A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila
|A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila|
|Created by||Riley McCormick|
|Developed by||SallyAnn Salsano|
|Directed by||Scott Jeffress|
|Opening theme||I Love U|
|Ending theme||I Love U|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Executive producer(s)||SallyAnn Salsano|
|Running time||60 minutes (including commercials)|
|Production company(s)||495 Productions|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||October 9 –|
December 23, 2007
|Followed by||A Shot at Love II with Tila Tequila (2008)|
A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila is an American reality television dating game show similar to the TV show The Bachelor. It premiered on October 9, 2007 on MTV starring Tila Tequila. The series consists of a bisexual-themed reality dating show where 16 heterosexual male men and 16 lesbian female women contestants live in Tequila's house and compete for her attention and affection. The contestants were not aware of Tequila's bisexuality until the end of the first episode, after ten contestants had been eliminated. The remaining contestants, both male and female, then shared the same home for the remainder of the series. A Shot at Love II premiered on April 22, 2008.
The show debuted at No. 1 in its time period across all of cable in the network's target demographic of persons 18–34, averaging a 2.0 rating. It became MTV's second highest-rated series premiere for the year, behind Life of Ryan (August 27, 2007) and tied with Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County (August 15, 2007).
The first season finale had 6.2 million viewers, which at the time was MTV's most watched series telecast.
Criticism and controversy
The show was the subject of a heated online debate. An article critical of the show appeared on The Christian Post on September 13, 2007. Tequila wrote a response in her blog on September 28, 2007, criticizing churches for "bashing" the gay community while thanking God for saving her life. Criticism of the show has come from at least three conservative media organizations: Culture and Media Institute, Media Research Center and Parents Television Council, which named two episodes of the show the "Worst Cable Content of the Week".
Fox News and others stated that Tequila had a steady boyfriend and that the show was a sham, and that she is not bisexual. They cite New York Post's Page Six article. In 2007, Tequila responded to the claims made by Fox and denied them stating "I find it absolutely absurd that they would even make such an ignorant statement," but in 2018 (11 years later) she admitted that the Fox News report was true and that she indeed had a boyfriend while the show was being filmed and aired, stating that she was never actually gay or bisexual, and described her presence on the show as being "gay for pay".
On December 30, 2007, the winning contestant of the season, Bobby Banhart, posted a message on MySpace stating, "She never called me after the last show and no one would give me her number."
Tequila offered her own reasoning for why they broke up:
We couldn't see each other for 2 months after [the finale], and we only talked on the phone. Just naturally, people kind of move on with their lives. We tried our best to keep in touch and keep it going, but after a while, all of this camera stuff, he just couldn't handle it. [sic]
Spin-offs, supplements, seasons 2 and 3
- A Shot at Love: The Hangover is a supplementary show that shows clips and interviews guests as a recap to the show. It premiered on November 13, 2007 on MTV starring Ryan Stout. The show's debut averaged a 2.85 rating.
- A Shot at Love II with Tila Tequila – The second season premiered on April 22, 2008, and follows the same bisexual-bachelorette formula. The premiere date was announced on Tila Tequila's Spring Break Fantasy Couple. It is set in a Hollywood Hills mansion (the same one as the second season of Rock of Love). It was planned to be aired after That's Amoré! Tequila announced at her Masquerade party, Tila Tequila's New Year's Eve Masquerade, that MTV greenlit her for a second season. During the Masquerade, she revealed that she and Bobby parted ways, which prompted suspicion that she would be the bachelorette during season two of A Shot at Love. News articles confirmed this.
- That's Amore! – Nesci's third spin-off featured former contestant Ashley as his consigliere. It premiered on MTV on March 2, 2008.
- A Double Shot at Love – A third season spin-off premiered on December 9, 2008, with the Ikki Twins replacing Tila Tequila as the host.
- Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D and Vinny – A fourth season Jersey Shore hybrid spinoff was announced for a 2019 premiere, with DJ Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino as the hosts.
- Ep. 1 Surprise! I Like Boys and Girls (May The Best Sex Win-title on DVD and iTunes) (first aired October 9, 2007)
- Ep. 2 Can't We All Just Get Along? (Fight For Love-title on DVD and iTunes) (first aired October 16, 2007)
- Ep. 3 Under the Covers (first aired October 23, 2007)
- Ep. 4 A Broken Heart (first aired October 30, 2007)
- Ep. 5 I Always Get What I Want (first aired November 6, 2007)
- Ep. 6 The Cat Fight (first aired November 13, 2007)
- Ep. 7 A Second Chance? (first aired November 20, 2007)
- Ep. 8 Welcome To The Family (first aired November 27, 2007)
- Ep. 9 Three's A Crowd (first aired December 4, 2007)
- Special: One Shot Too Many (originally aired December 11, 2007)
- In the week after Episode 9 aired and the week before Episode 10 aired, there was a special episode titled One Shot Too Many. Instead of being a regular episode, it was flashbacks and never before seen footage of events of the previous weeks of the show.
- Ep. 10 I Choose...(This Is Real-title on DVD and iTunes) (first aired December 18, 2007)
- Special: The Final Round (first aired December 23, 2007)
|9||Chaos||Eddie||Eric||Michael B.||Dani||Michael B.|
- Contestants surviving elimination in the first two episodes are arranged alphabetically, while eliminated contestants are arranged based on the order Tequila announced that their shot at love had ended.
- The contestant was eliminated.
- The contestant won a date with Tequila.
- The contestant won a date with Tequila, but was eliminated.
- The contestant left of his/her own accord.
- The contestant won the competition.
The following table explains Tequila's reasons for asking each contestant to leave.
- Some reasons were not stated in the episode in which they aired.
|Name||Reason for elimination||Episode eliminated|
|Bennie||Cute, but not her type.||Episode 1|
|Rami||Could not remember him.||Episode 1|
|Michael R.||Reason not stated in episode.||Episode 1|
|Lance||Reason not stated in episode.||Episode 1|
|Greg||Too focused on sex; she was looking for more than that.||Episode 1|
|Eddie||Respects his virginity, but felt he is also too innocent.||Episode 2|
|Marcus||Connected at first, but caused too much drama.||Episode 2|
|Rob||Will make some woman happy someday, but not her.||Episode 3|
|Alex||Did not feel they had a connection.||Episode 3|
|Eric||Did not think they would make it as a couple.||Episode 3|
|Ashley McNealy||Seemingly fell in love with her too quickly; she felt something was not right about him.||Episode 4|
|Michael B.||Reason not stated in episode.||Episode 5|
|Steven||Connected more with the other people in the house than himself.||Episode 6|
|Domenico||Connected more with the other people in the house than himself, but credited him for his personality.||Episode 7|
|Ryan||Felt that his and her paths were too different, and that his family was too traditional and she could not fit into that lifestyle.||Episode 8|
|Name||Reason for elimination||Episode eliminated|
|Scout||Did not remember her.||Episode 1|
|Ellie||Too shy.||Episode 1|
|Chaos||Did not connect with her.||Episode 1|
|Brenda||Reason not stated in episode.||Episode 1|
|Keasha||Felt that she is "a demolition project".||Episode 1|
|Lala||Did not like having men competing and being around them.||Episode 2|
|Steffanie||There for two days and still did not know her.||Episode 2|
|Grace||Did not feel they would be a good fit.||Episode 2|
|Krystal||Did not click with her.||Episode 3|
|Rebecca||Kissed Brandi while in the house and seems to have objections with monogamy.||Episode 3|
|Sara||Beautiful girl, but just did not have that connection she was looking for.||Episode 4|
|Ashli||Did not want to put her in a position where she felt uncomfortable.||Episode 5|
|Vanessa Romanelli||Reason not stated in episode. In the following episode, however, due to her physical attack on Brandi during eliminations in Episode 6, it was alluded that she was not the right person.||Episode 6|
|Brandi Ryan||Left on Episode 6 in the heat of the moment after Vanessa's attack. Came back on Episode 7. However, she was not accepted back into the house because of the feeling that her return would jeopardize the show's integrity for the other contestants and the fear that she would walk out on Tila again.||Episode 6/7|
|Amanda Ireton||Had a deeper connection with Bobby and Dani, or as Tila said, "There's no more keys left."||Episode 9|
|Dani||Mentioned loving Dani, but being in love with Bobby. Off screen, said she eliminated Dani to make sure their friendship "never ended" like dating show romances usually do.||Episode 10|
Among the contestants, the comedian and television personality Amanda Ellen Soloman Ireton after the show went on to appear on other MTV television shows Hang Over Show and That's Amore, WETV's Secret Lives of Women, CCTV's The Rack, and Entertainment Television's The Soup and Extra.
She hosted CBS's reality show Big Brother – The reunion special as an interviewer. She starred in Karmina's The Kiss music video. Furthermore Ireton was MTV's columnist and video blogger for A Shot at Love 2.
A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila – The Complete Uncensored First Season was released on April 15, 2008. The DVD contains the ten episodes, the reunion listed as episode 11, but does not contain the special episode "One Shot Too Many". It also includes some extended and deleted scenes.
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