Are You Hot?: The Search For America's Sexiest People was a short-lived primetime reality show in which contestants are evaluated by a panel of three celebrity judges based on the sole criterion of their physical attractiveness. It was cancelled after one season due to low ratings.
From coast to coast, thousands of hopefuls gathered in recent weeks to get the chance to compete for the crown of the sexiest man or woman in America. Talent, Personality and Strategy were not required; Just Physical beauty and innate sexiness. Now TV viewers will get their chance to vote on the Hot Zone/Round One participants from each region as they face a celebrity panel of experts including: Rachel Hunter, Randolph Duke and Lorenzo Lamas.
Crisscrossing America for casting calls in many cities and pouring over auditioning tapes, the producers divided the country into "Hot Zones" that include every state. From the thousands who tried only 32 people from each zone made the cut. They'll be judged by the celebrity panel and at the end of each episode, viewers are invited to vote for their favorite male and female hotties. The following week, viewers would find out whom America chose and repeat the whole process for 32 candidates from Hot Zone 2 and so on until one breathtaking man and one stunning woman are crowned as "The Sexiest People In America".
In Popular CultureEdit
In the same year, the show was spoofed on Saturday Night Live's (SNL's for short) TV Funhouse segment called Are You Hot?: The Search for America's Sexiest Cartoons, in which an animated Lorenzo Lamas judges 11 classic cartoon characters including: Betty Boop, Popeye and Olive Oyl, Cinderella, Strawberry Shortcake, Droopy, Marvin the Martian and Yosemite Sam (of Looney Tunes fame), Dagwood, Optimus Prime (of Transformers fame) and Barney Rubble (of The Flintstones fame).
- While it aired on primetime, many male contestants appearing bare-chested were censored at times due to lower body hair being exposed.
- The winner of the lone season was New Orleans native Chantille Boudousque.
- A lawsuit was filed by Howard Stern and his production company claimed that the premise for the show was lifted from his radio show's regular segment called The Evaluators as former Stern TV producer Scott Einziger was a producer and exec on the show. However, both ABC and Stern settled the suit later on since the show was a ratings failure.