June 29, 2011 08:40 PM by Megan Thompson
NBC premiered its new show tonight, Love In The Wild. This new dating show brings 20 sexy and single contestants into the Costa Rica jungle in the hopes to find true love. Who was a great match? What was the first adventure? Keep reading to find out all the hightlights from this new show and find out which two contestants are eliminated first.
The contestants are flown into the Costa Rica jungle, 10 women in one plane and 10 men in the other plane. The host, Darren McMullen, welcomes the contestants to the adventure ahead of them. Each week the contestants will be teamed up as couples and will have to tackle an outdoor adventure together. There is a winning couple announced after each challenge and the lucky pair gets a night away from everyone else – at the “Oasis”. As the winning couple is enjoying the Oasis, the other contestants are left to decide if they are happy with their current partner or would rather get to know someone else. At the end of each episode two singles, one man and one woman are sent home.
There is no waiting around in this show, the girls are immediately instructed to pick their “partner” for the first adventure. As one contestant explains, “It’s like waiting to get picked for kickball in grade school.” Dawn selected the first number, so she gets to choose first.
Below are the partners for the first challenge:
Dawn Christjaener and Jared Ines
Vanessa Guerrero and Steele Dewald
Erica Scherle and Miles Haefner
Samantha Woods and Mike Spiro
Jessica Soares and Skip Sullivan
Kym Nguyen and Derek Leach
Heather and Benjamin Hooker
Brandee Dillehay and Adam
Jessica Soares and Jason Jackson
Theresa Trujillo and Peter Paris
The Adventure Begins:
Couples are then told to pick up a backpack and to build a raft, which will start them on a race through the jungle. The winner of the race gets more control of the couples that get to stay. Women reading maps, while trying to direct the men, of course tempers are going to flare! Some couples have a smooth adventure, while other struggle. Dawn and Jared’s raft falls apart and they are left floating in the water. Vanessa and Steele lose their map and are clueless of where to go!
Off the rafts, the teams now must start to navigate through the jungle to an observation tower. Mike and Samantha are in the lead and reach the tower first. The clue tells the contestants to climb the tower, enjoy the view and video tape their first kiss! Mike and Samantha gladly accept the challenge and share their first kiss. Some liked the kiss while others, like Theresa, was not fond of kissing her partner.
Mike and Samantha zip line over the water and are the first to reach the final destination. As winners of the challenge, the couple is swept away to the “Oasis”. The “Oasis” is a romantic destination where the couple can get to know each other better, in a private setting. The last couple to reach the destination is Dawn and Jared.
The winners, Mike and Samantha, open the doors to the Oasis and are amazed at how beautiful it is. It’s like the fantasy suite from the Bachelor. The remaining contestants head to the bungalows, which of course have only one bed in them. Where you really expecting bunk beds? Everyone is tired from the day’s journey; however the singles can’t resist to mingle in the hot tub. Ben’s humor annoys the other contestants. Vanessa tries to claim her man Steele – she doesn’t want any other woman looking at him!
The next day, Mike and Samantha wake up at the Oasis and prepare for their reward date. The date is a romantic breakfast overlooking a waterfall. The romantic connection between Mike and Samantha continues to grow as they kiss and play in the water. The remaining couples wake up and discuss how they think the elimination process will work. Vanessa expresses that if Steele chooses to partner up with someone else she will be devastated.
Couples Choice Ceremony:
Everyone prepares for the first “couples choice ceremony.” Couples are called up, in the order they finish the race, and each person has the choice to stay with their partner or choose another. The winning couple has one advantage; whoever the winner picks the person chosen cannot turn them down. It’s an adult game of musical chairs! Let the games begin!
Samantha and Mike are up first and because of their wonderful connection both of them choose to stay together. Heather and Ben are up next, and Ben decides he wants to switch. Ben asks Brandy to accept his invitation, and she does! That leaves Heather, who chooses to partner with Miles. Erica is upset that Miles chooses to leave their partnership. Brandy’s former partner is up next and he chooses Kym. Theresa and Peter are the next couple up and Peter wants out. Peter chooses Jessica and Theresa asks Skip. Jessica, Skip’s former partner, asks Derek to be her new partner. Erica chooses Jason as her new teammate. The final two couples are Vanessa and Steele and Dawn and Jared. Vanessa and Steele decide to stay together, so Dawn and Jared are eliminated. If you can follow that – we are impressed!
Tune in next week to see which couples remain strong and which couples start to crumble.
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