Vancouver is a notoriously hard city to date in, which might explain the popularity of the first season of First Dates. Well, the show is returning for another season and they’re looking for singles in the city – as well as across Canada and the States – to try their hand at finding true love.
First Dates takes people looking for their other halves and matches them up with potential suitors. The caveat? The first date is all caught on camera. All the fun, excitement and awkwardness that’s associated with meeting someone for the first time is filmed by 35 fixed-rig cameras in a restaurant full of singles.
Executive Producer Toby Dormer tells Vancity Buzz that every coupling is a genuine effort on the part of the show’s matchmakers – nobody is matched up unless the producers expect sparks to fly.
“We did a pretty good job with season one – I think we had 300 dates and we had 80 or so second dates,” says Dormer. “But we want to improve that. We take it quite seriously.”
He says their goal is to facilitate a wedding at some point. And if you’re not single, you can nominate someone deserving in your life – sign up your friends, your mothers, your sons, anyone who’s actively seeking a partner.
“There is no type of person who’s off the books. We want to reflect Vancouver. We want to have people from all different walks of life – gay, straight, bi, we had a transgender lady in the first season,” says Dormer.
“I think that’s what’s fascinating about the show. Dating is universal. Every element of society is engaged in dating in some way or another.”
If you’re interested in applying, fill out an application at slice.ca/casting-call. You must be at least 19 years old, available for filming in the Vancouver area and must provide a headshot of themselves.