“Red Hot Date” to Bring Valley Singles Together
By Marissa Willman
Single in the desert? Valerie Wells and her crew at “Red Hot Date” might change that.
The new local dating show to be filmed at the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs is aimed at providing a new way for Coachella Valley singles to meet.
“We’re taking the old school ‘Dating Game’ and we’re giving it to a more modern, edgy approach that involves the audience a lot more,” Wells said.
One contestant will be in the hot seat and ask three potential dates a series of questions, similar to the original “Dating Game” show. But Wells and her team are bringing a modern approach to the new dating show, incorporating audience involvement for a more dynamic and entertaining experience. The audience will get a chance to ask questions and choose their favorite pick for the hot seat contestant to date.
The live tapings of “Red Hot Date” will also double as a singles mixer of sorts, allowing ample opportunities for single audience members to mingle and choose dates. Before the taping, audience members can enjoy drinks and music poolside at the casino. During the show, audience members will have a chance to answer trivia questions, win prizes and pick other audience members to go on dates with.
With its two-week format, “Red Hot Date” will double-down as a reality television show by alternating a dating game episode with an episode that follows the new pair on their first date.
Wells said “Red Hot Date” will feature local business owners and other well-known faces in the desert communities in addition to regular contestants.
“We want people who are honestly looking to meet someone,” Wells said. “People who are looking to make a connection.”
Wells is the executive producer of Edge TV, a popular local entertainment show that has run for two years on KRET. Wells has also worked on shows such as “America’s Next Top Model” and “Legends’ House.”
Wells is bringing a couple of familiar radio and TV personalities to the set of “Red Hot Date” as hosts. Craig Michaels, who hosted “Eye on the Desert,” will be the onstage host. Cirenia Guerrero, who hosted her own show on Telemundo for four years and produces the “Charge It Up” series of motivational seminars, will be the audience host who facilitates interaction between the audience and the people on stage.
“I think that there’s a big need for something like this,” Guerrero said, “especially because right now there’s so many more single people here than I’ve ever seen.”
The first taping of “Red Hot Date” is scheduled for June 15th. The show will air on Saturdays at 11 a.m. beginning on June 29th on KRET-TV Channel 14 on Time Warner Cable and Channel 22 on Verizon FiOS.
To learn more about Red Hot Date, for ticket information or to apply to be a contestant, go to hotdateshow.com. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Valerie Wells at (619) 787-8852.