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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@Kimmie Are you trying to throw a joke or what? Cos dear you're hilarious and your making me laugh now. Don't you know? :)) And are you God? Seems like you know everything. Haha! And btw last time I checked for the next episode a chair kiss will be followed by a slap? Oh no! Looks like we, dair shippers, share a nice laugh. You can handle that, right? ;)


I smiled reading your post. It was very comical. To feel threaten, I must see potential in Dair and I don't. To be jealousy, I must once again see potential in Dair and I don't. We can keep this going back and forth all we want but that's a waste of both of our times. Dair will destoy nobody and can replace nobody. And there's no need to use that fowl language, even if I think that is all you may know. Once this show is over, and you still love Dair, then go right ahead. Chair is unite in the end and thats all that matters. True Chair fans will get the last laugh, and we will glad accept those who ship back to Chair from whoever they were rooting for. You do have to admit that there is a certain amount of satisfaction one gets from seeing their favorite making it in the end. Thats how we will feel. Sorry since you all will never get that last laugh.


I voted for Chair. I don't care what anyone says, I will never like Dair or their nonexistent chemistry. And I'm laughing that Dair is losing the poll, when the article is about them, lol! It shows that they don't have many fans. Delena and Chair FTW


@Logitech If that's your reason, try Damon and Elena. I guess, I answer your question then. Right? :)


Definition of a "couple" straight out of the dictionary: two people considered "together." Neither Dan or Blair has ever acknowledged their status as "together." The feeling is NOT mutual. So before Dair fans say another word about "unhealthy, abusive relationships," try actually getting "together" because your "couple" is nonexistent.


@Kimmie Why need to bash? Just because your threaten by our ship that will destroy your chair? No way man, can't you even see? It's already broken. No need to point out that we, dair shippers, need to see this and that on chair because I'll be brutally honest your not our mother. You can't dictate us on what we must do. We don't see it that way. We will never love chair. Maybe some of us used to but we grew up. It's not high school anymore or puppy love. So with all due respect it isn't a big disappointment for us in choosing Dair. Because we know, endgame or not, couple or non-couple, we're happy on our ship. It's just a dick move posting hatred in this Dair article. I can sense a jealousy. Nice try dear. ;)


There are so many reasons why I want Dair to happen! Cute? Like hell! Funny? Sure! Believable> Of course!
But now, probably the most important one is to destroy hardcore Chair fans who are trashing this great paring. ^^


Im so sick of all these Dair talk. There is no need to bash on them...because they will never 1.) WIN THIS POLL 2.) BE ENDGAME 3.) PROBABLY BE AN ACTUAL COUPLE 4.) AND ITS JUST NOT WORTH OUR TIME ANYMORE SINCE DAIR IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS CHAIR. People who are Dair fans also need to realize that in order for them to be a couple, Blair needs to love Dan. She has not. So right now, you are not getting anywhere with them. For Dair to be endgame, Blair needs to love him more than she loves Chuck. That will never happen. So you fans are in for a big dissappointment. And we can't forget about Serena. Dan and her was THE couple in season 1 and she admitted to him being the love of her life. So clearly she's not going anywhere. With Chuck it has always been and will always be Blair. With Blair it has been and will always be Chuck. You can't say this for Dan when it comes to Blair.


First, I voted for Chair. Second - how does Dair qualify? Yes they shared a kiss but both were 20 when they kissed, aka not teenagers. Blair's birthday is November, Dan's is January, they kissed for the first time in March as 20 year olds.


Voted for Chair. I see they're winning for the Gossip Girl category. (Obviously :P). Chair and Delena are my OTP

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