Bush boys do it best

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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.’’

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