Love at First Kiss Producer Dishes on the 'Unbelievably Awkward' Contestant Who Needed 'Kissing Lessons'
Love at First Kiss premieres Aug. 3rd at 10 p.m. ET on TLC
Just when you thought you’ve seen it all when it comes to reality tv.
In an exclusive sneak peek at the first season of Love at First Kiss, we meet Josh, a 27-year-old non-profit single guy, who is looking for a relationship. But there’s a catch – he has never kissed anyone before.
“Today I am going to kiss a girl for the first time,” he says in the beginning of the clip. “I don’t even know how I made it 27 years without kissing a girl. It’s really crazy actually. None of my friends have waited that long. I don’t think anyone in human history has waited that long.”
While cleaning his ears and flossing his teeth, Josh admits to the camera that he’s “pretty shy when it comes to talking to girls. So, hopefully this can lead to something.”
“The only girls I’ve ever kissed in the world are my mom and grandma,” Josh adds. “There’s no way I’m going to kiss my mom and grandma the way I’m going to kiss this girl. So, I’ve been practicing by watching videos of people kissing. I guess I’ll pucker my lips and just kind of push them forward.”
“I really want to fall in love,” Josh reveals at the end. “What is she’s the one?”
The series takes a different spin on dating and allows singles to go beyond their comfort zones by kissing a total stranger, with absolutely no prior introduction. If either of the singles feel a spark after their first kiss, the pair can take a two-minute speed date. If that goes well, then the pair could have an actual date outside beyond the show.
Love at First Kiss‘ executive producer Bennett Graebner tells PEOPLE exclusively that Josh was a “sweetheart of a guy,” but he did need “kissing lessons” on the show.
[When Josh] came in to meet us, it was about 20 minutes into our conversation where he revealed that he has never kissed anyone before,” recalls Graebner. “He said ‘I’ve kissed my mom and grandmother, but I’ve never kissed anyone.’ We thought this was amazing.”
“Here’s an opportunity not only for us, but for the entire world to see this man kiss someone for the very first time and it’s unbelievably awkward,” he adds. “You realize how incredibly painful first kisses can be when you see this guy. In fact, we had to get him kissing lessons from a kissing coach, just so we can help him out a little bit.”
If Josh’s first kiss doesn’t go according to plan, Graebner admits that he could get a second and or third chance at it again.
“You see reoccurring characters,” says the producer. “If they came in and didn’t find love at first kiss and we really loved them and wanted to follow the journey and thought the audience would want to follow the journey, we bring them back for another chance. And then another chance after that to see if we could really find their match with a kiss.”
Love at First Kiss premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.