Dating shows are often isolated. Filmed in studios or in remote, exotic villas, they sometimes seem detached — a funhouse mirror of real life. But soon, UNC students will be able to watch their peers fall in love in a new dating show filmed around Orange County.
“Head Over Heels,” a new UNC Student Television reality dating show, is scheduled to premiere this Saturday. Created by UNC students, the show will feature 10 students who date each other with the goal of finding a match, similarly to the CBS show “Love Island.”
However, this is not your average dating show.
"Head Over Heels” varies from typical dating shows because students are “organically paired,” said UNC sophomore and the show's associate producer Raguell Couch. Contestants' applications were intentionally sorted to help the group create a connective community.
“They choose who they want to be with,” Couch said.
Nicole Moorefield, a senior at UNC and the producer of the show, thought about bringing a dating show to UNC after watching “The Bachelor” during her first year of college.
She thought the show was intriguing and wanted to recreate it at the University.
After Moorefield's summer proposal to UNC Student Television was approved, production began in August.
The show's contestants went through a rigorous application process, Couch said. Individuals either filled out an interest form or were nominated by someone else, and each was then interviewed by the show’s staff.