'Celebrity Dating Game': Do Winners Really Go On a Date With Stars?
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Think 'The Celebrity Dating Game' Is Your Chance to Romance a Star? Not So Fast

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Jul. 19 2021, Published 3:30 p.m. ET

The commodification of love in entertainment is a tried-and-true tradition that'll probably keep on going for as long as "the arts" exist in its current form. And there's no shortage of shows that participate in this phenomenon. Whether it's The Bachelor or Flavor of Love reruns, folks are more than happy to turn love into a game-show contest that equates the ultimate fulfillment our existence on this weird planet has to offer with the sensation of winning a washing machine on The Price Is Right. The Celebrity Dating Game reboot follows a similar premise, but do participants really go on a date with the stars in the show?

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'The Celebrity Dating Game': Do they really go on a date with contestants?

The biggest question folks have about The Celebrity Dating Game is whether or not the winners actually go on a date with the celebrities on the program. And the apparent answer to that is, uh, no, they don't. That would be a premise rife with problems: What if production happened to get some obsessive über-fan who got on the show and, through sheer prime-stalkerism, was able to secure a date with a star?

According to USA Today, it isn't a requirement for the celebrity and the winning contestant to go on a date.

The fact that participants don't necessarily date the stars who are featured on the show is something that was criticized heavily by some reviewers who saw early episodes.

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Zooey Deschanel and Michael Bolton on The Celebrity Dating Game
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The Guardian writes: "Because first we need to address the biggest issue facing any show that gives itself the title The Celebrity Dating Game: it doesn’t feature any celebrities and nobody goes on any dates. Really it should just be called The Game, although that would confuse it with the David Fincher movie where Michael Douglas can’t work out whether he is participating in a piece of entertainment or actively being tortured. So maybe it is quite a good fit after all."

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There's also been a lot of talk about the "awkward" pairing of hosts Zooey Deschanel and Michael Bolton on the program. As The Guardian put it: "Deschanel is many things – a brilliant actor, a seasoned singer – but on the basis of the first couple of episodes, her talents don’t quite stretch to 'reading from a teleprompter without looking genuinely terrified.' Michael Bolton’s role on the show is less easy to pin down."

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Carmen Electra is one of the contestants on 'The Celebrity Dating Game' for 2021.

One of Carmen's first forays into entertainment began in the early '90s when she was dating Prince. She was recording for Capitol Records before the late artist signed her to Paisley Park, his own label. Her real name is Tara Leigh Patrick, but Prince is credited with creating her stage name that just stuck.

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This isn't the first time that Carmen's love life has become the subject of TV programming, and no, we're not just talking about her relationship with Dennis Rodman in The Last Dance.

Ellen DeGeneres created a Match.com account for her as a gag. And while you probably couldn't swipe through a bunch of folks online in the hopes of potentially matching with Electra, at least we all know she's a 5'3" Taurus.

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Maybe whoever is a contestant on The Celebrity Dating Game can use this knowledge in their quest to be Carmen's number one choice.

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