Production company Kinetic Content has teamed up with FYI Network to bring viewers another radical social experiment, "Kiss Bang Love". This awkward, yet very intriguing concept gives singles yet another unconventional way of meeting their possible soulmate.
The question begs, when you take physicality out of the equation, what role does chemistry play in the connecting of people?
From the show's concept, to hygiene, to protocol, I've got a behind-the-scene look at "Kiss Bang Love" in this exclusive interview with executive producer, Sam Dean.
Can you share the concept behind #KissBangLove?
Many believe that kissing is not only a lot of fun, but also serves a purpose in mate selection and determining compatibility between two people. Some reports suggest that a great kiss can stimulate the pleasure centers in our brain as we release chemicals such as dopamine and oxytocin which make us feel euphoric and bonded to our partner. A bad kiss however, can stimulate our stress hormones and ultimately discourage us from pursuing the potential match. In addition a kiss can offer insight into someone’s personality; are they aggressive, gentle, dominant, romantic etc. Therefore "Kiss Bang Love" explores this theory- can a single kiss determine the potential for true love? Do we have the ability to assess the long-term suitability of a partner with a kiss?
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What happens between each blindfolded “contestant” that viewers don’t see?
Between each kiss the main kisser and her kissees' have time to freshen up: brush their teeth, use mouth wash; have make up touched up; re-hydrate, and build up their nerve.
Do the friends that are watching and providing commentary get to interact with the lead to give feedback?
Because they know the kisser’s dating preferences, habits and history best, the friends/family’s commentary provides a valuable insight to the audience throughout the kissing process. The kisser’s friends/family are not permitted to influence the kisser’s decision and have no contact with the kisser until they have made their final decision.
Is having a “contestant” from the past a part of each show and if so, why?
In our premiere episode, Dani’s friends nominated one of her ex-boyfriends, Dan, to participate in the experiment. Neither Dani nor Dan knew the other was involved. Dani’s friends felt that there was still great potential and unfinished business between the two. It is, however, not a standard format point to include a previous love interest in each episode. It is dependent on each of our main kisser’s personal situations.
Why do you have the lead kiss the one they are choosing in front of the other vs. having a more private setting?
We wanted to raise the stakes and for everyone to find out the decisions at the same time.
Do you follow up with the couples post-show?
We keep in touch with the participants and track the progression of their love story.
"Kiss Bang Love" is like watching "The Bachelor" on steroids...minus the catty drama. It's one of the most intriguing shows that I can't stop watching. Tune in with me on Tuesday nights at 10/9c on FYI.
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