Reality Shows can veer to the absurd but this is a different level of crazy. One Japanese reality show called Happening Girls is letting fans of a girl group date and marry its members.
According to Anime News Network, the fans that want to part take in the show write in to producers through an application and then go through American Idol-style auditions. Essentially, they are winning a date with the members of the group.
The bachelorettes, or in this case the members of the girl group, are Saaya, 22, Manaka, 20, Kaori, 26, and Eri 25. If one of the girls exits the show it won’t be a problem, because Happening Girls is set up so another member of the band will take another girl’s place. Unethical? Of course, but apparently this practice is not illegal.
Before people start to question whether or not it is, it’s said that producers who are setting up the show screen the applicants. Each applicant must be between the ages of 17 – 30 and they must live in Tokyo. Also, they need to be okay with wearing bikinis at all times, because obviously, that’s the main attire.
Spokesperson Teruki Aoki said in a statement about the reality show.
“We are positively encouraging our fans to meet and date the girls. How they get on and how far they go is up to them, but they’re contracted to let us into their private life and share in their relationship. They’re free to have fun, develop, date, and even marry if they want to. We’ll be there to record the marriage aptitude interviews and we’d be delighted to arrange the wedding.”
So this is like The Bachelorette, if only the woman were a famous pop icon. Can anyone imagine Britney Spears subjecting herself to a show like this?
How does this show go down? Well, according to the site, fans will be meeting the ladies during “private hours.” Private hours isn’t exactly private as this is really the fans’ first set of “marriage interviews,” which is through the show. We’re thinking this is in place to protect the pop stars.
If the couple is successful through the reality show, Kandou TV will set up the wedding and it will be filmed.
So far the jury is out on how people are going to react to this news. One person had this reaction on Twitter — which pretty much says it all.
— composer choi (@yoojaesuks) October 2, 2014
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