“Why join a dating app when you can do the Dirty Dancing lift with a stranger?” is apparently the idea behind Fox's upcoming new dating show Flirty Dancing, hosted by Jenna Dewan. The reality series is set to premiere this winter.
Based on the U.K. show of the same name, Flirty Dancing pairs up complete strangers after teaching them each half of a dance routine. The pair meet for the first time on a blind date “at a breathtaking location,” Fox says, “where they will then dance together without saying a word. In this romantic approach to dating, these singles will push themselves out of their comfort zones in the hope of being swept off their feet, rather than swept to the left or right on a phone.”
The U.S. adaptation will twist the original format by featuring participants who will perform a different choreographed dance with each of two potential love interests, before choosing the one they have the strongest connection with. The singles will not all be professional dancers. In each case, the choreography will tell a story reflective of their romantic journeys while also providing clues to the other's personality.
“Flirty Dancing is a truly unique format — it's unlike anything we've ever seen before. It's fun, fresh and romantic, and broadens the dating format far beyond its traditional boundaries,” said Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment and specials at Fox Entertainment, in a statement. “Jenna is our dream host. She knows all about how powerful connection and chemistry can be on the dance floor. So there really is no one better to help guide these singles in their search for love.”
Dewan, whose breakout role came in the 2006 dance movie Step Up, also hosted the first two seasons of NBC's World of Dance. Her other TV credits include The Resident, Supergirl, and Witches of East End.
Flirty Dancing premieres this winter on Fox.