April 1st, 2011
12:05 PM ET
Since I blog about "American Idol," my television was already set to Fox on Thursday night.
After the "drama" of the elimination of two contestants, I was too tired to reach for the remote to change the channel, so I got sucked into a special hosted by Howie Mandel called "Mobbed."
The show uses the concept of flash mobs, where hundreds of folks show up spontaneously for a single event. In this case, a guy named Justin wanted to propose to his girlfriend of three years, Nikki.
It seems that the pair have had their ups and downs, and even though Justin moved across the country to be with her, Nikki didn't appear to totally trust him. Justin hopes that by staging such a huge spectacle, Nikki will finally realize that she is "the one."
Enter host Howie Mandel, who figures that taking over a Glendale, California mall with hidden cameras, hundreds of people dancing to "Everlasting Love" and a proposal isn't enough. How about they throw a full-fledged surprise wedding?
To make it even more interesting, they set up a little scenario where an actress playing one of Justin's ex-girlfriends shows up to cause a scene, throw a drink in his face and send Nikki into a fit of hysterics.
Security leads Justin away while one of the participants explains to Nikki that it's all going to be OK as a piano man starts crooning. Suddenly, folks are dancing in the restaurant and she's confused and a little bit amused.
Once led outside, there is a full-on Bollywood-style production (over 1000 people solicited by Fox, including professional dancers, showed up) to thrill Nikki with moves choreographed by married choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D'Umo from the hit Fox series "So You Think You Can Dance."
I have to admit, I felt every ounce of Nikki's joy as she laughed, clapped and cried. Then the moment happened – the sea of people parted and there was Justin, dressed in a tux and ready to propose.
Of course she says yes, but then the big question comes: "Since we are already here, why don't we just get married now?" After a split second of "will she or won't she," Nikki agrees to cheers all around.
But it still wasn't over. Justin has had Nikki's best friends flown in from Chicago and they all run out wearing matching bridesmaid's dresses. As a dancer slips a wedding gown over Nikki's head, the bride-to-be is instructed to "Watch your man" before Justin and his groomsman break into a little routine to the Chris Brown song "Forever."
By this point I am a bawling mess, as is Nikki, who especially loses it on the walk down the aisle when she sees that their entire family has been gathered. Awwww!
No word yet if Fox will pick up "Mobbed" as a regular show for next season, but if they do, count me in as a viewer.
UPDATE 4/1 5:45 p.m. – Deadline reports that Fox has picked up "Mobbed" as a series after Thursday night's show drew drew 10.8 million viewers. According to Deadline, the show scored the largest audience and the highest 18-49 retention for a reality show airing after "American Idol" in two years.
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