Jennifer Jedda has always wanted to be on a television dating show. The prospect of searching for love while America watches has always intrigued her and she hoped a potential match would feel the same.
So when the application for a new NBC reality dating show, First Dates, popped up on Jedda’s Facebook, she started thinking about the possibilities. Jedda, owner of Bellevue-based JJ Caprices, said it took several weeks to work up the courage to apply.
“Finally on a Thursday evening after happy hour I took a leap of faith and filled out the (numerous) questions about me, my life, my family, and my ideal partner. Then hit the submit button at about midnight,” she said.
That night, Jedda thought about the show, which aims to “explore the simple wonder of a first date” through fly-on-the-wall camera positions and an unscripted encounter with a hand-picked date. She thought about the possibility of meeting executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and narrator Drew Barrymore, not to mention a potential new love interest.
However, Jedda just wondered if her application would make it through the barrage of applications the studio likely received.
“I thought if I heard from them at all it would be in about a month,” she said. “The next morning I got a call from Hollywood saying they received my application and were interested in talking to me further.”
After a few phone calls and a Skype interview, Jedda soon found herself flying to Chicago where she would see if she had chemistry with her Seattle-based match.
“Everything you see on First Dates in authentic,” Jedda said of the show’s filming. “Beyond telling me what door to walk through, I was given zero instructions or scripts. What you will see is pretty much exactly what it is like to go on a blind/first date with me.”
First Dates airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on NBC. Tune in May 19 to see if Jedda and her date hit it off.