Southwest boy destined for Farmers Want A Wife
THIS Sunday Australia will embark on a journey for love with Cunnamulla farmer, Alex Taylor in his quest to find his soulmate as he puts his heart on the line on national television.
The young cattle and sheep farmer will appear on this year's season of Farmer Wants A Wife, and although Alex didn't reveal if he found love on the reality show, he did admit he had to crawl over a few people and break a few hearts in search of cupid.
With the show set to premiere on Sunday, it will be a sudden change for the 28-year-old who is used to working in isolation on a 78,000-acre farm in outback Queensland, a town with a population of just over 1000 people.
"Finding love certainly hasn't been easy," Alex said.
"Between working in mining, a male dominated industry for two weeks then one week on the farm, where there's a woman shortage - I haven't had the opportunity to put myself out there."
But he's left it in the hands of host Natalie Gruzlewski, hoping she will play cupid and find him and four other farmers a match on the 10th season of the romantic reality show.
Will he find the one though?
"You'll just have to wait and see - I can't spoil it for you now, can I," he laughed.
"I'm happy I took the opportunity and put myself out there, it was worth it."
The energetic larrikin said never in his wildest dreams did he think he would consider himself a reality show contestant.
"I was actually in Roma working for Wild Desert on the rigs," Alex said.
"It's a complete contrast to what I was doing on the show. I was out there working until I was filming the show, then took some time off work for the show, then COVID hit.
"We're still experiencing quite a bad drought out here now so just a bit of calm time before I head back to work."
The show was filmed before the COVID-19 global pandemic in the midst of an Outback summer amid 40-degree weather, which gave a lot of the women hoping to pair with a farmer a reality check of country life.
Alex said there were only two days over 40-degrees - "pretty mild weather," he said.
"The girls would say to me 'God how does anything survive out here," he said.
"They wondered how I lived out here with this heat.
"But nah, overall the flies were a bit tough on them, but they did pretty well. The crew looked after us bringing us hats, water, sunscreen."
Although reality shows are an unlikely place to find love, Alex may have picked the right series, the previous nine seasons have resulted in nine marriages and 20 babies.
However, it's Alex's mates ensuring his life isn't all love and roses.
"I'm now the butt of all jokes," he admitted.
"They see all the commercials and say 'what a load of crap', 'poor lonely little farmer'.
The self-described adventurous soul who's in touch with his emotions, said he isn't too concerned about how the show will portray him.
"When I watch it on Sunday, it'll be the first time along with everyone else in Australia," he said.
"I have full confidence it will be tasteful. I think everyone needs some wholesome and genuine TV right now during this time.
"It will be a way people can connect with their country roots. There's a bit of a divide between city and the bush and people don't know what goes on out here so I hope it will help connect that divide.
"People can get an insight and come see our backyard."
He jumped right into the deep end and said he didn't have too many fears about going onto the show.
"I guess I didn't really know what to expect," he said.
"More concerned about hurting the girls and their feelings - I didn't really know how they would go.
"And worried about being conflicted on who I liked - that was the scariest part of it all."
He did however, find it a tad awkward when the camera crew would say "don't mind us, we're not here".
"It was a bit of a shock to the system that's for sure," he said.
"You're trying to be intimate and tell the girl you like her, then the camera is zooming right in, it's a bit distracting."
We wish Alex the best of luck.
Farmer Wants A Wife premiers on Sunday.