Just when you thought the Kyle and Jackie O Show had exhausted all possible shock radio tactics, they introduced their Naked Dating segment.
Not a completely new concept with the US and UK both running their own reality TV versions, while the SBS broadcast, Undressed, a “documentary”-style format this year, but taking place live in studio on Sydney’s most listened to breakfast show during the school run has raised a few eyebrows.
Based on sexual attraction, a heterosexual pair are brought into studio dressed in robes wearing nothing but underwear underneath. With commentating courtesy of radio hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie “O” Henderson, the couple disrobe each other – “gentlemen go first”.
If they like what they see, they can choose to expose their genitalia to each other. Standing naked, they evaluate each other’s bodies – giving some compliments and critiques (the guys are having a shocker thanks to the icy cool air conditioning Sandilands likes in studio).
Danielle, 24, and Richie, 25, were a recent pair who made headlines across Australia and the UK thanks to their instant chemistry and forgoing a complimentary pizza date on the KIIS 1065 team to go straight home for “Netflix and chill”.
Some might be mortified to have their family, never mind an audience of 557,000, tune in to their bedroom antics, but despite apologising to her mother on-air, Danielle told Fairfax Media she has “no regrets at all”.
“My family are pretty open to most things and heaps supportive, so they were very encouraging,” she said.
The segment has grown in such popularity that Henderson told Fairfax Media: “Even we were surprised with the amount of entries we’re getting.”
KIIS 1065’s naked dating segment.
She added: “People are telling us that it’s the new Tinder. They’re desperate to give anything a go to meet the one.”
Relationship expert Dr Nikki Goldstein somewhat agreed. While she doesn’t think it might lead to finding “true love”, she said “it’s not much different to how people are dating these days on apps like Tinder”.
Radio hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie “O” Henderson.
“Even though people might see this as a bit shocking, a version of this is going on, where people – with some more clothing on – are judging someone on their appearance,” Dr. Goldstein said.
“If people are shocked by this, it’s because of the nudity and we see that as something so private and that in itself is confronting … It’s openly sexual, which can often cause a negative reaction, but if someone wants to get naked and are comfortable doing so in an area where they are allowed to, that’s their personal decision.”