Farmer Wants a Wife has evoked a bit of debate this season between viewers wanting the return of host Natalie, and supporters of the new host, Samantha Armytage.
I don’t know if talking tvers have a preference. To me, they are both about equal amounts of the sunshine and lollipops, and hopeful enthusiasm for romance, that the show requires from its hosts. There is no room for romantic cynicism.
It seems that producers are realising that viewers, most of us, don’t want the cast to consist of influencers, fame whores and trash talk, but that we want to see more “average” people. Ordinary people have sufficient quirks and “abnormalities ” to be interesting in their authenticity and with their peculiar vulnerabilities.
Of course, post production, we may discover that all was not as it seemed, but in the moment, weh can still enjoy the narrative. Notable casting this season is the inclusion of identical twin sisters, both riddled with insecurities, and an abundance of blue-eyed blondes. There are a few farm girls, and career girls.
We are now at the point in the show, where farmers are beginning to “develop feelings”, and starting to feel stronger inclinations towards one girl or another. I expect conflicts to increase and tensions to rise as the girls, women really, try to out bedazzle their rivals.
Do you have any favourites?
Farmer Wants a Wife airs on Seven.