The dating game show michael jackson


08-Mar-2016 05:47

The year was 1972: a 14-year-old Michael Jackson is about to make a young girl’s dream come true.

10-year-old Latonya Simmons was competing against two other girls to win a date with the 14-year-old superstar on The Dating Game. If you looked at the other girls they were very upset,” said Latonya.

Barris made game show history right off the bat, in 1966, with "The Dating Game," hosted by Jim Lange.

The gimmick: a young female questions three males, hidden from her view, to determine which would be the best date.

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"They wanted the boy to do sports and the girl to do the dances and stuff that were going on in the Twin Cities — very sexist — and play music once a week." He hosted that show for two years before attending the University of Minnesota and doing a three-year stint in the Marines, according to the Bay Area Radio Museum.

NEW YORK -- Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," died at 87.