Newbold Auditorium was busy all-day Saturday due to back-to-back forums, but by 9 p.m. it was time for the last event of the day: The Dating Game. Freshmen to graduate students packed the Newbold Auditorium in anticipation for The Dating Game, even piling on the auditorium stairs, and all waited intently for the game to unfold.
The Dating Game, sponsored by the Black Student Christian Forum (BSCF), is taken from the 90s ABC television game show The Dating Game. In the show, a group of single bachelors and bachelorettes are given three contestants to choose from to go on a date with. The twist is that the bachelors and bachelorettes are not allowed to see their contestants, and will have to choose a suitor based on their answers to five questions they have prepared to ask.
Cameron Burton (junior, mechanical engineering), who participated in the first round as a contestant, said he enjoyed the experience.
The audience remained engaged the entire time, cheering loudly for their favorite contestant.
Yarianni Leal (freshman, pre-physical therapy), who attended The Dating Game, said, “It was a lot of fun to see the contestants answer the different questions. I liked seeing the different personalities of not only the contestants but the bachelors/bachelorettes as well”
Although the event was a success, there were some hiccups. Some of the contestants that were suppose to be in the game didn’t show up, but the organizers were quick to think on their feet.
They turned to the audience to see if anyone would volunteer and sure enough those places were filled.
Darius Bridges (freshmen, architecture) who volunteered at the last minute, said, “I was a pushed out of my seat by a friend and I thought, ‘Well I have to go up now.’ Honestly, it was a lot of fun especially since I didn’t have time to prepare. If not, I would’ve over thought it.”
Belissa Etienne (freshman, biology, pre-medicine), who was also chosen from the audience to participate in The Dating Game, said “I felt like I was participating a real a show! I loved hearing everyone cheer and laugh. But the best thing was winning. I got a rose ya’ll!”
According to those in attendance, the night was a success, and many have expressed the desire for BSCF to host The Dating Game again next year. To the lovely couples that were paired together, we hope they enjoy their dates, and maybe something might spark in the future!