The folks at FOX have announced the celebrity bachelors and bachelorettes for The Choice, their upcoming blind date show. They include a mixture of actors, singers, athletes and reality stars: Tyson Beckford, Jeremy Bloom, Dean Cain, Mike Catherwood, Jason Cook, DJ Pauly D, Rocco Dispirito, Rob Gronkowski, Taylor Hicks, Joe Jonas, Rob Kardashian, Steven Lopez, Finesse Mitchell, Dr. Robert Nettles, Romeo, Warren Sapp, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Ndamukong Suh, Seth Wescott, Parker Young, Hope Dworaczyk, Carmen Electra, Rima Fakih, and Sophie Monk.
The Choice dating series debuts on Thursday, June 7th and, for now, is scheduled for six episodes. Cat Deeley is the host.
Here’s FOX’s press release, which includes further details about the guests:
THE MOST ELIGIBLE CELEBRITIES GIVE LOVE A SPIN ON “THE CHOICE”
New Celebrity Dating Show Premieres Thursday, June 7 on FOX
Reality stars DJ Pauly D and Rob Kardashian, model Tyson Beckford, pro football superstars Rob Gronkowski and Ndamukong Suh, singer Joe Jonas and actors Carmen Electra and Dean Cain are among the celebrities who will vie for love on the hottest summer dating show, THE CHOICE, which debuts Thursday, June 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Hosted by Cat Deeley, THE CHOICE is the ultimate blind date for celebrity bachelors and bachelorettes competing for the hearts of attractive singles – they can’t see.
Participating celebrities include:
TYSON BECKFORD – The original male supermodel, Beckford was named one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 1995.
JEREMY BLOOM – This skiing legend won three World Championships and 11 World Cup Gold medals. He went on to play in the NFL and started the charity Wish of a Lifetime. He is currently an internet entrepreneur and a sports broadcaster.
DEAN CAIN – After being cast as Superman in the hit TV series, “Lois and Clark,” this standout athlete and Princeton grad has gone on to star in more than 90 films and television shows.
MIKE CATHERWOOD – Considered one of the most outrageous personalities on radio, Catherwood co-hosts the nationally syndicated show “Loveline with Dr. Drew” and recently appeared as a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars.”
JASON COOK – This Emmy-nominated actor won fans and melted hearts in his years on “Days of Our Lives.” For the past four years, he has heated up daytime TV as the rebellious “Dr. Matt Hunter” on “General Hospital.”
DJ PAULY D – Millions of viewers watch him every week on “Jersey Shore.” Last summer, he toured with Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj and now he’s the star of his own cable reality show and has a record deal with rapper 50 Cent.
ROCCO DISPIRITO – World-renowned chef and restaurateur, DiSpirito is also a best-selling author. His latest venture is the wildly popular “Now Eat This” food truck.
ROB GRONKOWSKI – NFL superstar Gronkowski has shattered records in touchdowns, receptions and receiving yards, helping carry the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl.
TAYLOR HICKS – Season Five winner of AMERICAN IDOL, this Alabama native has gone on to become a platinum-selling recording artist and was featured as one of People Magazine’s Hottest Bachelors in 2006.
JOE JONAS – He’s an international recording mega-star, who – with his brothers – has sold 20 million units, starred in two hit TV shows and sold out concerts worldwide. He recently released his debut solo album, “Fastlife.”
ROB KARDASHIAN – The son of reality television’s famous family has become a breakout star on “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and “Khloe and Lamar.”
STEVEN LOPEZ – A two-time Olympic Gold Medalist who is now training for a third; he is the only man ever to win five World Championships in Taekwondo. Lopez was named one of People Magazine’s Hottest Bachelors in 2004.
FINESSE MITCHELL – A stand-up comedian and former cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” he has appeared in dozens of TV shows and films and performed his live comedy act all over the world. Currently, he stars in the cable series “A.N.T. Farm.”
DR. ROBERT NETTLES – A renowned doctor who has pioneered a non-surgical rhinoplasty method that has transformed the medical world.
ROMEO – After signing a record deal at the age of five, this music prodigy’s first two albums went multi-platinum. He’s appeared in dozens of films, starred in his own TV show and now fronts the band RESQ3.
WARREN SAPP – This seven-time NFL All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year played pro football for 13 years, and is now an NFL analyst.
MIKE “THE SITUATION” SORRENTINO – As one of the most outrageous cast members on “Jersey Shore,” Sorrentino has transformed himself into an advertising pitchman, workout guru and all-around reality show icon.
NDAMUKONG SUH – He is one of the most-decorated players in college football history and was the 2010 NFL Rookie of the Year.
SETH WESCOTT – A two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner, Wescott medaled nine times in the X Games. When he’s not snowboarding the world’s best slopes, he spends time working with his charity, Level Field Fund, and hanging out at his own brewpub.
PARKER YOUNG – After graduation, this high school football star headed to Hollywood and was soon modeling for Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. He now stars as “Ryan Shay” on the primetime series, “Suburgatory.”
HOPE DWORACZYK – A model who walked the runway for Versace before landing Playboy’s first-ever 3-D centerfold. She also starred in “The Girls Next Door” and was 2010’s Playmate of the Year.
CARMEN ELECTRA – Having first made waves on “Baywatch,” Electra turned heads as a Pussycat Doll and has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows. She stars in her own line of “Aerobic Striptease” DVDs, and wrote the book, “How to be Sexy.”
RIMA FAKIH – Crowned Miss USA 2010, Fakih is now battling it out to become a pro wrestler on “WWE Tough Enough.”
SOPHIE MONK – This London-born performer got her break singing in the Australian pop band, Bardot. A successful modeling career led her to Hollywood and roles in “Date Movie” and “Click,” with Adam Sandler.
Filmed in front of a live audience, each episode begins with four of the world’s most eligible bachelors sitting in rotating chairs, turning their backs on love and unable to see the attractive singles looking for a date with fame. In this initial “Blind Round,” each celebrity can only use his suitors’ voices – as they share information about their life, passions, turn-ons and turn-offs – to help himself make THE CHOICE. When the celebrity bachelor likes what he hears, he pulls his “love handle,” spinning his chair around to bring him face-to-face for the first time with his potential mate. If more than one celebrity pulls the handle, they must battle it out for her affection until the attractive single gets THE CHOICE to pick whose dating pool she wants to swim in.
Once each bachelor has his three hotties, the teams enter the “Speed Choice” round, where each woman has only seconds to convince her leading man to sweep her off her feet to the final round.
In the final round, love is on the line when host Cat Deeley poses a challenge question to each of the team’s final two. The celebrities must then make THE CHOICE between each of their two remaining eligible ladies, whisking one away on a dream date and leaving one in no man’s land.
THE CHOICE is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions (HELL’S KITCHEN and KITCHEN NIGHTMARES). Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Scott St. John (“Deal or No Deal”) serve as executive producers.
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What do you think? Will you be tuning in to see this celebrity version of the Dating Game?