It’s hard to remember a time without reality dating competitions. At this point it feels like we’ve seen it all; guys competing for girls, girls competing for guys, girls and guys competing for celebrities and even TV shows about fake reality shows where people compete for a chance at love.
While it may seem like we’ve seen it all, Logo’s “Finding Prince Charming” is here to prove us wrong. The show will be the first ever gay reality dating competition, with 13 suitors competing for the heart of one handsome guy, all while living under one roof!
XFINITY LGBT had the opportunity to chat with the show’s host, Lance Bass, to get some exclusive information about Logo’s newest reality show.
What can viewers expect from the premiere?
Lance Bass: It’s hard to say because even I’ve been kept in the dark from all the madness! All I know is that there is a super-secret surprise that happens right out of the gate that will shock the suitors. I love premiere episodes because I like to try to pick the winner from the beginning.
How much fun did you have filming the show? Can you share any stories?
Lance Bass: It was a blast filming this show. I’m such a fan of realty competition shows. I am geeking out over the fact that I get the best seat to watch it all unfold. Seeing how complicated it is to film a show like this is very fascinating to me. Every day on set was a surprise. So much story happens from day to day it is hard to keep up!
Are there any differences in the show compared to shows with similar formats that feature “straight” couples?
Lance Bass: Yes, like similar shows with straight couples, the suitors all live in a house together, but unlike these shows all the suitors are gay men. There is always the possibility the suitors will fall in love with their fellow competitors which is something we haven’t yet really seen on television.
Can we expect a diverse cast of contestants? How were contestants selected?
Lance Bass: I have no clue how they were chosen, but it is one of the most diverse casts I’ve ever seen. Kudos to Logo for choosing every flavor of the rainbow.
In preparing the format of the show how did marriage equality shape the discussion around the expectation for the final contestants to commit to a, “long term relationship”?
Lance Bass: In our show there is no pressure to get engaged. We wanted this to be a real experience and not put a commitment like that on the table. Marriage equality makes a show like this possible. So many in our community never really thought about marriage and long term relationships until the country started treating us like equals. Now that we have the right to marry we don’t want to exploit marriage by pressuring the contestants into an unrealistic engagement. Hopefully the ultimate match made has staying power after the cameras turn off, but if the relationship does in fact fizzle out that’s OK too. This show isn’t ultimately about marriage but rather is a glimpse into the gay dating world that is so often publicly distorted and marginalized.
The highly-anticipated series is coming at a time when reality dating competitions have come under scrutiny for lack of diversity in its contestants, but Bass confirms that the 13 suitors come from all walks of life.
“Finding Prince Charming” is sure to be a fresh take on the reality dating competition, a genre that’s been around for more than 15 years! Get ready for the premiere by meeting the suitors, prince charming and Lance’s take on love in The XFINITY LGBT Collection.
Be sure to watch “Finding Prince Charming” on Logo every Thursday at 9pm.