Viewers are taking to social media to complain that Channel 4’s new dating show Hello Stranger, in which couples are hypnotised to temporarily forget their partners, appears to be a hoax.
The first episode focused on wannabe vloggers George, 24, and Lucy, 20, whose four-year relationship had grown stale. They met Aaron Calvert, a hypnotist, and both underwent hypnosis in order to wipe their memories of one another.
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They then each went on three dates, all the while labouring under the impression that they were single. And, of course, one of those dates saw the former couple meet for a ‘first’ date.
However, viewers have cast doubt on the show’s premise, arguing that the couple “clearly recognised each other” and that they were faking the hypnosis in order to gain publicity for their vlogs.
“If you believe that these two are genuinely being hypnotised and not faking it for yet more publicity for their vlogging, then you’re seriously gullible,” one Twitter user wrote.
If you believe that these two are genuinely being hypnotised and not faking it for yet more publicity for their vlogging, then you're seriously gullible. #HelloStranger— Lauren (@mrslollyd) June 5, 2018
“Fake…fake…fake..,” said another. “[T]hey clearly recognised each other, talked over each other and acted totally differently than on all other dates. Body language and conversation clearly relaxed and familiar. Give me a break.”
#hellostranger ▶️Fake…fake…fake.. they clearly recognised each other, talked over each other and acted totally differently than on all other dates. Body language and conversation clearly relaxed and familiar. Give me a break 🙄Night night 📺🌙— L & K Clearance (@LKClearanceLtd) June 5, 2018
#HelloStranger She can't have her phone, because it might trigger memories of George…. errr, surely SEEING GEORGE will trigger her memories of George.— Jimmy T (@Jimadebo) June 5, 2018
They’re both drama students. Saying that, the acting was still ropey— rob roy (@aidensky) June 5, 2018
How are they dehypnotised after every date and not remember the date to choose a winner? Surely if they’re de-hypnotised they’ll remember they’ve got a long term live in partner #HelloStranger
— holly (@hollyandthat) June 5, 2018
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