TV Fanatic Staff Selection, Take 3: Dare to Dair for Best Teen Couple!

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Welcome to the latest opportunity for a TV Fanatic staff member to defend one of our Best Teen Couple nominees. If you missed previous editions, so far...

Now, Eric Hochberger steps carefully into the world of Gossip Girl fandom and dares to love Dair. Tell us why, Eric...

There's no beating around the bush. I'm just going to come out and say it:

I was a Chair 'shipper at one point. There's no hiding it when there's a thing known as the Internet Archives and a quick Gossip Guy search would reveal me as a fraud. But you know what? It wasn't just Chuck's downward spiral that turned me off to that couple.

Dair Sleeping Together

It was the entertaining chemistry between two frenemies that really dominated season four for me. I don't think a Round Table went by that one of the two didn't steal my quote of the week with their witty banter.

But then something really happened between them. They realized they weren't just intellectual equals and rivals that could give each other a run for their money in a battle of wits.

The two are clearly the most cultured on Gossip Girl, and it was a delight to watch them go from frenemies to full on friends (much to Blair's chagrin) as they bonded over their love of classic movies, art and culture-ish things I'll never get.

Dair Moment

But this poll isn't for favorite teen friends. It's favorite teen couple. And Dair fans will never forget "Empire of the Son." It was the episode that validated years of fan fiction and made these two friends eligible for this poll. It was the kiss that shocked the GG community and sent Chair and Derena fans alike into a frenzy.

No, they may not be the prettiest couple in the poll in the traditional sense. Heck, if all people wanted was that and no substance, Serenate would have been nominated and received 100% of the vote.  

We don't need the blonde hair, big boobs look of Serena. We don't need the pretty boy look of Nate. We need the raw sexiness of Blair and that hipster, hot nerdy guy next door look of Dan. We just need to get him a haircut and Blair to get over the fact he's from Brooklyn.

Dair Picture

Oh, and the legions of you Dair fans out there to Dare to take to the Twittersphere, Facebook, Tumblr, Google Plus, or whatever the heck social networking tool you kids use these days and support the controversial couple that is Dair. Because... you know what? Chair may have end game, but we will have this poll. Let's prove that Blair's minions can take down any vampire, werewolf or Gleek.

Poll is now closed! Here are the results:

Elena and Stefan (The Vampire Diaries)

Blair and Chuck (Gossip Girl)

Finn and Rachel (Glee)

Aria and Ezra (Pretty Little Liars)

Caroline and Tyler (The Vampire Diaries)

Blair and Dan (Gossip Girl)

Spencer and Toby (Pretty Little Liars)

Matty and Jenna (Awkward)

Annie and Liam (90210)

Damon and Elena (The Vampire Diaries)

Emma and Ethan (The Lying Game)

Kurt and Blaine (Glee)

Total Votes: 63262

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Just love this article! Dair is the best!


i still dont understand why there is such a pairing if blair does not even remotely have romantic interest in him... ?
its not so much that i am against every couple but chair, but if blair doesn't like dan that way, this "relationship" is a one sided crush on dan's part..


Oops - The FIRST picture above


How I feel about Dan and Blair as a couple is best summed up by the picture above....zzz...


All the chair shippers looks so silly now that there is a chair article. That said, their arguments are pretty tired. Chair is way too broken to fix. Dair is going to be healthy from the start. GO DAIR!


Geez some chair fans are dramatic. Making silly remarks that they are going to quit reading because an article was about dair. Well now they got their own article now, u don't see dair fans chucking a stink now do you. Let's just enjoy this forum for the spoilers and reviews.


after reading this article i expected myself to be a dair shipper already but nope. still a chair shipper


@Observer- Thanks for including me in the sane Chair fans club, lol. I always like your posts and share your frustration about certain people and things said! Especially about quitting the show/site because you don't get your way, I mean c'mon (Lana made an honest mistake in this instance though). @Mary- nicely said. A lot of people seem to be sick of all the fighting and are speaking up about it which hopefully will lead to better discussions! All I want to do is sensibly discuss the show and the articles ! I love that a staff member had to come in and explain the contest. I think it's fun and I love this show to bits (well minus Louis ! hah). Oh and @GG=life it is pretty awesome that a gay couple (Kurt/Blaine) leads the poll!


Furniturefags gonna hate. Dair ftw!


My mistake. You're right, I didn't actually understand the point of these articles. Apologies, I get it now :S I assumed it was just a usual post and honestly I was starting to get sick of the Chair vs Dair fued so yeah I was a little mad and thought this was just adding fuel to the fire. And yeah @Sharrie I am a Chair fan but I don't mind Dair either, I just thought it seemed a little biased for a regular post and it annoyed me :S I wasn't aware there was a contest, sorry for the misunderstanding! :S :S

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