Season 2 of “Love Is Blind” may have come to an end, but season 3 is just beginning!
The Netflix reality dating show has already filmed its third season in Dallas, Texas, according to Variety.
What Is ‘Love Is Blind’ About?
The premise of the Netflix show is a social experiment to test whether or not love is truly blind. Contestants are divided into groups: male and female. As of yet, there have been no same-sex pairings on the show. The couples then speed-date in “pods” where they can hear each other, but not see each other. Eventually, some contestants form a strong emotional connection with someone (or multiple someones, hence the drama).
From there, contestants have the option of proposing to their partner. If their partner accepts their proposal, then they finally get to see each other and go on a week-long honeymoon in Mexico where they meet the other contestants that they may have connected with inside the pod.
They then return home and have three weeks to plan a wedding and get everyone acquainted with each other’s friends and family before deciding whether or not to say “I Do” at the altar.
Two couples from the show’s first and second season have gotten married and there has yet to be a divorce, proving that there are some successful marriages that have come out of the social experiment.
The show is so addictive that even reality star Kim Kardashian revealed that she is “invested” in the show’s premise!
Chris Coelen Reveals That There Is A Lot Of ‘Guesswork’ Involved In ‘Love Is Blind’
During both season 1 and season 2, eight couples got engaged. However, in both seasons, two couples were cut from the show and only six couples actually got a honeymoon to Mexico and the star treatment.
When Variety asked how they choose which couples to follow, Coelen admitted that “it’s a lot of guesswork.”
“We don’t know what’s going to happen,” he added of the unscripted reality series. “In Season 1, we were following Kenny Barnes and Kelly Chase, and we were like, it’s going to be so boring. They’re gonna say yes, and, of course, they’re getting married. And they didn’t.”
“We had no idea, and continue to have no idea what’s going to happen in the stories that we choose. If we are so lucky as we have been in Season 1 and Season 2 to have more engagements then we’re able to follow, then we go with our gut,” he added. “Like, these seem like a good, genuine, cross-section of authentic stories.”
Coelen explained that, with a total of 30 contestants – 15 men and 15 women – there is just not enough “bandwidth” to feature everyone’s stories.
“We didn’t even begin to tell the stories of the other engagements that happened, or lots of the other really fascinating, multi-layer relationships that went on,” Coelen continued. “Many of the people who showed up really put themselves out there, tried, and didn’t ultimately find a connection. I would love everybody to find the connection. I’d love there to be 12 engagements, and that’s unfortunately not the way that things happened.”
Chris Coelen Responds To Fan Criticism
One of the show’s main criticisms is that love is supposed to be blind. In other words, contestants are supposed to fall in love with a person’s personality, not their looks. However, all of the couples shown on screen could be considered to be attractive people. There were numerous contestants who were on the “heavier” side, as Coelen put it, but none of their stories made it to air.
“I think it’s very funny for people to say, ‘Oh, you put somebody who was, you know, heavier in there, and then you just didn’t follow them,’” he said. “It’s not like anybody wants that to happen or doesn’t want that to happen. What I want to have happen is just to be true to the experiment. You put people in there. They can’t see each other. If they fall in love, then we follow it and if they don’t, we don’t.”
Another key criticism of the show is that there are no same-sex pairings. Given how all the women and all of the men live in separate bunks and are able to socialize with one another, it would be difficult for same-sex pairings to develop the way the show intends because the matches wouldn’t be “blind.” Ideally, producers would have to sequester everyone in order to guarantee complete anonymity, and it remains to be something that they’ll attempt in the upcoming season.
According to Variety, since Netflix already wrapped production in Dallas last year, “Love Is Blind” season 3 can be expected sometime next year. Odds are that it will air around Valentine’s Day again, but fans have their fingers crossed that they might be able to get at least one more cast reunion to wrap up unanswered questions before they find a new batch of contestants to fall in love with.