Geraldton local Lucy Holland has mates to thank for ending up as an accidental contestant vying for a NSW man’s heart on Farmer Wants a Wife.
“I actually didn’t apply, I sort of got dobbed in for it,” she told The West Australian.
Holland has been single for the last three years after having spent most of her 20s in a serious relationship, but initially refused to throw her hat in the ring for the Channel Seven dating show.
“One of my friends…did it on my behalf, then I got an email one day just saying, ‘hi you have applied to be a farmer instead of one of the girls,’ I didn’t even apply to be a farmer let alone one of the girls,” Holland said.
“It was sort of a funny joke, and I wasn’t going to follow through with it, and then in the email they were like, ‘we are really keen for you to sign up anyway.’”
Holland she had found dating difficult in such a tight-knit community.
“It’s not great, any time I have been on dating apps or whatever, I have known a lot of the people or known of the people that are on there,” she added.
The show’s producers have promised that more than one farmer will find love this year as Will, Matt Sam and Andrew romance eight ladies with country getaways and good old fashioned farm work.
Of the eight women selected out of thousands who applied, five will be invited to return to the farm to see if they have what it takes to make it in the country.
“I’m so excited to guide our newest crop of nervous and loveable Aussie farmers in their search for true love,” series host Natalie Gruzlewski added.
Holland is hoping to be swept off her feet by New South Wales sheep farmer Andrew when the series returns to Seven on July 4.