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A British Game Show format that takes Speed Dating to a slightly different level. Or if you want to be technical, The Dating Game meets 1 vs. 100.

One man faces 30 bachelorettes, all of which are standing at podiums with lights on them. At any point, they can press a button to turn off their light — thus taking themselves out of contention — if they themselves are turned off by the bachelor in some way (in other words, "no likey, no lighty"). If all 30 women turn off their lights, the game ends immediately.

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The game proper consists of several rounds of promotional material about the bachelor, beginning with an introduction and entry to the Leitmotif of his choice, followed by other segments (such as a talent presentation, and filmed segments detailing the bachelor's personality, interests, etc). After the third round, the bachelor narrows down the remaining field to two (if it hadn't naturally been reduced to two on its own), and receives a chance to ask one question each to both of them. The bachelor then gets to decide which of the women they want to go on a date with, typically to "Fernando's" (or Cyprus in Series 3, or the "Take Me Out Resort" in the U.S. version), the result of which gets shown on the next episode.

The show is based off an Australian format, which was aired on ITV1 in the United Kingdom. While some have thought the show to be cheap and lowbrow, it became a sleeper hit for the network; its Series 2 premiere netted almost 6 million viewers. An American version debuted on Fox on June 7, 2012, hosted by George Lopez, managing to be very faithful to its British counterpart, but not as revolutionary. That would be the China version If You are the One.

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  • Personnel
    • Game Show Host: Paddy McGuinness, George Lopez on U.S. version
    • The Announcer: Mark Thompson for the U.S. version (who is seemingly the announcer for every Fox game show)

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  • Catchphrase: "Single man, reveal yourself!"
  • Chippendales Dancer: The first U.S. episode had a contestant who pretty much ended up being one. His talent demonstration (billed by Lopez as something that would be happening on the show for the first time ever .. despite only being the first aired: which means its either Sarcasm Mode or Out of Order) turned off the one remaining person. As if saying that he would "bring Jersey Shore to the Las Vegas Strip" wasn't enough of a turn-off.
  • Foreign Remake: The British and US versions, and now China too.
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  • Hurricane of Puns: The hosts must be paid by how many cheesy puns and catchphrases they can spout off per show.
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