~ June, 2021 ~ The Celebrity Dating Game gave more famous singletons a shot at love Monday night on ABC. This time it was the turn of actor and singer Taye Diggs, and The Bachelor star Demi Burnett.
Hosts Zooey Deschanel and Michael Bolton did all they could to help the celebs choose between the three strangers sitting behind the screen.
Diggs had three women on his dating panel while Burnett, who was previously engaged to Kristian Haggerty whom she met on Bachelor in Paradise, chose between two women and a man.
Taye Diggs on The Celebrity Dating Game
Diggs got to choose between three non-celebrities after several relationships with famous people over the years.
From 2003 to 2014, he was married to his stage co-star Idina Menzel (Frozen) and he also dated Amanza Smith (Selling Sunset) for a number of years before splitting in 2018.
Diggs endured a unique experience on the show when it turned out that he knew one of the contestants. The identities of the celebs are kept a secret throughout but Arielle Caputo guessed it was Diggs after just one round of guessing. When Deschanel asked how they knew each other, Diggs simply said “it’s a long story.”
As is tradition on this new iteration of the classic game show, Bolton serenaded everyone with a song that reveals more about the celebrity. For Diggs, he sang “You are so Beautiful” but changed the lyrics to match his career.
When it came time to decide, Diggs had his pick of former acquaintance Caputo, real estate agent Javin Hope from Hawaii, and pediatric nurse Tofy Mabo.
Appreciating her answer on what they would do on a honeymoon, Diggs chose to go on a date with Hope.
Demi Burnett on The Celebrity Dating Game
Reality star Burnett was the second celeb hoping to find a match on The Celebrity Dating Game. She’s been looking for love in all the wrong places until now with several appearances on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette as well as WWE Raw.
Before the show, she told The Celebrity Dating Game Twitter account how she wants to find a partner who is better than her so she can be better with them.
Unlike Diggs, Burnett’s identity remained a mystery—until she inadvertently revealed her own name during one of the rounds.
Burnett’s potential matches included Sarah Stiverson, Jamele Mason and Jordan Harvey. Bolton serenaded the studio with a rendition of “I’ll Stand By You” with the lyrics changed to reflect Burnett’s background.
Eventually she chose to go on a date with event producer Harvey, who also guessed Burnett’s real identity early in the show.
Who else is on The Celebrity Dating Game?
When The Celebrity Dating Game returns next Monday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC, Nolan Gould and Gabriel Iglesias will be taking part.
Other celebs lined up for future episodes include Carmen Electra, Margaret Cho, Tyson Beckford and Rashad Jennings.