“The Real Love Boat Australia” has unveiled “Australia’s most eligible singles” who will hit screens on Oct. 5.
Network 10 said the cast – which will include identical twins and a “self-confessed awkward dater and bad flirt” – was “diverse, intelligent confident and boat-iful”.
It is made up of 21 men and women aged between 23 and 39, from New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, with careers spanning real estate, hairdressing, personal training, digital marketing, chef and distillery manager.
Harley, 23 from Queensland, said he’s the ultimate catch because he can cook and is “driven and respectful”, while Tyler, also 23 from NSW, said he’s “a lot for people to get used to”.
“The Real Love Boat Australia” will take place on a cruise ship moving through the Mediterranean with host Darren McMullen.
A recent trailer features host McMullen aboard the boat singing his rendition of “Love Boat”, accompanied by a montage of couples meeting aboard and going on various dates on land.
“The Real Love Boat” is produced by Eureka Productions in association with Buster Productions.
McMullen has previously said he is pumped to be part of the program.
“My first time on a ship and what better way to kick this off than cruising around the Mediterranean this summer,” he said. “This is one of those experiences that you really have to pinch yourself and can’t believe your luck. I feel incredibly blessed and I’m looking forward to seeing the romance blossom for our singles.”
There is also an upcoming U.S. version of “The Real Love Boat”. It is a CBS Original and will feature Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romjin as hosts. It is due to premiere on Oct. 5 in the U.S., the same day as the Australian premiere.
The format has been spawned from the 1977 TV series “The Love Boat”, a romantic comedy/ drama which took place on the luxury passenger cruise ship MS Pacific Princess. Both the series and the 1976 made-for-TV movie were based on the book “The Love Boats”, written by Jeraldine Saunders, a real-life cruise director.