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Host of Netflix’s scorching new dating show Too Hot To Handle ‘curious’ about introducing ‘different sexualities’ for season two

Lily Wakefield April 21, 2020
Too Hot To Handle Desiree Burch

Desiree Burch is the host of new Netflix dating show Too Hot To Handle. (Getty)

Too Hot To Handle narrator Desiree Burch has said she’d be “curious” to see better queer representation in season two of the Netflix hit.

The new Netflix dating show has a similar format to Love Island – conventionally hot and sex-obsessed singles move into an island villa together looking for love – but there’s a twist.

The Too Hot To Handle cast are banned from any sexual behaviour, including kissing and masturbation, which apparently helps them to develop “deeper connections” with each other.

There is a $100,000 prize up for grabs, but contestants are watched constantly by an Alexa-style robot called Lana. If she catches them breaking the rules, money is taken away from the prize fund.

Too Hot To Handle, as with the vast majority of dating shows,  is incredibly heteronormative — although viewers were treated to one revenge-fuelled same-sex kiss (which cost the group $3,000).

But the hilarious host of the show Desiree Burch has now said that she would be “curious” to see better queer representation if a second season was commissioned.

Desiree Burch wonders if ‘different sexualities’ could work for Too Hot To Handle season two.

Speaking to RadioTimesBurch said she would narrate another season “in a heartbeat”, but discussed how the show could change things up.

She said: “I would be curious to see how they augment a second series of it – do we go more multinational to different cultures and countries?

“Do we have more people with different sexualities involved in it, is there a combination of that that would make it work? I think there are various different ways.

Is there a version that’s just like old Bahama shirt guys and cougars – that’s got to be hilarious.

The point, she said, is that sex, emotions and connections are not reserved for young, straight, fit people.

“I think there’s so many different ways to do this experiment because I think it just shows everybody who watches it a lot more about the humanity and emotionality and the vulnerability that comes into play when you’re talking about sex and connection,” she added.

“The act of sex is such a pie wedge percentage of what sexuality and connection actually entails and so I think we get to see more of that [in the series] as we watch them try not to perform the act.”

More: abstinence, Desiree Burch, love island, netflix, Too Hot To Handle

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