The similarities of I Wanna Marry "Harry" to Joe Millionaire definitely triggered some feelings of uncertainty and insecurity for me.
At first glance, I like Kimberly. She said something along the lines of how she doesn't care to be with a prince, just someone who cares for her and treats her well and she seems genuine. Matt a.k.a. Harry comes across as sincere, earnest and naturally uncertain of how, if at all, he can successfully pull off this hoax. And, the masquerade ball premiere couldn't be more apropos: Let the mystery and deception begin!
Interestingly, Matt remarks how American woman are "loud and brash" and don't know how to use their "indoor voices" yet he sends home Leah, one of the more seemingly quiet women. Just as creative as the premise, Fox has equally selected a fun mix of 12 personalities: Overly confident, overly guileless and overly trusting. Goodness, where do they find these women (sympathetic smile)?
Initial thoughts on the show
Just when I thought they've covered every reality show idea ... Fox is at it again! I suppose it has been a decade, so in all fairness, a good deceptive reality show was due.
Will the women believe they are competing for a prince?
It certainly feels a little far fetched, but I'm sure some of the contestants will fall for the misrepresentation. Others will likely know or at the very least, suspect, they are not dating the real Harry.
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Surprisingly, I never felt bothered by the premise of the show. I was more caught off guard after seeing the first preview and learning the working title The Big Choice was changed to Joe Millionaire. I felt like there was a lot more judgment directed at participants who would partake in a show with "millionaire" in the title.
How producers fool the women
They went through great lengths to ensure we were deceived on Joe Millionaire. At one point, they called an "emergency" meeting with Evan and his legal entourage to help mollify our suspicions.
Regardless, Evan and I have stayed in touch and are on friendly terms.
How I spent my $500,000 winnings
I paid off my mom's mortgage and bought her a new car. It brought me great happiness to help her as she made immense sacrifices for me over the years. She always juggled two to three jobs and we often relied on homeless shelters for meals. So I'm sure you can imagine how privileged I felt to share my winnings.