Farmer Wants A Wife – Farmers Say They Are Forced To Be Mushy
With the finale of Farmer Wants A Wife screening on Channel Nine tonight, some of the farmers reveal what it is like to be on a reality show. It is no surprise that they revealed those little love lines are not exactly spontaneous.
The Daily Telegraph reveals some of reality TV’s secrets in this article:
HE lovelorn blokes of Farmer Wants A Wife have described the reality show as more deftly crafted than candid, suggesting producers had to help coax them into displaying much of their on-screen affection – but they loved every minute of it.
The saccharine-sweet small talk and declarations of love that are the meat and potatoes of The-Bachelor-meets-the-bush program didn’t come as naturally as you’d think, say this season’s country singletons.
“It does feel a bit like acting sometimes,” said 26-year-old Farmer Nick. “I’d have a big genuine chat and they’d go ‘this is great but they’d say we can’t use any of it’ so you’d pull out something corny or something you wouldn’t usually do and we’d be away.”
“You’re running against the time and they’re saying we need this by then and they won’t let you get there and talk about the footy for an hour. They can’t use none of that so that’s when you’d end up saying “you’ve got beautiful eyes” or something stupid.
“You know what they want. They want the corny lines where you say ‘you’re beautiful, you’ve got beautiful eyes’ and all that sort of stuff.
Farmer Mark, a fruit and coffee farmer from tropical North Queensland said producers didn’t want him to give too much away too early.
“There were constant cheesy lines saying your feelings for every girl,” said the 27-year-old. “Even if you didn’t really have feelings for every girl you had to play it up so the viewers thought you were interested in all three girls. At times you just felt like being honest and the producers would be like ‘nah don’t say that’.”
Executive producer Karen Walker claimed they didn’t have to ‘train’ the farmers to open up about their feelings, but rather gave them a “nurturing environment” including sitting them down with a psychologist to discuss the experience beforehand.
“It’s a gently, gently approach,” Walker said. “It’s a lot of sitting down and talking to them, we just had to ask them enough questions to get them to feel comfortable, but I think we create a really safe environment for them to open up and say how they feel. We can’t put words in their mouth, they say what they say and in the end it works, it’s one of the most genuine shows on television.”
“Repeating and repeating and repeating the same scenes especially when its emotional scenes and you’re having to talk about your feelings and love and emotions, and to repeat yourself on the same things by the fifth time the love is gone, the emotion is gone, you’ve lost all enthusiasm, please just get what you want and let’s move on. It’s embarrassing enough as it is.”
Farmer Ben says producers had to cajole him into making a decision between two girls when he was faced with indecision.
“I was finding hard to choose so I didn’t want to rush into one, so I held off a bit, they were going ‘come on, can you do something, we want something,’ you could say they coax you into it, give you a bit of a push and a shove to get something happening.”
It should be noted the Farmer’s also said they had a ball on the show.