On Thursday night, FOX launches their newest reality offering in The Choice dating show season premiere. One of the C-list celebrities to look for love on The Choice dating show is none other than former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks. This should tell you right away that you aren’t going to be seeing any really big names among the ‘celebrities’ set to appear on The Choice dating show.

Honestly, I’m a bit dissapointed in Taylor Hicks, who I actually kind of liked (although he should have never won American Idol). You have to know your music career is not going well if you are willing to stoop so low as to appear on a cheesy dating show patterned after the blind auditions on The Voice.

Parts of The Choice dating show format is loosely ‘inspired’ or ‘ripped off’ from The Voice reality singing competition, where the contestants sing while the judges have their backs turned, choosing their favorites by voice alone, instead of appearance. On The Choice dating TV show, the ‘celebrities’ will have their backs turned to the ‘suitors’ and have to choose who they want to go on a date with based only on what they say and how they sound.

On The Choice dating show Thursday night, questionable celebrities Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio of Jersey Shore, Jason Cook of General Hospital, rapper Romeo (aka Lil’ Romeo’, and skier Jeremy Bloom will compete for dates.

Former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks will appear in a future episode, as will other sad celebrities such as Rob Kardashian, Carmen Electra, Hope Dworaczky, former NFL star Warren Sapp, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. Some slightly more interesting names include singer Joe Jonas, actor Dean Cain, chef Rocco Dispirito, and fashion model Tyson Beckford.

Honestly, does anyone actually expect that any dates that emerge from The Choice TV show dating competition will end up resulting in any real relationships? Maybe a publicity stunt follow-up date or two, but this is all basically a bunch of cheesy BS for ratings from what I see.

Of course, FOX isn’t really in it for the ‘love’ factor after all. As FOX executive Mike Darnell admitted recently, the whole thing was a totally silly idea, but FOX saw potential for raking in the profits from it. ““What started out as a goof ended up being a ridiculously good format,” Darnell said during a recent taping of The Choice dating show. “It was charming and funny… [The show] works beautifully. It’s going to sell all over the world.”

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