Explains the process a little further.
Who Wants to Be 'Married By America'?
February 25, 2003
While we wait to find out if "Joe Millionaire"'s EVAN MARRIOTT and ZORA ANDRICH really do take a walk down the aisle, FOX is introducing the next in its lineup of unscripted dating shows.
"Married By America," created by the producers of the ratings-breaking "Joe Millionaire" series, premieres Monday, March 3, from 8-10 p.m. In it, viewers will follow five singles -- three gals and two guys -- who put their trust in the viewing public to pick their Mr. or Miss Rights.
ET spoke with several of the contestants to find out just what is in store.
"I'm spontaneous, so I think that this is going to be a lot of fun," pretty-in-pink BILLIE JEAN, an Army brat, volunteers. "Hopefully, I can find someone that I can marry and love."
The contestants were found in all manner of ways. For example, JENNIFER, a beautiful blonde from Atlanta, was approached by a casting director at a bar. "I have the opportunity to have a lot America scoured to find the perfect person for me," she tells ET of her decision to participate. "I have been out in the dating world for a while, and I have had no luck. So why not use all the resources you can?"
With the help of relationship experts, five potential matches will be nominated for each contestant. Then the participants' friends and family will narrow them down, following which, viewers will be able to call in and vote for their choice for the perfect match for each of the five contenders. Then, and only then, will the five couples meet to explore the possible love match.
"The fact that my friends and family are going to be provided with four or five quality people gives me more comfort than if they were to go out and find someone," Jennifer adds. Even so, she reveals, "I can't describe to you all the feelings I went through. It was complete and utter terror. I think I lost six pounds in two weeks."
Following its two-hour premiere, "Married by America," will resume on Wednesday, March 5, at 9 p.m. The following Monday, it returns to its regular 9 p.m. Monday night timeslot.
"I know my Mr. Right is out there," says brunette JILL, from Long Island, who has a master's degree in broadcasting. "Whether or not he's here, wherever he lives, I'm going to find him."
For more on "Married by America," catch tonight's ET!