We haven’t even had a real, proper date or anything yet.” In case you don’t remember, Luke was on Jo Jo Fletcher‘s season, while Danielle was on the latest season with Nick Viall.
The best dating reality shows offer viewers the unique perspective of watching singles trying to find the perfect mate.
The seasons of the show as listed do not match the internally referenced season chronology because of two fictitious seasons.
Internally season one references the Joe Rutherford (Ben Stiller) season, and seasons two and three reference the Annie (Abigail Spencer) season.
(And we also found a topic he was less interested in discussing.) A condensed version of our chat follows. You’re watching the show and if someone is aware of modern American dating, it looks like real life…
Mike Puru, host of the new Kiwi version of the reality dating show The Bachelor, concedes that he wasn't an avid watcher of the longer-running US or Australian versions – but being picked to front the local show on TV3 has, shall we say, rejuvenated his interest. The show marks The Edge FM's breakfast show host's first real foray into prime-time TV, although he has been a regular face on The Shopping Channel. I've done TV presenting with Flipside years ago but that was in a TV studio reading an autocue, whereas this is more hosting and presenting, so I've certainly been on a crash course." The Bachelor might be a typical example of modern reality TV but Puru reckons it is treading an old-fashioned path to finding love."We're in the early stages but I've realised pretty fast that this is traditional one-on-one dating, quality time with each other – that slow process," says Puru.in February 2014, with the third season premiering on March 6, 2014.Season one was released on DVD on November 12, 2013.And the Bachelor, he is a very nice guy, very good-looking and he ticks all the boxes, so I think they are all pleasantly surprised."Ah, yes – the Bachelor who, at the time of this interview, had yet to be officially announced. "I don't know whether I could put myself through that sort of process on TV," says Puru.Puru has sized him up and says he is "very down-to-earth, very entrepreneurial.""He exercises a lot," says Puru. "But I guess to learn a bit about myself and to feel a bit more confident, it wouldn't be a bad thing to do.This is the big time, on a show in which TV3 has invested a lot."After a couple of years on the shopping network and 20 years on The Edge I was certainly keen to branch out into something like this," says Puru. "It's kind of going back to the olden days where everyone met up for a dance and they courted.So it's quite nice because it's getting back to that original getting to know each other face-to-face without technology. I think if everybody went through that process, relationships would probably be a lot more successful, because Kiwis are traditional meet-someone-at-a-pub, go home with them that night, and then decide whether or not they're going to have a relationship.The way that this programme works it's completely the opposite. And I think that, ultimately, there will be a love connection made here.It will be great if it ends like that."An old-fashioned path to love, perhaps, but the big difference is that the contestants are doing it in front of an audience of potentially millions (well, OK, hundreds of thousands).Season two of the series, which premiered in February 2013, stars June Diane Raphael reprising her role as season one contestant Julie, now the bachelorette given the chance to find the perfect man.Season three also premiered in 2013 and starred former contestants from seasons one and two competing for a 0 prize rather than for love (similar to Bachelor spin-off, Bachelor Pad).