Love Is Blind was one of the most compelling, wildest reality shows that Netflix has ever aired. Now that it’s out in the world, though, some fans of the show are wondering precisely how much of it was actually real. No reality show is organic as it seems to be, but just how scripted is Love Is Blind?
What is ‘Love Is Blind’ about and is it actually scripted?
The show follows 30 people who go through 10 days of speed dating that ultimately ends in marriage proposals. Over those 10 days, the people on the show never lay eyes on one another. The show’s first season followed a number of couples through their proposals, and led some fans to believe that the wild nature of the show meant it almost had to be scripted.
Love Is Blind is not scripted, and the show is real, at least to some extent. Everything around the couples and their engagement was completely real, according to the show’s producers and contestants as well as the contestants’ friends and family. In fact, there were reportedly nerves on set that the show was too real, and that the reality of the show would be its downfall.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, series creator Chris Coelen said that his primary concern was whether the show would have any contestants to follow when everything was said and done. "As a producer I was kind of nervous like, is anybody actually gonna get engaged?" Chris said. "Is anyone going to make it to the altar? And, in the end, we actually had more couples get engaged than we were able to follow on the show."
Rory, one of the show’s contestants, attested to something very similar in an interview with Women’s Health. “They were like, 'We were expecting one or two [engagements], not eight! We set up to film five!'" Rory said.
All reality shows are at least a little fake.
As real as Love Is Blind may seem, there’s a certain level of artificiality that comes with every reality TV series. Contestants may behave a certain way because they know there are cameras around, and editing can also hide some of the truth about what characters are really thinking or feeling. Producers are also capable of influencing the way contestants think or feel, which may help to explain why the show featured so many successful proposals by its finale.
As the show’s finale suggested, producers can also force the conversation between contestants in certain directions in order to keep the show dramatic and entertaining. That’s not to say that the show is scripted, really. Instead, it’s produced in a way to maximize the entertainment value for those who are tuning in.
On the whole, Love Is Blind is as real as a reality TV show can be. That doesn’t mean that it’s 100% authentic, but if the love between the contestants is real, maybe that’s all that matters.