Love in par­adise

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HOTLY an­tic­i­pated new se­ries Bach­e­lor in Par­adise Aus­tralia is like the last eight songs of a Foo Fight­ers con­cert, ac­cord­ing to TV cu­pid and all-round nice guy Osher Guns­berg.

“It has hit af­ter hit: ev­ery time the doors to par­adise open an­other one of your favourite for­mer con­tes­tants ap­pears and you go: ‘Oh, I re­ally liked her’, or: ‘Oh, I re­ally liked him, I hope they find some­one to cud­dle’ and: ‘Oh, wouldn’t they make a good match’,” he said.

Launch­ing on to the screen last Sun­day, much to the de­light of re­al­ity TV diehards sad to see the back of Mar­ried at First Sight, the Bachie spinoff sees the re­turn of dar­lings like Tara Pavlovic, vil­lains like Perth’s Blake Col­man and a few faces that are barely recog­nis­able: Ali Oet­jen?

But one re­jected con­tender has truly stolen Guns­berg’s heart – green thumb and So­phie Monk devo­tee, Jar­rod Woodgate.

“They are all my favourites but Jar­rod par­tic­u­larly so be­cause he is such a brave guy. He just fear­lessly lives his life out in the open and he’s a re­ally spe­cial guy; a spe­cial man who put it all out there,” the Syd­ney TV host said.

“I don’t know if many peo­ple would be brave enough to live their life so emo­tion­ally raw as Jar­rod does. Some peo­ple have said neg­a­tive things about him but for me that is more a re­flec­tion upon their own in­se­cu­ri­ties than any­thing to do with Jar­rod.”

Like the younger raunchier sis­ter of The Bach­e­lor and set in the lusty sur­rounds of a Fi­jian fantasy, the se­ries prom­ises plenty of pas­sion.

So just how hot and heavy will it get?

“We’ve got a 7.30pm times­lot so we had to make a 7.30pm times­lot show. How­ever, we’re all adults,” Guns­berg teased.

“You put a bunch of guys – who have eaten noth­ing but pro­tein shakes for the last eight weeks and have some­how ne­glected to pack enough shirts – in with a whole bunch of ladies in biki­nis and then roll ev­ery­one to­gether on a daybed in the hot tropic sun for a cou­ple of days; you can put two and two to­gether.”

Guns­berg found his own slice of love on The Bach­e­lor in 2014, last year mar­ry­ing the pro­gram’s make-up artist, Au­drey Grif­fen.

Osher Guns­berg: Put two and two to­gether.

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