Monk key in zoo of at­ten­tion from men

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - ANNA BRAIN

WHETHER or not she finds love as The Bach­e­lorette, So­phie Monk will win hearts.

Based on an ex­clu­sive look at the first episode, the straight­shoot­ing for­mer pop singer’s “why the hell not” at­ti­tude makes her com­pelling view­ing.

She sets the bar low, say­ing she hopes Aus­tralia won’t think she’s “a com­plete tool” – and you can’t help but bar­rack for some­one so dis­arm­ingly open.

Early signs in­di­cate that Monk, 37, will hold her own with the pack of blokes who are vy­ing for her at­ten­tion – some ag­gres­sively.

Undies are flung and en­e­mies made as the lads com­pete for a new in­cen­tive, the ‘dou­ble de­light rose’ – a two-toned flower that grants the re­cip­i­ent not one, but two sought-af­ter dates.

Monk also in­tro­duces her fam­ily. Her par­ents have been mar­ried for 43 years and her sis­ter can’t wait to see men try­ing to steal a kiss, “cos of the look on your face”.

Monk, a self-con­fessed bo­gan, says she has been un­lucky in love be­cause she goes for the wrong sort of bloke.

Will be­ing The Bach­e­lorette change that? Prob­a­bly not.

But Chan­nel 10 has lined up a smartly dressed as­sort­ment of suit­ors to choose from.

Ma­gi­cian Apollo, 24, is an early stand­out. With easy man­ners, good looks and a buff bod, he could be the pick for next year’s Bach­e­lor, or to re­place Osher Guns­berg as host. He’s that good. Even his ri­vals can’t help but fall for him.

Ryan, 26, is the early con­tender for se­ries vil­lain and sets a new stan­dard in re­volt­ing man­ners. He says he is look­ing for “spon­ta­nu­ity” in a re­la­tion­ship and grills Monk to be sure she’s in it for the right rea­sons.

The worst part of this se­ries is al­ways the “cut­ting in” rou­tine, where one-on-one chats are in­ter­rupted by com­peti­tors at­tempt­ing to swoop in.

The blokes seem to over­whelm Monk and it’s ugly to watch. As one of them points out, they’re “like a hunt­ing pack”. Let’s hope they calm down a bit.

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