Now for ‘The Bachelorette’ SA

Bachelor’ Mark Buckner and contestants in the 2020 season of The Bachelor South Africa. One of the women could be the star of the first season of The Bachelorette South Africa, scheduled for M-Net early in 2021.

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BY BILLY SUTER

FOLLOWING the success of two seasons of The Bachelor South Africa, M-Net is to introduce the local version of the global franchise spinoff series, The Bachelorette South Africa, early in 2021.

The series is already in pre-production and the identity of the country’s “rose like no other” will be revealed within a few days, according to an M-Net spokesman.

“Choosing our first ‘bachelorette’ was a daunting task,” says M-Net’s head of publicity, Lani Lombard. “Even though it’s not a hard-and-fast rule, it is customary for the spin-off programme to pick a lady from previous Bachelor seasons.”

She adds: “In this regard, we’re spoilt for choice. Both M-Net seasons featured many stunning ladies who could easily step into this coveted role, and we know how fans fervently rooted for their favourites on social media. Behind the scenes, we were also contacted by other potential ‘bachelorettes’ with strong credentials, but who did not appear on the show.”

While South Africa is waiting for M-Net and production company Rapid Blue to reveal its first ‘bachelorette’, single men should get ready to put their names forward if they wish to become part of the love journey. Entries for the show will open immediately after the name of the ‘bachelorette’ is disclosed.

Since 2003, when the first US season of The Bachelorette was launched, the popular, gender-reversed spinoff of The Bachelor has been produced in numerous countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Finland and India.

The recent first season in New Zealand also had the tongues wagging. Instead of having one ‘bachelorette’, the Kiwis picked two!

M-Net is planning to have the first season of The Bachelorette South Africa on its schedule early next year, with filming taking place as soon as possible in 2020.


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