The CW announced Tuesday (Nov. 28) that the reality show will make its two-hour season premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 3 and will continue in that timeslot for eight consecutive episodes.
"In 'Beauty and the Geek,' Ashton and Jason have created a compelling and entertaining examination of how society views appearance and intelligence, and the third edition is easily the best one yet," says the CW's President of Entertainment, Dawn Ostroff. "This series is the perfect companion to seamlessly bridge our two cycles of '[America's Next] Top Model' this season and continue The CW's momentum on Wednesday nights."
The formula for the contest will remain the same: each geek will pair with a beauty for a chance to win a $250,000 grand prize. In order to compete, the women must learn some intellectual skill from their partner, while the men will in turn learn some social skills. In the past, the female contestants have had to learn how to give a speech and read a map, while the guys were challenged with shopping for women's clothes and dancing in front of an audience.
This season promises similar awkward challenges. The guys will brush up on their performance and humor skills to deliver a stand-up routine and then get over their embarrassment and hormonal upheaval when asked to sketch a nude model. The women will have to stay on top of current events for a television newscast and become knowledgable enough to act as museum tour guides.
Here are the names and hometowns of each of the beauties, followed by their respective geeks:
Sanjay -- Westminster, California
Piao -- Lorton, Virginia
Mario -- Bridgeport, West Virginia
Neils -- Berkeley, California
Nate -- Evergreen, Colorado
Drew -- Chicago, Illinois
Matt -- Goldens Bridge, New York
Alan, aka "Scooter" -- Cambridge, Massachusetts