M-Net is doubling up on love-seeking reality and has commissioned Finding the One, a new blind-dating reality show as a companion show to The Bachelor South Africa that will start on the channel on Valentines Day, 14 February 2019.
Entries for Finding the One will close on 14 February, with the new series, produced by Okuhle Media, that will start on M-Net (DStv 101) during the second half of 2019.
Finding the One, described as "a fresh and fun-filled highly original new blind-dating reality show" is specifically for "everyone who has lost faith in impersonal online sites and apps for desperate singles", as well as people who have had their hearts broken too many times in the past.
"Finding The One will hand back the matchmaking power to real people, the ones who know you best – your friends and family," says M-Net.
People who want to find the one - with a little help from their loved ones, or who want to nominate a lonely soul deserves your help, can enter at www.mnet.tv/findingtheone.
In Finding the One, three people who want only the absolute best for a single friend or family member, join forces to take on the important task of identifying three potential love interests from a dating pool.
During the first crucial phase, the panel of three will sift through potential dating diamonds and dust.
They will consider every single piece of information they can dig up about the potential love matches, grill them with difficult questions, dissect their social media profiles and conduct compatibility gauges.
Once the investigation has been completed, three candidates will get the green light for a group date with the panel, allowing them to probe a little deeper, test compatibility and size up the candidates.
This is also where the power starts to shift. The panel now also has to persuade the potential love interests, and the final chosen one, that their single friend is indeed a catch in a million.
Will the panel manage to identify and hone a true "connection"? If it's a "yes", their chosen one will go on a high-stakes blind date with their single friend. If not, the friend will arrive alone at a romantic dinner table for two.
The question is: Do your friends "get you" enough to find you the one, and will that one be attracted to you in return?
"There's a great deal of jeopardy involved in this one-of-a-kind new dating show that will create loads of drama, suspense and fun," says Lani Lombard, M-Net's head of publicity.
"We have been bringing viewers local versions of the very best big-format international reality shows, but shows like The Wedding Bashers and The Wild Ones have recently showed that our viewers also crave formats that are created by our own content creators."
"Finding the One is an innovative, entertaining way of showcasing South Africans who want to do what’s best and see their dear ones happy and in love. It's a great family show with which everyone will be able to identify!"
M-Net is looking for a diverse array of potential love seekers across genders and sexual preferences.
You have to be South African citizen and be over the age of 18 and single – either never married or legally divorced. The three panel members can include family members, colleagues, friends or even former lovers, who will know your romantic needs, and meet the requirements stipulated in the terms and conditions published on the M-Net website.