Making a new marriage work is hard enough. Add a reality show to mix, and chances are you probably won't even reach 8 years - the average length of first marriages. But we're sure that won't stop throngs of engaged couples from flocking to the Country Club of Coral Gables Feb. 19 to audition for a spot on a new reality show called Test of Love.
Go ahead, join them. Laugh in the face of marital karma. Trade in authentic vows for made for TV sound bites. But be warned, in order to make the final cut, you'll probably have to fly your freak flag like a Snooki, crazy housewife or a basketball (non) wife. Read on for details on how to curse your marriage before it starts.
The show is looking for 12 engaged couples to compete in a series of
tests of love, hence the snazzy name. At the end of each episode,
according to the show website, one couple
will be eliminated in what we can only imagine will be a Tyra Banks
type dismissal from America's Next Top Model. Expect tears, ill will,
and we'd bet on some marriage cancellations.
The couples are competing to get the ultimate prize--the right to get
married. No that's not right. They could do that regardless. The winners
actually win a free wedding package that includes luxury wedding at the
Gables Country Club, a honeymoon in the Bahamas, a wedding dress, and
tuxedo for the groom. But we know the real prize is the chance to
embarrass yourself and significant other on television.
There's not that much information about the show available as of yet;
the website says it will be broadcast in the USA and Canada. That's
probably because the show is the brainchild of the Liberty Entertainment
Group based in Toronto. The company has a variety of business interests
including operating entertainment venues, among them the Gables Country
Club, which they took over in the last decade.
And though we're rooting for success of another
local reality show, participants should be warned-- they don't always
turn out like you hope. Just ask those involved with the Work
of Genius debacle filmed locally several years ago. It has yet to air and is
mired in litigation. Oh, by the way, that show also featured 12
Register for the Test of Love casting call online or show up at the
Country Club (997 North Greenway Dr., Coral Gables) on noon February 19. For more information, call
305-392-0819 or visit testoflove.com.
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