TV’s Bach­e­lor boss loves cast­ing crew

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE - TIF­FANY DUNK Na­tional TV Edi­tor

THE cast­ing team for The Bach­e­lor and The Bach­e­lorette are the best dat­ing app on the mar­ket, ac­cord­ing to ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Stephen Tate.

Not only have they cre­ated long- term love matches in Tim Ro­bards and Anna Hein­rich and, more con­tro­ver­sially, Blake Garvey and Louise Pil­lidge, but they hope to strike gold twice more in the com­ing months.

With Sam Wood’s sea­son of The Bach­e­lor hit­ting screens shortly, Tate says that the new­comer was, “pretty happy with our choices. In fact, we overde­liv­ered”.

And as for The Bach­e­lorette Sam Frost, the girl who was orig­i­nally Garvey’s first choice?

“I’m very close with what’s hap­pen­ing at the mo­ment,” says Tate of the process.

“And it’s all look­ing very en­cour­ag­ing.”

And the show’s lead­ing men and women aren’t the only ones who have ben­e­fited from the team’s Mi­das touch.

Hav­ing worked hard to cast peo­ple at “the right time in their life” for love, many of the women who’d pre­vi­ously com­peted for a rose are now in suc­cess­ful re­la­tion­ships.

Last week, sea­son one run­ner- up Ali Oet­jen an­nounced her en­gage­ment, join­ing a slew of oth­ers who found love matches post their time on the show.

“There are very few who are still sin­gle,” says Tate. “It’s a tes­ta­ment to the cast­ing process that many of them go off and find love pretty quickly.”

“Plus it’s the best ad­ver­tise­ment you can get as a sin­gle per­son. Can you think of any more pow­er­ful dat­ing ap­pli­ca­tion than free- to- air tele­vi­sion?”

Move over Tin­der, The Bach­e­lor has ar­rived.

New Bach­e­lorette Sam Frost.

New Bach­e­lor Sam Wood.

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