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'The Choice' is a bad one for Fox

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Have you no shame, Fox?

Oh, of course you have no shame. You're Fox. (Sorry. Dumb question.)

But come on, people. Seriously. Is Fox's new dating show. "The Choice." a put-on, or a send-up. Homage, perhaps? A freak of TV nature? Or just a good old-fashioned ripoff.

The cast list for this summer reality trifle launching June 7 was announced Wednesday, and jaws clattered noisily to the ground from Boston to New Jersey to Hollywood. Among the eligible bachelors and bachelorettes competing are -- Patriots wide receiver Rob Gronkowski, Joe Jonas, and six folks who previously performed on "Dancing With the Stars," including Rob Kardashian, Carmen Electra, Romeo, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Mike Catherwoodand Warren Sapp. They'll be joined by several other obviously-not-busy-enough C- and D-listers who will compete to score a date with "an attractive single they can't see," per Fox.

The other bachelors include model Tyson Beckford, skier Jeremy Bloom, actor Dean Cain, soap star Jason Cook, "Jersey Shore" star Paul "DJ Pauly D" Delvecchio, celebrity chefRocco DiSpirito, "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks, taekwondo champ Steven Lopez, comedian Finesse Mitchell, plastic surgeon Dr.Robert Nettles, NFL star Ndamukong Suh, snowboarder Seth Wescott and model-actor Parker Young.

The other bachelorettes are model Hope Dworaczyk, Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakihand singer-model Sophie Monk.

According to a Fox release: "Each episode begins with four of the world's most eligible bachelors sitting in rotating chairs, turning their backs on love . . . when the celebrity likes what he hears, he pulls his 'love handle' . . . Once each bachelor has his three hotties, the teams enter the 'Speed Choice' round, where each woman has only seconds to convince her leading man to sweep her off her feet to the final round . . . when host Cat Deeley poses a challenge question to each of the team's final two."

So, to conclude: "The Choice" is a mashup of "The Voice," "The Bachelor," and "The Dating Game," all rolled up into one big ball of reality Velveeta.

Beautiful, Fox. Just beautiful. You may have no shame, but plenty of chutzpah.


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