But in the current, eighth, iteration of the show, which debuted June 26, MTV flipped the shtick by including only sexually fluid participants who are attracted to all genders, so that, in the parlance of promotional materials, anything goes!
Despite the somewhat sensationalizing premise and its potential land mines, the resulting show — four episodes in — is already one of the more provocative entries in reality dating TV, where queerness has previously been treated as the topic of a “special episode” add-on or as a scandalous plot twist.
That element takes a funnier turn through Jonathan, a more femme guy, who also has a crush on Justin.
To some degree, the housemates have to be serious about finding their “real” match — and in the show’s parlance, that means following your heart rather than your libido.
If they figure out all the correct pairings before the end of the season, the housemates will win a million dollars.
For the past seven seasons, the men have been paired with women, and women with men.
The housemates themselves have to figure out the “true love” couplings by undertaking a bunch of elaborate activities.
has became bigger than ever this summer when it returned for a third season.
(She chose the guy in the first season, and later claimed she was never bisexual and was simply “gay for pay.” Since then she also seemed to become a Nazi sympathizer.) More recently, Logo’s 2016 The Bachelor knockoff Finding Prince Charming was so in thrall to its straight counterpart — indicated by the casting of the bland, if well-built, Prince Charming — that it failed to establish its own identity.
It was mostly notable for its lack of drama and bad cast.
Boy Meets Boy, which aired in 2003 on Bravo, involved a Bachelor-style butch gay guy finding love among 15 suitors.
But the plot’s reductive pretense revolved around the fact that some of the suitors were secretly straight.