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Finding Prince Charming is an American reality-TV dating show that premiered on the cable network Logo on September 8, 2016. It is hosted by actor and pop singer Lance Bass. Robert Sepúlveda Jr., an interior designer based in Atlanta, was cast as a suitor for the first season.

Finding Prince Charming
FPrinceCharmingLogo.png
Presented by Lance Bass
Starring See below
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Brian Graden
  • Dave Mace
  • Fred Birckhead
  • Nick Murray
  • Chris McCarthy
  • Pamela Post
  • Stevenson Greene
Location(s) Los Angeles
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) Brian Graden Media
Release
Original network Logo
VH1
Original release September 8, 2016 (2016-09-08) – present
External links
Website www.logotv.com/shows/finding-prince-charming

The concept of the show is modeled after The Bachelor, but instead of having a rose ceremony, it features a black tie ceremony. This is also the first dating show featuring non-heterosexual male contestants since Bravo's Boy Meets Boy and Fox's Playing It Straight.[1][2]

Contents

ProductionEdit

The American cable network Logo ordered production of Finding Prince Charming on July 12, 2016, and announced that Lance Bass would host of the series.[3][4] Shortly after the announcement, reports of the alleged suitor began and filming began in July 2016.[5] Brian Graden, Dave Mace, Fred Birckhead, Nick Murray, Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Stevenson Greene are recognized as the series' executive producers; it is produced and distributed by Brian Graden Media.[6]

On October 13, 2016, the series was renewed for a second installment.[7] Applications for season two became available on November 3, 2016, and closed on November 16, 2016. Five suitors would be submitted to public voting and the winning suitor would be featured on season two as a contestant. Voting begins on November 18 to November 23, 2016.[8]

FormatEdit

A cast of thirteen gay suitors, including Ohio native Patrick Donovan, will live together in one house, with a Prince Charming, in the search for love. Each week the Prince Charming will go on group or solo dates with different men. At the end of the episode, Prince Charming will have to eliminate contestants in a "black tie" ceremony, where black ties will be given to the guys he wants to keep and get to know more, while the guys who do not get a black tie will be eliminated. At the end of the process, Prince Charming will choose one man to try a relationship with outside of the series.

ContestantsEdit

The cast consists of 13 eligible men from the ages of 26–35.[9][10][11]

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Outcome Ref.
Eric Leonardos 35 Los Angeles, CA Hair Stylist Winner [12]
Brandon Kneefel 29 Los Angeles, CA Behavioral Healthcare Administrator Runner-Up [13]
Dillon Powell 26 West Hollywood, CA Fashion Publicist and Designer Quit in week 8 [14]
Justin Roisom 29 Seattle, WA Model and Project Manager Eliminated in week 7 [15]
Chad Aaron Spodick 32 New York, NY Real Estate Agent Quit in week 6 [16]
Robby LaRiviere 26 West Hollywood, CA Beauty Expert Eliminated in week 5 [17]
Paul Hollowell 34 Dallas, TX Tanning Company Founder Eliminated in week 4 [18]
Danique 30 Los Angeles, CA Business Analyst Eliminated in week 3
Sam Provenzano 31 Chicago, IL Director of Planned Giving Quit in week 3 [19]
Jasen Kaplan 33 New York, NY Celebrity Makeup Artist Eliminated in week 2 [20][21]
Brodney McClinton 34 Atlanta, GA Personal Trainer Eliminated in week 1 [22]
Nick Barbati 31 Hamilton, NJ College Event Administrator Eliminated in week 1 [23]
Charlie 26 Hermosa Beach, CA Manny Eliminated in week 1

Contestants' ages are at the time of filming.

Contestant ProgressEdit

Suitor 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Eric IN IN IN IN IN IN IN WINNER
Brandon IN IN IN IN IN IN IN ELIM
Dillon IN IN IN IN IN IN IN QUIT
Justin IN IN IN IN IN IN ELIM
Chad IN IN IN IN IN QUIT
Robby IN IN IN IN ELIM
Paul IN IN IN ELIM
Danique IN IN ELIM
Sam IN IN QUIT
Jasen IN ELIM
Brodney ELIM
Nick ELIM
Charlie ELIM
     The contestant received the first black tie or was called first to keep his black tie.
     The contestant received the last black tie or was the last one called to keep his black tie.
     The contestant quit the competition.
     The contestant was eliminated.
     The contestant was the runner up.
     The contestant won Finding Prince Charming.

ControversyEdit

A week before the premiere, an industry trade report revealed that series star Robert Sepulveda Jr. had previously worked as an escort.[24] The following week, he discussed having turned to sex work while in his 20s, and also spoke about a pornographic video released by what he characterized as a disgruntled ex-boyfriend.[25][26][27] Logo said it was aware of Sepulveda's history.[28] Contestant Chad Aaron Spodick claimed he had been fired from his job following the controversy.[29]

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "A Second First Impression" September 8, 2016 (2016-09-08) 158,000 (Logo)[30]
184,000 (VH1)[30]
Thirteen suitors arrive at a mansion anxiously awaiting to meet their Prince Charming. Robert, a gorgeous Atlanta-based interior designer, is the Prince Charming looking for the love of his life.
2 "The Canary" September 15, 2016 (2016-09-15) 158,000[31]
Robert and the suitors set out for a day at the beach; and two of the men are chosen for solo dates with Robert. In other events, a suitor is accused of inappropriate behavior.
3 "Sensing a Connection" September 22, 2016 (2016-09-22) 196,000[32]
Robert and some of the guys go on dates with the other suitors. The dates consist of lips which is wine testing and flexibility.
4 "Appetite for Love" September 29, 2016 (2016-09-29) 123,000[33]
Robert chooses 3 dates. Appetizer,Main Meal and Desert. Jealousy starts to kick in through some of the boys. Robert excersies with some of the guys.
5 "Man Behind the Mask" October 6, 2016 (2016-10-06) 137,000[34]
The boys are asked to make a mask for Robert for a masquerade ball. The masks are supposed to reveal a secret that Robert or anyone doesn't know about. A shocking elimination leaves the house crazed.
6 "What About Robert" October 13, 2016 (2016-10-13) 160,000[35]
7 "A Family Affair"[36] October 27, 2016 (2016-10-27) 157,000[37]
Robert introduces the remaining suitors to his family, and his family's reactions cause him to rethink his connection to one of the suitors.
8 "The Last Black Tie"[36] November 3, 2016 (2016-11-03) 131,000[38]
Robert takes the final three to a final getaway, a one will win Prince Charming and A shocking, injury happens.
9 "Reunion: All Tied Up"[36] November 10, 2016 (2016-11-10) 124,000[39]
Robert and all 13 suitors discuss their experiences and answer questions posed by Lance Bass in a talk show setting.

ReferencesEdit

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