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So far, the program has led to a marriage, an engagement and one serious relationship.
This year’s hopeful farmers range in age from 25 to 36 and for the first time include a female, Jenny, and a single dad who has custody of his 14-year-old son.
Three hail from New South Wales and one each from Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.
‘‘This series is different to previous series in that there are many twists and turns,’’ Gruzlewski says.
‘‘The road to love is probably a little bumpier than expected.
‘‘Certainly, you can’t mistake the chemistry between the farmers and the girls. There are definitely sparks flying, and a few tears as well, which is expected. Love is very complicated and we all know that.’’
To begin, it’s all fun and games as the farmers choose 10 would-be spouses from those who nominate online. A dating whirlwind unfolds during which the farmers cut their lists from 10 to the three they take back to their properties.
And that’s when reality hits. In a previous series, one woman quit the show, unable to cope with her would-be husband having to shoot an animal.
Gruzlewski says by series three, the women nominating are more aware of what’s in store and have serious intentions.
‘‘It’s an intensive process. Relationships are fast-tracked, but the majority of the women are ready to settle down with a farmer,’’ she says.
‘‘That’s a big call for these ladies and the guys that (contestant) Jenny’s meeting. It’s a huge lifestyle adjustment, but they’re ready and willing to do that.
‘‘It’s not a reality show in that sense. There’s no prize. The ultimate gain is finding love.’’