I couldn’t get a question in if I tried and I felt that the camera crew was trying to keep from laughing.

(After all, everything was being recorded.)My heart raced when we reached the next date destination: a dance studio. a hip-hop one where Britney Spears had allegedly studied.

To highlight how bad things were, “Updated for 2019 with social media trends and diverse couples of all ethnicities, ages and sexual orientations, each half-hour episode will feature strangers who are paired up and sent off on a blind date,” the network said in a statement.

came as a sea of reality dating shows hit syndication.

It stood out from the crowd by often showing awkward, unsuccessful dates in which the prospective partners had no romantic spark.

(Later, I came to find out that a lot of these tidbits helped spawn the thought bubbles.)I diligently answered the questions.

In the part about what you don’t like to do on dates, I put “dancing,” then specified it to hip-hop dancing (though ballroom was fine). and looked like he stepped off the set of Happy Days, his hair slicked back and wearing clothes from that era, which included a colorful, big-collared shirt and shiny shoes.

And, I found out he had his own oldies band and loved singing and dancing. That dance instructor was the most patient man on Earth, trying to teach me simple dance moves that I could not master. I heard crew members sighing and saying, “we’re almost out of time,” as they asked the instructor to show me the same move over and over again.

Finally, we had to move on to the dinner portion of the evening (phew! That could not be any worse than the dancing, I thought, feeling relieved.When I was in my twenties, I went on the show; I thought that I’d first be a guest on it, then apply to be a writer on it.Going on a (blind) date is nerve-racking enough — let alone if 4-5 people come along to film it and also have you bring a suitcase with some extra clothes "just in case" (a jacket, a dressy outfit for dinner, and a swimsuit). Dating on TV, fine, but appearing in a bathing suit, no way.“Dating has always been an awkward, contentious, sexy, and hilarious adventure.However, the magic of a blind date has gone away, replaced by the algorithms of dating apps, which have eroded dating into a casual meet-up to exchange preconceived notions,” they said. (I’m nearly hyperventilating writing and remembering this.) But, the super cool dance instructor and crew were waiting, as was my dance partner.