Those of us old enough to remember the Summer of 2004 (also known as “The Light Years”) get a gleam in our eyes when we recall the reality show gem that was Superstar USA.
Born during the infancy of then-ratings juggernaut American Idol, Superstar USA aimed to capitalize on the success of its predecessor with a spoof series that poked fun at the talent show format — all by tricking horrible contestants into actually thinking they had the vocal chops to be the next Kelly Clarkson. Superstar USA lasted just one season, but the cruel and unusual idea of having a little fun at the expense of reality star hopefuls is re-emerging for the Twitter generation.
This time, instead of singing, it’s love that will serve as the show’s premise.
Ah — which brings us to the point of today’s post. Ever thought about marrying Prince Harry?
That’s the premise of I Wanna Marry ‘Harry’ — a new Fox reality show in which 12 wannabe princesses compete for the opportunity to wed Prince William’s kid brother. Not a bad way to ensure a ratings bonanza…if only the entire thing weren’t bogus.
The guy the contestants think is the royal ginger is actually lookalike Matthew Hicks, described as “an average English bloke” who’s been given a regal makeover in order to convince the women he’s Prince Harry.
We’ve got five bucks that says this isn’t gonna end well.
Unethical…perhaps. Fox, however, is excited about the rollout of its Bachelor-like romance.
“Will he be able to convince them he’s regal? And if he does, will they fall for the crown, or fall in love with the real him? Join ‘Harry’ as he courts each of the ladies, taking them on romantic dates worthy of a princess and trying to make some version of their fairytales come true.”
I Wanna Marry Harry will premiere Tuesday, May 27 on Fox. That is, if Parliament doesn’t get to it first.