date likes karaoke. ;)

  • Anonymous

    Heh, I agree.  I suffered through the show just to see Taylor.  Agreed with his pick.  Wonder if we get to see the dates?

  • Anonymous

    Taylor, you just get better and better with age.  Muuuaaaahhhh!

  • BonnieDee

    Taylor picked a very nice looking girl who did not “bimbo out” and who has a job.  He is also looking very nice himself.  

  • V Jemmy

    Now, I was a fan of Elimidate back in the day, so cheesy dating shows are fine and all, but I’m glad that I opted to not watch this one last night.  As much as I love Cat and Taylor, oy, this was… not good.

    That said, looks like they had a good time.  Cat and Taylor are both sweet and I’m glad that I only had to dedicate 4 minutes of my life to the show.  Thanks for taking one for the team, MJ.  :)

  • Anonymous

    I have to agree with MJ, the premise of the whole show is pretty sleezy. 

  • Axxxel

    Guys initially listening without looking… I guess so that the guys are not distracted by the good or not so good looks of the ladies.

    The thing is, if I would join such a show, being a female… I would totally give the wrong impression because my voice sounds very warm and sensual  and I look like a nerd.

  • Anonymous

    and intellect

    Bwahahaha.

    My point was that ALL the girls were attractive, unlike The Voice, which the show rips off, where the singers come in all shapes, sizes and levels of attractiveness. In the latter, the gimmick makes more sense.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Hahahahaaaaaa…can’t stop laughing.  This is pretty sad.

  • Anonymous

    Guys initially listening without looking… I guess so that the guys are not distracted by the good or not so good looks of the ladies.

    In theory.  In practice, they can hear who the audience catcalls for the loudest.  Like how on Covert Affairs, Auggie told Annie he knew she was hot right away because of the tone of voice sighted guys used when they talked to her, but more sketchy (and let’s be honest, more scripted, heh).

    I hope they all enjoy their payday.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know how old Taylor is now, but he looked sooo much older than those girls.  But he’s still a very handsome guy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I3NQHPT3NA6VGKK22RCMTGOCII Tiffany

    I watched the whole show last night with laughter and a bit of the ew factor.  I tuned in to the prior dating show, Take Me Out, 20 min. before Choice came on so I wouldn’t forget it.  You ain’t seen the sleeze factor till you see Take Me Out, ew!!!  I noticed that Rocco was asking the Situation several times if he should turn around when the Situation had already buzzed in and was seeing the girl.  Who would’ve known Rocco was such a mama’s boy.  Warren came across as a sweet teddybear kinda guy, the Situation reminds me of a guy my bff dated in her younger days that should’ve been neutered the day he was  born.  I found it interesting that Situation chose the long term girl/short term girl as he called them, Taylor the brunette , he’s a brunette guy he says, over the Vegas blonde and the southern belle.  Even Rocco and Warren seemed to choose the least sleezy girls of the 3 they picked.  Some of the girls were just shy of offering the whole deal and none of them got picked.  Good for the guys!  Doubt I will watch again.  I’m not a Kat Deeley fan, shes nice but I don’t care for her as a host, but she was funny with Taylor.  I think Taylor didn’t choose the southern belle he made such a fuss over because she was so obviously younger then the rest or at least looked it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I3NQHPT3NA6VGKK22RCMTGOCII Tiffany

    I watched the whole show last night with laughter and a bit of the ew factor.  I tuned in to the prior dating show, Take Me Out, 20 min. before Choice came on so I wouldn’t forget it.  You ain’t seen the sleeze factor till you see Take Me Out, ew!!!  I noticed that Rocco was asking the Situation several times if he should turn around when the Situation had already buzzed in and was seeing the girl.  Who would’ve known Rocco was such a mama’s boy.  Warren came across as a sweet teddybear kinda guy, the Situation reminds me of a guy my bff dated in her younger days that should’ve been neutered the day he was  born.  I found it interesting that Situation chose the long term girl/short term girl as he called them, Taylor the brunette , he’s a brunette guy he says, over the Vegas blonde and the southern belle.  Even Rocco and Warren seemed to choose the least sleezy girls of the 3 they picked.  Some of the girls were just shy of offering the whole deal and none of them got picked.  Good for the guys!  Doubt I will watch again.  I’m not a Kat Deeley fan, shes nice but I don’t care for her as a host, but she was funny with Taylor.  I think Taylor didn’t choose the southern belle he made such a fuss over because she was so obviously younger then the rest or at least looked it.

  • Kirsten

    I have to agree with MJ, the premise of the whole show is pretty sleezy.

    Isn’t the premise of the show “Chairs that Spin and Celebrities Who Act Silly in Them”? Aren’t the “contestants” just competing for some free air time? They probably go for the dinner after the show and never see each other again.

    It’s like they said “Let’s take the best part of The Voice and let’s find something that rhymes with it….Boice, Broice, Coice, Cloice, Choice….Choice! That’s a word. Right? Now, let’s see, what could the have a choice about? Singers? Singing shows are popular! But, we might get sued for being too similar and we only want to do the chair part. The singers will take valuable time away from the chairs and the celebrities. Hmm…Food? Everybody likes food! And they love cooking shows. We could have chefs bring their best dish on the show. But, wait, how are they supposed to smell the food all the way over in the chairs when their backs are turned?….Dancing! Dancing shows are almost as popular as singing shows. But, how can you judge dancing if you can’t see it? What else is on TV? Survivor? How can one survive in a chair? We don’t feed them? We give them huge cups of coke and wait to see who can remain seated the longest without running for the bathroom? Hmmm….might be popular with little boys. Oh, I know. The Bachelor. Choice! Dating show.  All chairs all the time. Perfect! Now, onto something important. What colour should the chairs be?”

  • Anonymous

    I was listening to a show that said that Rocco was the oldest guy there (he was something like 45 yrs old).  Warren Sapp is 39, Taylor is 35 and Sorrentino was 30, so yea, Taylor was the 2nd youngest out of that group.  He’s hot as hell…….. that’s. all. lol

  • Anonymous

    Man, I tried to watch this, but it was simply horrid.  And women who pimp themselves out like that just make me cringe; why would anyone want to date them?  Sorry, Taylor, but I think this show was an error in judgment.

  • Anonymous

    I missed the intellect and personality part.  Maybe it was the poses behind the screen that threw me off.

  • pj

    I like Taylor.  I really do.  I have no problem with his appearing on this stupid show for the reasons MJ mentioned above.  I guess he really likes news reporters, though. ;-)

  • Anonymous

    I was surprised he said he liked Brunettes, since every girl I’ve ever seen him with had blonde hair! Also liked it when he said he bought his mom a house. What a good son ;) ……. he stole the show IMO – played some harmonica, the chair thingie was priceless and he was his usual charismatic, charming self.  And even tho I agree the show was beyond stupid and I’ll never watch it again, I was thoroughly entertained for 1 hour. That’s more than I can say when I watch some so-called ‘dramas’.  At least these guys had some personality.  There are some actresses out there that have none.

  • Anonymous

    I agree an entertainer would only go on a show like this for exposure and a paycheck. I doubt any of them take the dating part very seriously. The girls are probably aspiring starlets/models/singers trying to get exposure also. 

    The show is fluff, mindless, and somewhat entertaining.

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.d.mangold Linda Drago Mangold

    I too only watched for Taylor and he didn’t disappoint(in all likelihood my level of expectation for this show was pretty low given the concept). I would never watch it again but Taylor was clearly the most charismatic and entertaining. He should be on tv in some capacity for sure. Hope some network execs caught the show and can come up with something for him in the future, preferably something with more substance than The Choice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.d.mangold Linda Drago Mangold

    How do I change and get a user name, not my real name?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GJ7GOGSVLTJY6SJDVVZYAEUL4Y Jean White

    I watched it for Taylor, too, and  won’t be watching it again. It was fun, and the guys showed a lot of personality.  Roccco  was cute when he kept asking the girl (I don’t remember where she’s from) to say his name again. (“Rrrrrrrrrrocco”) However, the other 3 had way more personality than he did, and Taylor was the MOST chairismatic. :)

  • Anonymous

    Good luck.  Of course, no one would know it is your real name had you not told them.

  • rayni

    I am shallow as a kiddie pool, but good heavens Taylor is one good looking man.

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.d.mangold Linda Drago Mangold

    That’s true chillj but that would be an odd made up name. I used to be hicksaholic. I want to be incognito again so I can make grossly inappropriate remarks if I want to.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for your sacrifice, MJ. Those girls look like Miss America pageanteers. I wonder if any of them even like the people they were trying to go on a date with.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Oh, MJ guess what I did?  Since I was on Xfinity One, I watched all of the first two episodes AFTER watching Taylor Hicks.  Everyone is right, he was the most entertaining on all three shows.  Also, he has real chemistry with Cat Deeley!

    They have one or two who were on, “Dancing With the Stars.”  A sports figure, soap opera/drama guy, and a guy in the music industry seem popular choices.  On one of the shows, one girl showed up drunk and she sounded bad.  None of the guys chose her.  Cat took her hand to help her down a step.

    There were two girls from the three shows that admitted to be a virgin.  It seems interaction between the guys is important with Taylor’s episode being the best.  OK, I like cheesy shows.  LOL!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5EYQZHTUTJ3GEBYF5JXGNHPN6Q Sandals

    I’ve loved Taylor since the minute I saw him audition for Idol, went to concerts, bought CDs, and tried to follow his career as much as I could.  I watched “The Choice” ONLY because Taylor was on it.  He was great and his personality was more alive than the other guys BUT, where were his manners?  I thought he was a southern gentleman!!  The other 3 guys brought their dates back and guided their DATES to sit in the chair!!  Taylor sat in his chair and left his date standing like a goofball beside him.  I’m guessing there was no chemistry between them!! LOL