The Picker was then led to a seat facing away from the Dating Pool and further divided from the potential dates by a wall. They generally were expressed in a humorous style, often with various pop-culture references.
After choosing a category, two or three choices were listed for example, a category on hair might be divided into blonde, brunette, and redhead , and the Picker was asked to eliminate one of the choices. After eliminating a choice, all the contestants who fit that choice left the Dating Pool, in view of the Picker. This process was repeated until five to eight potentials were left, at which point they advanced to the next round.
In the third season, a Golden Ticket was introduced, which allowed the Picker to save one eliminated player as he or she walked in front of him on the way out of the studio. This contestant automatically advanced to the semifinals. For episodes taped outside, the "Golden Ticket" was replaced with a Golden Lifesaver, with the same rules. Keep 'Em or Dump 'Em? If the Picker was satisfied with the answer or performance, he or she would "keep" the contestant, advancing them to the final round.
If the Picker was not satisfied, he or she would "dump" the contestant, eliminating him or her from further play. This round continued either until three contestants were "kept," or all but three had been "dumped.
The Final Cut[ edit ] The wall was removed from behind the Picker to reveal a walkway with several spaces behind him or her. The three finalists started on the back step, and were asked a series of two-choice questions. Each time a contestant's answer matched the Picker's, the player advanced one space on the walkway occasionally, a question might be worth two steps. The first player to make it to the circle on which the Picker was sitting won a date with the Picker.
In case of a tie, a final question was asked to the tying contestants, such as "How many girls did Picker's name say he dated last year? The contestant who guessed the closest without going over won the date. The Reveal[ edit ] After a couple had been made, the two contestants were placed back-to-back while Hardwick read a description of the winning player to the Picker. The contestants were then turned around to meet each other for the first time, and their trip and prizes were described to them by the announcer.
Two games were played per show, first with a woman picking from 50 single men, then with a man picking from 50 single women. The most prominent character was a scruffy, cigar-smoking cupid known as "Bob the Angel", who would sometimes appear in a series of vignettes with Hardwick and McCarthy. Bob would be joined by a wife, Roberta, and a son, Little Bob. Other characters included Fidel Castro, or an evangelist. These characters would often interact with the contestants during the "Keep 'Em or Dump 'Em" round, such as one male contestant being challenged to a game of tetherball against Castro.
On rare occasions celebrities would appear. A female Picker claimed she was a Mel Torme fan and challenged a contestant to sing like him, only to have the real Torme come and judge his work.
Books[ edit ] The show served as the basis for a book: This tie-in advice book was actually two books in one, a "His" side with Chris Hardwick on the cover and, turned over, a "Hers" side with Jenny McCarthy on the cover. In this book, winning couples were interviewed about their dates. The show was parodied as "Solo-ed Out" in a issue of the comic "Sabrina: Sabrina brings Cleopatra on as a contestant and must help convince Marc that they should reunite.
He ended up with a date with a sophomore from Columbia University ; however, it was later revealed that both Eric and his date lied about being college students to get on the show only university students were eligible to be contestants, with some exceptions, such as military personnel of the same age. In a scene in the film Romy and Michele's High School Reunion , Romy played by Mira Sorvino unsuccessfully tries out for the show as the cut off age is 25, and is told to "try VH1.