FARMER FRIEND

Coun­try singer Sam McC­ly­mont is busy with her band but is so en­joy­ing the role of match­maker that she is ready to com­mit again

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV - DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT

Sam McC­ly­mont says there’s enough wrig­gle room in her sched­ule with coun­try band The McC­ly­monts that she can com­mit to host­ing an­other sea­son of The Farmer Wants A Wife.

The re­al­ity dat­ing show has re­turned on the Nine Net­work af­ter a three-year hia­tus with McC­ly­mont re­plac­ing Natalie Gru­zlewski as host. Nine has yet to com­mis­sion an­other sea­son but McC­ly­mont says it won’t be an is­sue for her if it gets the go-ahead.

“Mu­sic is more week­ends but film­ing is not week­ends, it’s dur­ing the week and it’s not live so it would suit,” McC­ly­mont says. “It works re­ally great with what I do. It could not have come at a bet­ter time ... fin­gers crossed there are more (sea­sons).”

The McC­ly­monts wound back their sched­ule in the se­cond half of last year af­ter

Mol­lie be­came preg­nant with her first child. The coun­try trio re­turn for a short 10th an­niver­sary tour in July, play­ing just 10 shows.

The ex­press tour means McC­ly­mont is free to play match­maker host again should the show go back into pro­duc­tion later this year.

Whether The Farmer

Wants A Wife gets re­newed will de­pends heav­ily on the rat­ings. It launched last Mon­day with 760,000 view­ers, its low­est rat­ing first episode in nine sea­sons and down some 16 per cent on its 2012 open­ing.

How­ever, Nine re­mains con­fi­dent the dat­ing show will start to gather a big­ger au­di­ence now that of­fi­cial rat­ings have started.

McC­ly­mont says she got to meet the ladies try­ing to win the heart of a lonely farmer and a lot of the time she was there just to lis­ten.

“It was more about talk­ing to take their mind off what as about to hap­pen.”

The Farmer Wants A Wife airs on Mon­days at 8.45pm on the Nine Net­work.

Match­maker host Sam McC­ly­mont en­joys work­ing on The Farmer Wants a Wife.

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