If you're a Netflix binger or a pop culture lover, you've probably heard something about Netflix's new dating show, Love Is Blind, which dropped on February 13, 2020. It's turning heads with its premise: Men and women try to meet their match, but they can't actually meet until they're engaged
It's an interesting—if not a little confusing—concept, which is why Nick and Vanessa Lachey, the show's hosts, stopped by Rachael Ray to break it all down.
Here's how it works: Pairs of men and women begin by entering speed dating pods, where they can talk to but not see each other. Contestants can request additional time with someone they're interested in, but they still can't look at each others' faces.
The contestants live together on-set, separated by gender. Over the course of a few weeks, they continue going on "dates" in the pods until they find someone they're ready to propose to (or until they decide they no longer want to continue with the experiment).
The overall goal is to create stronger emotional bonds, Nick said. "People were there because they were fed up with the typical dating scenarios. This provided the opportunity to get to know people on the most raw level."
To facilitate even stronger emotional ties, the contestants do not have access to phones, TVs, or computers. "They had nothing to do but sit there and think about themselves and the other person," Vanessa said.
If all of this is surprising, it's even more mind-boggling how quickly the couples formed. "Within the first week, people were in love and ready to propose," Vanessa said. "Some were even ready to propose after three days."
Couples do spend plenty of time together before actually getting married, Nick reassured Rach. (She thought coupoles only met face-to-face when they were stander at the altar.) They meet each others' families, live together in an apartment, and do all the other couple things. But, Nick explained, the proposal has to come first.
Some viewers, Rach included, love the show's ability to create longing and desire—like the way "great literature and poetry" do, Rach said. "That's what fuels romance."
What's even sweeter is that Nick and Vanessa actually fell in love over a series of long-distance phone calls, they told Rach. Something they both enjoy about the show is, as Nick explained, "the hours and hours of an old-school way to fall in love with someone."
This method certainly worked for Vaness and Nick. When they played a couples game with Rach, their answers to questions like "Who said I love you first?" "Who's the better cook?" and "Who takes longer to get ready in the morning" were totally in sync. (Psst, Rach even revealed who's who in her marriage, and the answers might just surprise you!)
Would you agree to get engaged to someone without having met them face-to-face? Let us know in the comments!