FOX’s upcoming reality show I Wanna Marry “Harry” features 12 women who ostensibly “love” a stranger and want to win his hand in marriage for a television show. The twist: it’s all about British royal “Prince Harry,” FOX used a lookalike and tricked the women, and apparently the contestants don’t know what their love interest looks like.
Lookalike Matthew Hicks has spoken out about how he got involved in the show, and the scandal surrounding its premise.
“It’s bizarre, that’s for sure,” Matthew told E! News at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. “It came to me about a year ago. I put some pictures online on a look-a-like website, and the production company found me, came up with the idea and said, ‘Let’s do it!'”
Here’s the shows’ synopsis: “What happens when 12 American women think they’re competing for the world’s most eligible bachelor? Watch a special preview before the Series Premiere, TUE 8/7c MAY 27.”
And here’s the original trailer:
“It was a confusing situation and the whole process was actually really elaborate to bring them around to that thinking,” Matthew added of the ruse. “Don’t blame it on the girls.”
Included are video profiles of some of the contestants, explaining why they want to marry a stranger for a reality show and what makes them different from the other girls.
Kimberly Birch, whose profile says she’s “looking for a guy who can keep her on her toes and make her laugh. He should probably have a car and a job, too.”
Rose Copeland, “may be looking for a guy who’s good to his mom, but find out what this delicate flower tells “Harry” she’d do to him behind closed doors.”
Chelsea Brookshire, “doesn’t see why “Harry” would go through this experience if it wasn’t something to be taken seriously.”
Karina Kennedy, is “a longtime fan of dating shows, Karina never thought she’d wind up on one – that is until I Wanna Marry ‘Harry’ came along.”
Carley Hawkins, “This pre-med student doesn’t have much free time between bartending, waiting tables, and her studies – but she also hasn’t met the right guy yet.”
Anna Lisa Matias, “The reigning Miss Los Angeles County, this fitness junkie is high energy and admittedly “a little bit of a diva” sometimes.”
Leah Thomas, “This Fort Worth, Texas native tends to get bored with men quickly – most of her relationships have lasted about two weeks.”
Kelley Andrews, “A self-professed ‘adrenaline junkie,’ Kelley will say yes to just about anything.”
Jacqueline Conroy, “This Long Island, New York native has “Harry” doing a spit take when she asks which he’d prefer to be called – boyfriend, sir or master?”