|Dale Inghram (Offscreen)|
|Telepictures Distribution (First 3 Seasons)|
Warner Bros. Television (Last 3 Seasons)
Elimidate was a reality dating game show.
One contestant (sometimes female, but usually male) chooses between four members of the opposite sex by eliminating them one by one in three rounds. He/She meets his/her four dates one by one, and then gives his/her first impression in a confessional-style cut scene. The other four contestants then size each other up along with the contestant within their own confessional scenes.
The group of five is cut one-by-one each round and in each round the group usually goes to a different place. The show starts out in the late afternoon at a public place (e.g. a city park or restaurant). Then, when there are only two suitors left, the setting moves to a hot tub or VIP area of a club where different sexual actions are apt to happen.
Typically, the contestants are very competitive and direct insulting comments towards one another many times during an episode. There are rare cases of fighting, but "catty" bickering is the major draw of the show. The extremity of some of the cattiness suggests handling and line-feeding from producers, and contestants respond to these situations in interview sequences filmed after the fact. Most eliminations are preceded by some variation of the phrase “I liked everybody but unfortunately the name of the game is 'elimiDATE', so I have to make a cut. So I decided to cut....” Contestants who are cut have the opportunity to react to their dismissal. Many eliminated contestants, who are often visibly intoxicated, insult the contestant who eliminated them, claiming, “He/she wasn’t my type anyway.” Although the four suitors usually compete intensely for the main contestant, there was at least one instance in which two female suitors left with each other because they were so disgusted with the male contestant.
In 2002, a short lived British version aired on ITV, presented by former Atomic Kitten singer Kerry Katona. It generated some controversy when contestant Donovan Russell lodged a complaint with the Broadcasting Standards Commission alleging that the programme was "fixed" and contestants were told in advance who to pick. Although the complaint was not upheld, the series was dropped midway through its run.