Netflix’s hit reality dating show “Love Is Blind” took America by storm when it premiered as a three-week event in February 2020. Due to stay-at-home orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it quickly became an escape for viewers. According to Vulture, during the week of the finale, it was the No. 1 trending show on Netflix. Following its success, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on Feb. 11. People confirmed that Netflix has renewed “Love Is Blind” for three more seasons, with the promise of plenty more drama ahead.
Season 3 dropped its first batch of episodes on Oct. 19, and it’s already a hit with fans. Season 4 is rumored to have just wrapped filming, and a fifth season is apparently in the works. If you’re intrigued by the possibility of appearing on reality TV, read on to learn what it takes to get cast on an upcoming season.
- What is “Love Is Blind” about?
- Who is in the cast of “Love Is Blind”?
- How does the casting process work for “Love Is Blind”?
- When does filming for “Love Is Blind” Seasons 4 and 5 start?
- Where can you find “Love Is Blind” casting calls and auditions?
- Who is the casting director for “Love Is Blind”?
- What are the best tips for landing a spot on “Love Is Blind”?
“Love Is Blind” has a unique premise: For 10 days, men and women go on speed dates—but the kicker is that they are unable to see one another. The contestants are put into pods where they can relax, drink wine, and chat—all while not being able to have any physical interactions with their date.
When a contestant decides they’ve found the one, they propose in the pod—still without seeing the person they’re popping the question to. Following the proposal, the pair finally get to meet one another, then are whisked away on a tropical vacation together. During this getaway, contestants also meet the other engaged couples. Afterward, the two move into an apartment together and meet each other’s families. On the day of the wedding, the couple meets at the altar and decides if they really want to go through with the marriage or call it quits.
Husband-and-wife duo Nick and Vanessa Lachey will likely continue as hosts on upcoming seasons, considering they’re already dropping details about Seasons 4 and 5. So it’s safe to say these two are in it for the long haul.
Here’s a look at the real stars of “Love Is Blind” Season 3: the contestants.
Tony Taylor, medical device sales rep
Dakota Easley, aerospace engineer
Brennon Lemieux, water treatment engineer
Zach Gordon, medical school student and interior quality control manager
Dale Dalida, cybersecurity student
Simmer Bajwa, director of marketing technology
Nash Buehler, realtor
Cole Barnett, realtor
Anthony LaScalea, attorney
Matt Bolton, private charter sales executive
Bartise Bowden, senior analyst
Sikiru “SK” Alagbada, data engineer
Andrew Liu, director of operations
DaVonté Black, fitness development coach
Julian Torres, managing director of operations
Ashley Randermann, chiropractor
Kalekia Adams, ICU nurse practitioner
Brannigan Maxwell, critical care nurse
Nancy Rodriguez, real estate investor
Chelsey Jordan, customer success manager
Colleen Reed, ballet dancer and digital PR strategist
Charita Scott, makeup artist
Valerie Truong, dermatologist
Amanda Peterson, stylist
Zanab Jaffrey, realtor
Raven Ross, pilates instructor
Alexa Alfia, insurance agency owner
Jessica “Jess” Gumbert, senior event producer
Loren Langenbeck, medical device representative
Kimberlee Clarke, teacher and coach
Kinetic Content looks for contestants to be on the show. Those who want to take their shot at finding love on the series should fill out an application on this website. All contestants must live in the city where the season is filming, so they can move in together following their experience in the pods and on the couples’ retreat. “Love Is Blind” Season 1 was filmed in Atlanta, Season 2 was filmed in Chicago, and Season 3 was filmed in Dallas—so it’s clear the showrunners have an affinity for major metropolitan locales.
Series creator Chris Coelen opened up to Entertainment Weekly about what the team looks for when casting the show. “We have a great casting department, and they reached out to people who they felt would be genuinely interested in this kind of commitment,” he explained. “I think that’s really key; we want people who aren’t just doing it for the attention. There’s certainly plenty of places for people who want to do stuff for the attention. We wanted to be really dealing with people who were genuinely interested in it.”
According to eyewitness reports, per the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, Season 4 began filming in Seattle in May. Netflix reportedly issued a casting call in the area in fall 2021, and judging by a reader-submitted image, said contestants had already met when the photo was taken in spring 2022. This means the fourth season most likely has wrapped filming—and that it could be premiering sooner than anticipated.
As for Season 5, Mary Myers, a casting producer for “Love Is Blind,” posted a carousel of images indicating that the reality show was seeking applicants as of September. The team is looking for talent in Charlotte, North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; Tampa, Florida; and Detroit.
Fill out an application here. You’ll also need to prepare a 15-second video, provide photos, and answer a series of personal questions.
Donna A. Driscoll is the head of casting at Kinetic Content. She has previously put together the ensembles of “Married at First Sight,” “Little Women,” and “Spy Games.” She was also in the casting department of “The Amazing Race” and “Shear Genius.”
Driscoll talked to Screen Rant about the casting process, noting that social media plays a big part in the decision-making process. “You can tell a lot about a person through the content on their social media, like their personality, their goals, and their interpersonal relationships,” she explained. “We look for a myriad of tells about who a person is on their social media, and we do outreach on a grassroots level everywhere.” Once her team finds someone to reach out to, the interview process begins. “The vetting consists of one phone call at the start, and then a casting producer interview via Skype. They would sometimes do two or three of those; it all depends on the person.”
Asked what she looks for in potential contestants, Driscoll added, “Well, for guys and girls alike, we're always looking for people who are marriage-minded; and we don’t want players. You can tell that about somebody from the first phone conversation, usually, especially if you’ve been in casting for a long time for a reality or docuseries. You just have a good sense. And we asked a lot of questions that were pretty good tells about that.”
Driscoll added that an ideal contestant should project earnestness. “I think that they’re genuine…and excited about the opportunity,” she explained. “If that can come across in some way, and if a lot of their answers lead with love.”
Chris Coelen said the key to choosing contestants is seeking out people who truly want to find love. “We picked participants, really, based on the feelings that they expressed and our judgment about whether or not they were really interested in exploring a lifelong relationship and/or getting married,” he explained to Express.
Donna A. Driscoll echoed the sentiment in conversation with ScreenRant. “Personality is huge, especially in an experiment like this,” she emphasized. “I know I sound repetitive, but I can’t say this enough: The most important detail to all of this is if they’re genuinely ready for a serious relationship and looking for a life partner.
“When I saw the success of the show, I was like, ‘Wow, we’re going to have to be really diligent about casting next season,’” she continued. “And I feel like we’re still having a lot of conversations about that; but I feel like, at that point, we’re going to have to incorporate people who are close to the candidates in their everyday life into the conversation at a certain point.”
But who should apply in the first place? Season 2 fan favorite Deepti Vempati offered some helpful advice. “Don’t waste someone’s time,” she told Distractify. "So really think about if you want to be in a committed relationship with somebody. And if you think you have it in you, if you have the emotional capacity to…care about somebody in this type of setting, to go through something that is a very emotional process and to be filmed while doing it, [you should apply],” she said. She added that only those who are “ready to be in a committed relationship” and “take the leap of faith to get married to somebody in a short period of time” should consider joining the cast.
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