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The Pickup Artist (TV series)

Television
NameThe Pickup Artist
GenreReality
Game show
Created by3Ball Productions
StarringMystery (Erik von Markovik)
James Matador (Stan Tayi)
J-Dog (Justin Marks)
Tara
Country of originUnited States
LanguageEnglish
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producerJ. D. Roth
Todd A. Nelson
Adam Greener
Doug Wilson
Clair McCabe
Michael Hirschorn
Jeff Olde
Suzanne Murch
ProducerAngela Malloy
EditorTaatshing Hui
Tim Preston
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time43 mins.
Production company3Ball Productions
DistributorRDF Rights
Broadcast
Original channelVH1
First airedAugust 6, 2007
Last airedNovember 30, 2008

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'The Pickup Artist' is an American reality show on VH1 which focuses on a group of eight or nine male contestants who have historically been unsuccessful in love and relationships learning the art of the "pickup" as taught by seduction artist Mystery (Erik von Markovik) and his wings. The first season featured "wings" J-Dog (Justin Marks) and Matador (Stan Tayi), and in the second season, J-Dog was replaced by Tara. In eight episodes, Mystery teaches the contestants with guidance and training to meet potential mates in various locations, such as coffee shops and night clubs. The contestants of the show compete with each other through a series of challenges. Most of the challenges on the first season involved picking up women in different situations, such as on a bridge during the day or in a nightclub. Some of the challenges were more novel, such as the second to last challenge (in the first season) where the men had to pick up a stripper, described by Mystery as "the ultimate challenge."

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1 September 24, 2007 Alvaro "Kosmo" Orlando Brady Sprunger Austin, Texas
2 October 12, 2008 November 30, 2008 Simeon Moses Matt Radmanovich Phoenix, Arizona

Season One : Contestants
Name Age Status/Reason on Show Eliminated
Kosmo (Alvaro Orlando) 23 Freezes up around women Winner
Brady 25 Lacking in self-confidence 7th
Joe D. 25 The "friend" to girls 6th
Pradeep 22 Over analyzes and talks too much 5th
Joe W. 24 Starts off strong but often fails fast 4th
Scott 26 Gets very nervous and stutters around women 3rd
Fred 45 40 year old virgin, plus 5 2nd
Spoon (Steven Poon) 27 Does not know how to approach women 1st

Call-out Order
: Episode Progress
# Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Kosmo Joe D. Joe W. Kosmo Pradeep Kosmo Brady Kosmo
2 Brady Brady Kosmo Joe D. Kosmo Brady Kosmo Brady
3 Fred Kosmo Pradeep Joe W. Joe D. Joe D. Joe D.
4 Joe D. Joe W. Joe D. Brady Brady Pradeep
5 Joe W. Scott Scott Pradeep Joe W.
6 Pradeep Pradeep Brady Scott
7 Scott Fred Fred
8 Spoon Spoon

Season Two : Contestants
Name Age Also Known As Status/Reason for coming on the show Episode Eliminated
Simeon Moses 27 The High-Pitched Hottie Cried when his girlfriend dumped him Winner
Matt Radmanovich 26 The guy with foot in his mouth Flew across the country and his girlfriend dumped him upon arrival Episode 8
Greg Fellows 26 The Loner Hasn't had a date in 5 years Episode 7
Rian Turner 28 Patron Saint of the Overlooked A virgin who has never even had a girlfriend Episode 6
Brian Ly 21 The guy who never kissed a girl. Never kissed a girl Episode 5
Todd Pabst 26 The Girl's Best Friend Has never had sex Episode 4
Karl Meyer 21 The Brokenhearted Kid His only girlfriend broke up with him and broke his heart Episode 3
Kevin Feng 21 Strike-out King The only girlfriend he's ever had cheated on him Episode 2
Alex William Shelley 22 Women think he's gay Virgin, lives with his parents Episode 1

Call-out Order
: Episode Progress
# Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Brian Brian Greg Rian Simeon Matt Simeon Simeon
2 Greg Greg Matt Brian Matt Simeon Matt Matt
3 Karl Todd Brian Matt Greg Greg Greg
4 Kevin Rian Todd Simeon Rian Rian
5 Matt Matt Simeon Greg Brian
6 Rian Simeon Rian Todd
7 Simeon Karl Karl
8 Todd Kevin
9 Alex

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