Posts from — June 2008
The much awaited second series has commenced of this genuine (if that is an adjective you can use in reality tv) series about Farmers wanting to meet a wife.
The episode started with a recap of the Chris and Kimberly romance from last year culminating in their marriage. I hoped Channel 9 paid them some cash for this intrusion on their big day plus they were having wear Farmer Wants a Wife t-shirts, and that does deserve some payment.
Even cynical raver was moved by their obvious love for each other. Even more unbelievable considering they met on a reality TV show with cameras following their every move.
But I suspect their success meant the blokes and girls who applied for this year series were both genuine and hopeful that they could obtain a similar outcome for themselves.
Tonight there were 60 women were to meet the six farmers. Ten for each farmer. In a speed dating scenario with 5 minutes alone with each farmer. I did note that just about all of the girls picked were white there was not much diversity. But maybe that was the demographic that applied.
The farmers were introduced to us from Natalie who had pulled out her country outfits from the last outfits. Can her belt buckles get any bigger?
Rob 42 – Cattle Farmer from Mt Gambier- athletic, motivated and very caring. Rob has a biological clock so clearly he won’t pick an over 40 woman. Rob made sure he could not be mistaken for anything other then a farmer from the land as he brought his Akubra hat with him. He was ruggedly good looking – I thought he looked older then 42, but maybe that is the outdoor work for you.
James 36 – Sheep and Wheat farmer – thinks he is a softy. In a woman he wants a good sense of humour, and a bit of a goer(whatever that means), and enjoys life. Seemed to talk to his dog and pretend he could understand what it was saying to try and show what a funny bloke he was. This guy irritated me a lot.
Ben 30 – dairy farmer from Jambaroo. He is a claytons farmer, and thinks he does not fit the stereotypical mould – no ute etc. He thinks he wears his heart on his sleeve. He was not bad looking, but I am still looking for signs of a personality.
Nick 27 – Grape grower/wine maker of Brown Bros so he possibly has a trust fund. So why is this ok looking, rich kid , with quite a nice disposition with no obvious flaws having to go on a TV show to find a girlfriend? Is there some dark hidden side that will slowly evolve over the upcoming episodes.
Howie 30 – cattle farmer – who lives with his mother, who would only move when he meets a wife. First impressions was he a bit dopey? I am also concerned that he wants a girlfriend to be a replacement for his mother to cook and clean etc. He is the one who lives in the most isolated area, so this could be a negative for the girls.
Michael 24 – sheep farmer from Goulburn. Apparently very shy. He came across as very sweet and nice.
Ben had 210 girls apply after looking at his profile, Michael and Rob received more then 100. Nick had 70, Howie 44, and James 24.
It was speed dating time. There was batting eyelids, nervous laughs and stilted conversation.
Some of it was painful to watch with some of the girls just sitting there not speaking. Wouldn’t you come to the meeting with the guy considering you were in a competitive environment with at least some prepared witty repartee. No wonder they are single.
Rob at least was organised and had done his research.
Ben liked Sarah because in her profile she said she was good in bed – chances of her making it to the farm high.
James had a thing about horses in a negative way. Reckons they eat too much compared to lamb. Maybe it is his way of being proactive about climate change.
After the speed dating then it was an hour to chat to the girls in a group then it was decision time which at times looked very uncomfortable.
Rob picked Leanne 43, Andrea, Caroline, Emmaline (thought he could talk to her for hours), Joy.
James picked – Toni F, Cherie who is a nurse was favoured because his mum and sisters are ones – (Oedipus complex?) Kate, Lisa, and Toni W the air hostie who made him some fruit cake or so she said, she could have pinched it from inflight catering.
Michael picked – Alison, (oh and then my recording cut out, as Channel 9 always runs overtime much teeth gnashing and cursing occurred”¦ memo to self manually input show next week) So if anyone can fill in the gaps that would be great. I am particularly interested in knowing whether Nick picked the girl in the tight revealing short black dress.
For more information on the new batch of what seems high quality farmers here is the link to their profile on the Channel 9 website.
June 30, 2008 5 Comments
So You Think You Can Dance – The winner Jack Chamber’s Gave $10,000 each to the other Final Four.
Yes we thought Jack Chambers was a nice guy, but really this just confirms it. Out of his $200,000 winnings he gave $10,000 each to Kate Wormald, Rhys Borbridge, and Demi. They were the other three people in the final four.
Kate revealed this act of genorousity when she was being interviewed as a promo for the upcoming So You Think You Can Dance Tour with will at the beginning of July. The full article is here.
Australia’s Next Top Model – Demelza says Alex to old to win.
Now Demelza has decided to tell us what she really thinks, and said Alex Girdwood at 21 was too old Australia’s Next Top Model next week.
Below is Demelza’s quotes from an article in The Australian:
“I guess I’d be a little more concerned if I was her,” Reveley said.”I mean, she’s 21 now, so she’s kind of running out of time to do this and to make it in this industry.
“There is a short shelf-life being a model and that’s just the way it is.
“I’d feel worried if I was in her shoes.”
I wonder what she would have thought of Jade in the US series who was 26 years of age when she was on the show.
For the full article from The Australian including a few back handed compliments from Alex to Demelza click here.
Big Brother How Desperate Can You Get.
Obviously the Big Brother producers are prepared to try anything this season for ratings. Already we have had midgets, a grandparent, and so many intruders I cannot keep up with them. Also there have been outside visitors to the house eg Carson Kressley, and a hypnotist.
However now it has been revealed that Pamela Anderson, yes she of Baywatch and notorious sex tape fame will spend two days in the house. Apparently she is filming her own reality tv show which may also film whilst she is in the house. So now we have a reality TV show filming a reality tv show. This stunt is just sheer desperation to prop up ratings.
June 27, 2008 Comments Off on Reality Tidbits
All fans of Season 1 Farmer Wants a Wife are keen to know what happened with the burgeoning romances that we saw on our TV screens last year.
We all know there was one ‘perfect’ match with Chris and Kim who are now married. Footage of their marriage will be shown as part of the first episode of the second season to start this Monday.
Apparently Chris and Kim are now living on the North Coast where Chris is managing a property. The host of the show Natalie Gruzlewski told TV Week “It hasn’t been all smooth-sailing for them, but it was amazing to watch the chemistry when they first met, and see it unfold. It’s the ultimate happily-ever-after story. They’re perfect together.
Craig was another farmer who looked like he may have found love through the show with the Canadian single mum Erin. In the final episode last year Erin was in Canada on a three month trip. TV Week reveals that when they tried to pick up where they left off, it didn’t work out.
“Erin came back to Newcastle, but we didn’t further things, “Craig revealed. “I’m still single – I must be too fussy! Being on the show helped me get out more, but I’m still a bit hopeless at chatting up girls!”
Delightful Drew’s relationship with Susie did not last either. However he is now seeing someone new, however, he didn’t want to say much about her. “It’s pretty casual,” he says. “I’m going overseas for two months, so we’ll see what happens. It’s very low-key.”
Jon did not find a connection with any of the girls on the show, bu he is now in a relationship with a local girl and it is going well. “She had nothing to do with the show. I’d known her a while, but she came back from overseas and we hooked up. She’s nice.”
Gus who was disappointed when told by Brooke that she did not want to pursue anything with him is now seeing a girl, they have been seeing each other since Christmas.
And lastly Brad the spiritual guy who just before filming began last year met a girl Samara who he met on RSVP. They are still together. Apparently it was the producers decision last year to allow him to continue on the show after he told them he had met with them.
Personally I don’t think it was fair to the women who thought he was single.
June 27, 2008 2 Comments
The second series Farmer Wants a Wife starts on Channel 9 Monday 30 June 2008 at 8.30am. This is one reality TV series we do better then the Americans.
The success of the show here was based on real farmers, and normal women who genuinely wanted to meet a life partner. This meant we saw some genuinely likeable, real people on our screens we could really connect with. And this translated to a rating bonanza for Nine. Thank you to the person who advised me to watch the show, much appreciated.
The US version apparently had the pre requisite number of blondes with the fake enhancements, and buffed farmers riding around on machinery with no shirts on. Some of these contestants would be hoping for a career in the media after the completion of the series rather then wanting to meet the love of their life.
Anyway here is a sneak peek about the farmers from this weeks TV Week.
Rob 42 – he is into cattle, sheep, and cropping from Mount Gambier, SA.
This guy is apparently Temptation (Come on channel 9 bring back this show, I understand episodes have been taped…..) host Ed Phillips best mate, and he suggested he go on it. Rob said it was “time to grow up”.
While he says he’s had “some really awesome girlfriends and a lot of fun”, he also admits “no one’s stuck”.
The sports-mad farmer is on the lookout for a wife who likes travel and is “athletic, adventurous and keen to have kids”.
Despite spending a lot of time in Melbourne, Rob’s farm is his passion.
“My wife wouldn’t have to live and work there,” he says, “but I hope she’d support me in living out my dreams for the farm. It’s a vehicle for me to live my lifestyle, but I want to broaden my horizons and lead a more balanced life.”
Ben 30 – Dairy cattle at Kiama NSW.
Ben wants to stress that he’s “not your typical farmer” as he doesn’t like country music or drive a ute, and makes frequent trips to the city.
Previously in the wine industry, he only moved back to the family farm a year ago and still hasn’t taken to the 4am starts – particularly the effect they can have on his social life.
When it comes to women, he admits he can be superficial and wants someone he’s physically attracted to. “You don’t want to wake up next to a dragon”, he jokes.
Ben is also looking for a “mate” he can have a laugh with, who’s independent and has her own interests, friends and career.
James 36 – Sheep and wheat farmer from Deniliquin NSW.
A brush with death three years ago has changed Jame’s outlook on life. “I used to be a player,” he says, “but now health is wealth and I can’t do what I used do.”
After breaking his neck and fracturing his skull in a car accident (hopefully not at the annual Deni ute muster), James was placed in an induced coma and was given up for dead three times. he still suffers from headaches and has had to lighten his workload on the family farm he’s run ever since his father developed a brain tumour. Still, he remains philosophical about his run of bad luck.
“Things can always be worse and you don’t have to look too far.” Now he is searching for a woman with a similar outlook. “She’s got to have a good sense of humour, ” he says. “You’ve got to be able to laugh or you’d do a lot of crying the way the job is at the moment.”
Howie 30 – Sheep and Cattle farmer from Weabonga, NSW.
The bad new about Howie is that he lives on a remote property with his mum The good new is that she is keen to move away and lead her own on. (And she needs him to be with someone to do that???).
“She’s only holding out until I settle,” he says. ” She doesn’t want to hang around being a mother-in-law and looking over someone’s shoulder.” Back when his mum fell in love with his dad and moved to the farm, there was no running water or electricity. Times have changed and Howie now enjoys “a higher standard of living.”
However he believes the right person for him will need a pioneering spirit. “She’s got to be in it for more than just love, He says. “I’ve been in love before and it’s just not enough. It’s a big part of it, but she’s got to love the whole package.”
Nick 27 – wine maker from Wahgunyah, Vic (this guy is going to be to popular)
A member of the famous Brown Bros family, Nick is friends with farmer Jon from last year’s show.
“Jon said it was a great experience,” he says ” He met some great people in front of -and behind -the camera.” After moving around for a few years to attend uni and work as a viticulturist, Nick now lives on the family farm he inherited from his father.
“I’m settled in my own house, but there’s one piece of the puzzle I haven’t found yet,” says Nick, who believes the show will provide “a great opportunity to meet the future Mrs Brown.” His ideal woman – “She’s relaxed,, fun and smiley, and can get dolled up -but also pull on jeans and get her hands dirty.”
Michael 24 – Sheep and cattle farmer from Goulburn, NSW.
This fifth-generation farmer is only young but believes he’s getting towards that time in life when he would like to ‘start a relationship and go from there.”
He admits it can be hard to meet girls and sustain relationships because of the demands of farming. “Some girls don’t like it if you meet them one weekend, then the next weekend something goes pear shaped on the farm and you have to stay there, ” “It is hard to be stood up for a cow.”
Michael’s looking for someone who loves the country lifestyle because, unlike some of the other farmers, he’s not one for city life.
Link to official Nine website here.
June 27, 2008 Comments Off on Farmer Wants A Wife Starts Monday – Now Lets Check Out The New Crop of Farmers
Lorena and Jason were first to depart at 4.19am from the pitstop in Amsterdam.
Teams have to fly to Ouagadougou (sic) in Burkina Faso in Africa, always a highlight when they hit this continent as it freaks out half of the contestants.
The first flight was leaving at 7.20am but it was full, however Nathan and Jennifer team were smart enough to get on the waiting list which paid off. The other flight went at 8.00am.
The 8.00am flight then got delayed out of Amsterdam ( mechanical issues) which meant it was dodgy whether they would make the connection out of Paris. Nathan and Jennifer could get a huge lead, as there was only one flight a day to Burkina Faso.
Nathan and Jennifer smirks were wiped off their faces when they realised that everyone did just make the connecting flight. Actually to be honest you could understand their disappointment.
Then the African fun began. One of the blondes was sure she was going to get robbed by the taxi driver. Their coping mechanisms just continued to wilt as the episode went on.
Take a train to Bingo which was in the middle of nowhere (I suspect an Amazing Race made up name) for the field they need to jump off at.
Roadblock time – must milk camel and drink it.
Grandpa finally was in his forte. Lorena freaked out with fear of the camel. Jennifer was in full scrag mode as she screamed at Nathan but she did make me laugh when she said “You have to be gentle you are handling nipples.”
TK & Rachel were first to complete. They then had to take four camels and walk it to the next clue box. And grandpa was in second place.
Everyone was following the other, and then they realised they were going the wrong way. Rule number one in the Amazing race, do not be a lemming and follow the crowd.
Back to the camels and Lorena was having a nervous breakdown. The blondes and one of the Hispanic sister were having a hard time getting milk out of the camel, and had to swap camels.
Next it was detour time
Teach It – choose a child who does not speak English, and teach them ten words of common items.
Learn It – must learn the mori words for ten items.
Azaria and Hendekea were very smart and memorised 5 cards each and raced through the challenge and finished it first. Then it was pit stop time and they got their first.
Oh wait back to the camels. It started storming which did not improve Lorena’s disposition. Marianna and Julia finished, And Lorena physical, spiritual and emotional breakdown was complete.
The next five teams arrived at the pitstop at virtually the same time.
It was down to the Hispanic sisters, and Jason and Lorena learning the words. Jason and Lorena ended up beating Marianna and her sister to the pit stop and they were eliminated. To be honest they should have been. When you are running second last you don’t give the person running last a tip on how to finish the detour quicker.
June 26, 2008 Comments Off on The Amazing Race – Season 3 – The Camel Who Broke The Contestant’s Back