The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SALLY COATES

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



Catch Gold Coast con­tes­tants Jake El­lis, Tara Pavlovic and Jake “Apollo” Spence on Bach­e­lor in Par­adise.

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