Online dates, blind dates, and the latest in ridiculous dating apps all make it hard to see people for who they really are.A new social experiment provides daters with a radical dating experience where before they bare their souls they bare everything else first.As ABC prepares to re-launch “American Idol” with Ryan Seacrest and Katy Perry, Fox has ordered a new singing competition to fill the void left by the long-running and hugely successful show.Titled “The Four,” Fox’s new series will pit four semi-finalists — chosen at the beginning of the series by a panel of “music industry experts” — against the audience, who will submit audition videos vying to replace one of the four on stage.If any of the four are outperformed by a challenger they’ll be replaced the following week.At the end of the competition, the four left standing will compete against one another and the winner will have the panelists join their team to “help shepherd the winner’s career and be fully invested in making him or her a breakout star.” None of the panelists or hosts have yet been announced.
We will follow along as two primitive daters each go on a total of three naked dates, including their first date with each other.Not since V for Vendetta thrust plastic Guy Fawkes masks onto the faces of the Occupy protesters has a mask played such a pivotal political role.Politics wasn't exactly the purpose that Steve Wintercroft had in mind for his animal masks, when he began designing and supplying them via craft website Etsy in 2013.“To fail [at the relationship], it hurts, and I really think this is the end of my marriage.” Sheila appears ready to throw in the towel, informing him that she plans to seek a divorce: “I don’t want to be with someone like you.” “Our marriage is a complete and utter failure,” she adds to the camera.“He clearly isn’t wiling to do anything besides justify his behavior."I made my first mask out of necessity," says the 37-year-old designer."I'd been invited to a friend's fancy dress party, and I always found fancy dress a bit of a pain.The announcement comes just months after ABC announced its plans to revive “Idol” just over a year after the show concluded its highly-rated 15-season run on Fox.Fox co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden revealed shortly after that “Idol” producer Fremantle Media rebuffed the network’s offer to bring back the show after a multi-year hiatus.Struggling for costume ideas and short of time, I raided the recycling bin and sat down with parcel tape, scissors and plenty of hot tea.An hour or so later, I'd made myself an animal mask."Steve's geometric animal mask was such a hit at the party that he decided to make the templates available online.