THE GOLD COAST SINGLES GETTING A SECOND CHANCE AT REALITY ROMANCE
Georgia Love, Matty J and Sophie Monk – not only were they all the objects of desire in their own respective seasons of The Bachelor or Bachelorette, but they all chose Gold Coasters as their third best match.
In a strange coincidence, Jake Ellis, Tara Pavlovic and Jake “Apollo” Spence all came third in consecutive seasons, and as of Sunday you can watch them have another shot at televised love on Bachelor in Paradise.
The format sticks prominent former contestants on an island together, which means everyone has at least a little knowledge of each other. But that wasn’t necessarily a good thing.
“I didn’t think I would like anyone,” straight-shooter Tara says.
“There weren’t too many guys I thought I’d be attracted to – there were definitely guys where I thought ‘Yeah I’d be your friend’.
“They’re a bit too metro for me, I like a bloke, a man, rugged. When I first got there I wasn’t really blown away by anyone.
“Everyone was lovely, definitely many friendships formed. I wasn’t putting too much pressure on myself to find someone.
“I can’t say if I did or didn’t (end up with someone) but I’m very happy with the outcome.”
For others, interests were definitely piqued.
“I actually hadn’t watched The Bachelor before I went on,” Jake says.
“But I was hoping to meet Laurina, I heard she was a cool chick and I also had a bit of history with Megan, so I was looking forward to meeting her.
“I knew Florence before the show so she was definitely one of those familiar faces. She’s a funny girl and we were friends leading in.”
With an equal number of men and women, there are multiple rumours of love triangles and even love squares. But despite this, Apollo says this format is far more enjoyable.
“It’s more laid-back, a bit more natural and less confronting,” Apollo says.
“If you are liking someone you can spend the whole day with them until they get sick of you.
“Everyone’s had that reality dating experience from The Bachelor/ette, so people were a lot less nervous and tense.
“Also, it’s literally in paradise, which doesn’t hurt.”
If we’re playing an odds game, it’s obvious contestants have a far higher shot at finding love than they did on The Bachelor/ette. There the chances were one in 20ish.
Here there’s the potential that every single person could leave loved up. But to find their right match they’ve got to test the waters.
“You don’t have to try and like someone if you just don’t feel anything for anyone,” Tara says.
“On The Bachelor you have to force yourself to like someone and, really, what are the chances of 20 girls all being compatible with one guy?” Apollo had mixed feelings. “It’s definitely good and bad as in there’s more variety, so if you don’t click with one person, you’ve hung out you’re better off as friends, there’s so many girls you can hang out with and see if there’s a bit of a spark,” he says.
“It’s really good in that format but then if there’s different options there’s two to three people going for the same person and if someone was technically there first it can be a bit uncomfortable.”
Now begs the question on everyone’s mind: Do these guys really think they’re going to find love on this show, or are they just in it for the ride?
“I think it’s a bit of both,” Jake says. “My Bachelorette experience was amazing, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“When this came up it was the same.
“Everyone’s there for adventure and experience but how often to have a team of people helping you find love or a girlfriend?
“It’s an opportunity you can’t really pass up.” Bachelor in Paradise premieres Sunday 7.30pm on Channel 10
THEY’RE A BIT METRO FOR ME, I LIKE A BLOKE, A MAN, RUGGED.
Catch Gold Coast contestants Jake Ellis, Tara Pavlovic and Jake “Apollo” Spence on Bachelor in Paradise.