A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila



10-11 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9

This is what passes for a love connection circa 2007: gather 32 strangers (16 straight and male, 16 gay and female) at a mansion and eliminate candidates until you find the one with the key to your sexually conflicted heart.

So it goes in this twist on "The Bachelor" and "Boy Meets Boy" that casts Vietnamese-born model and singer Tila Tequila (previously Tila Nguyen) as a bisexual hottie struggling to figure out which team she wants to play for. That's what you get on MTV, though in this case a better handle might be NTV (Narcissus Television).

Tequila herself, appearing to have all the depth of a hangnail, sashays and giggles her way through an opening hour best described as Hormones on Parade. The guys have washboard abs and absent brains. The gals all are determined to win Tila over with their slutty presentation. The object of everyone's lust dismisses 10 of them at the end of the premiere with the lame mantra, "Your shot at love is over. Please drop your key and leave." Well, if she's gonna be that way ...

It is at the conclusion of the same opener to this 10-week "reality" trifle that the 22 surviving love seekers learn that Tila swings from both sides of the plate. The momentous reveal leaves everyone in the proverbial dither, though in truth the contestants' dither mode is virtually indistinguishable from their routine predatory one.

The star of the show is equal parts cloying and condescending, the phoniness fairly leaping from her every syllable. "A Shot at Love" would be somewhat more tolerable were Tila a bit more relaxed and less rehearsed, but it is not to be. And of course, those in her midst are blind to all of this, so consumed are they with winning the approval of this bi princess before they're told "Bye!" themselves.

To even write a review for this show is to deign it with a credibility it little deserves, for it is essentially a transparent gimmick in the guise of a legitimate concept. As for any "shot at love," tequila itself -- not the woman but the liquor -- would appear to have a better chance at genuine adoration and tenderness than does our partying protagonist.