That’s when your heart starts thumping, because all of a sudden you’re thrown onto the set, and it’s like “okay, we have to sort this out.” For me as the host, I often just get to sit back and see a lot of what is happening. Most of the time I’m going, “oh my god, what’s going to happen next? Those weddings we’ve done on The Edge have all been very successful.I put that down to the fact that people behind the scenes do so much research into those involved, you even go back and interview their families and everything.So from there, how did your Shopping Channel gig come about? There were the big shows, but obviously few opportunities for a silly little Southland boy with minimal TV experience.
Because you can love building a house, but that’s a material asset. It is the love story of one guy who has decided that the time is right for him now to find a companion, and he is willing to put himself out there to find that one person. It was such a shame that show ended actually, it was quite disappointing.
People on fall in love with their houses, but at the end of the day a house is not a person. It was a weird slot though, we were coming off the back of into trying to dissect the situation in the Middle East for teenagers. We were the first to have the option to text in and the first to integrate a website into the show.
For a little country like New Zealand, I love watching those old shows and seeing how far we have come in the TV landscape.
Do you think reality TV has it’s place in New Zealand?
I didn’t need a lot of convincing that he was perfect for the job. My job was just to intertwine between the Bachelor and the girls and let everybody know what was happening.
When you’re in radio, you tend to be very dramatic and loud, whereas in television you’ve got pictures to do all that for you.
Absolutely, you learn so much about human characters when you watch all those shows.
On I don’t really care what the actual process is – for me it’s about how their lives can be changed by taking part in something like this. Even when I was growing up, there was that Heartland documentary that came to town when I was at St Peters in Gore.
I’m assuming there’s going to be a lot of conflict between the Bachelorettes.
Did you find yourself in the middle of drama at all during filming?
I did alright though – I think I was about fourth if I remember correctly.