Well, ladies and gentlemen, the 2016 season of Farmer Wants A Wife has drawn to a close. Wives have been chosen. The metaphoric country sun has set. Throughout this years series we have seen tears, fears and plenty of sneaky smooches as our six farmers embarked on their quest for lasting love.
We were lucky enough to sit down with one of the series winners Melanie to ask her a couple of questions about life on reality TV and whether or not her experience in Tumby Bay was everything she thought it would be.
What made you decide to go on the show in the first place?
As any of my friends and family will tell you, it’s no secret I have a love for the country and big rugged men. I want space for my kids to grow up, and most importantly a heard of cattle! It’s been a joke amongst my friends for a while now that I should apply and last year I thought, “Okay, this will keep you quiet, I’ll apply!” I never thought I’d actually get to the Hunter Valley in episode one, let alone a farm stay.
How did your friends and family react when you told them you were doing it?
The general consensus was that they were excited. I remember telling my best friend with my head in my hands, not sure if I was embarrassed or excited – but I couldn’t stop smiling. My beautician basically booked her flights to South Australia to start planning the wedding as she had so much faith in me.
Mum was worried, as mums do. I remember after the speed date she asked me if there was a “spark”, to which I replied, “I met the guy for no longer than 5 minutes with half a dozen people watching our every word”. Safe to say it was the weirdest first date in the world.
What did you expect when you first started?
I had just moved back to Sydney after being rural for nearly six years, felt a little stuck, and thought to myself “write your story book”. Whatever I was going to take away from this experience was going to be a chapter in my book, so I’d best make the most of it.
I went in with no expectations. I’d never been to South Australia before so at the very least if I was the first to leave I could say I’d ticked that off my bucket list.
There was a point at the end when I was telling someone that my girlfriends and I had planned the wine list for the first episode viewing and Julz piped up with, “I thought you’d be watching it with me?”. The thought hadn’t even dawned on me that I’d end up with the Farmer.
Did you watch yourself back on TV? And if so, what did you think of the way you were portrayed?
We finished filming in September last year, I had tossed up whether or not I would watch it, but decided to.
The feedback I’ve been given from people who know me has been that they can see my personality coming through. For those that don’t know me, or didn’t, I’m severely sarcastic person and love a laugh. The ten second grabs haven’t done me much justice but those who know me well enough have had a good laugh.