The 'Too Hot To Handle' season 6 rule switch is about to be a total game-changer for the series

Don't expect 'Too Hot To Handle' season 6 to be like its predecessors! Here's everything to know

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Too Hot To Handle season 6 decided to raise the stakes. 

Typically, contestants on the reality dating show enter the experiment, thinking that they're about to participate in a whole other television series altogether (either Pleasure Island or Love Overboard, neither of which actually exists). After forming connections with other islanders and getting all hot and bothered, that's when Lana, the bot and host of THTH, drops a bomb: the show is actually a celibacy experiment.

We can't help but get a kick out of the singles' reactions to the unfortunate news. What happens when they're trying to make a genuine romantic connection but are held back because of the prize money? The premise is definitely not for the faint of heart, or those with an overactive libido. 

So, how will Lana make things more interesting for those who are island-bound? Let's find out. 

What is the 'Too Hot To Handle' season 6 change?

Too Hot To Handle season 6 is going to take a different approach from its predecessors. This time, contestants won't be tricked into the experiment. They'll head in full well knowing that they're about to embark on a celibacy vacation. 

“I have updated my software and I now have new and improved techniques to help serial daters learn how to form meaningful relationships,” Lana said, according to Netflix Tudum. “Do you want to apply to join me on my beautiful retreat as I put you and your connections to the test to win $200,000? Warning: I have eyes everywhere. Goodbye.”

Now, people will be attempting to get on the show knowing that they will not be able to have some spicy moments with their connections, lest they wish to decrease the profit pool. What a conundrum! 

How to apply for 'Too Hot to Handle' season 6

At the time of publication, Netflix is scouting singles who are willing and able to participate in its unique way of finding love. In a call-out for contestants, Netflix states, "To apply (or nominate a commitment-phobe in your own life), use your hands while you still can and click this link to get started."

Like Love Is Blind and its counterparts, Too Hot To Handle has a pretty extensive app process. Users 18+ are to fill out a profile with their personal information, social media handles, and answers to Q's like "Who is your celebrity crush" and "How would you describe your current dating life?" You'll also need to upload a video and familiarize yourself with the show's declaration. And some not-so-minor details: you'll need to make yourself available from October 2023 to December 2023, which means filming will be underway rather quickly!

Though we just parted ways with the Too Hot To Handle season 5 couples, we're always anxious for another round of Lana's antics. It'll certainly be interesting to see how this new approach affects people's time on the island. We have a feeling things are going to get wild.

Watch this space for more updates. Until then, tune in for Netflix's latest reality dating adventure: The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On season 2, which premieres on Wednesday, August 23. 

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.