SO­PHIE’S SURE TO S TIR HEAR TS

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION - ANNA BRAIN NA­TIONAL TV CRITIC

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

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

Monk ( pic­tured) sets the bar low, say­ing she hopes Aus­tralia won’t think she’s “a com­plete tool”. 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 twotoned flower that grants the re­cip­i­ent two sought- af­ter dates.

Monk in­tro­duces her fam­ily, who we will hope­fully see more of dur­ing the sea­son.

Her par­ents have been mar­ried for 43 years, and her sis­ter can’t wait to see men try­ing to steal a kiss, be­cause “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, the wrong sort and the right.

Ma­gi­cian Apollo, 24, is an early stand­out. With easy man­ners, good looks and a buff bod, he would be a good pick for next year’s Bach­e­lor.

Ryan, 26, is the early con­tender for se­ries vil­lain. He says he is look­ing for “spon­ta­nu­ity” ( spon­tane­ity and in­ge­nu­ity?) in a re­la­tion­ship.

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

Let’s give the last word to the lady of the hour, and hope that she is right: “I’ve got a re­ally good feel­ing about this, and my in­tu­ition is pretty good.”

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