Just when it feels like there couldn’t possibly be another reality TV dating show, Channel 10’s new series, The Real Love Boat comes along.
With a cast of young singles ready to mingle, the show is similar to Married At First Sight, but thrown on a boat with a twist of Below Deck-style drama. Hosts Darren McMullen and Cruise Director Hannah Ferrier (who, surprise surprise, starred on Below Deck herself) will lead the cast through a series of dates and compatibility tests which will determine if science and matters of the heart can really align.
Once aboard the ship, the Aussie contestants will sail through Spain, Greece, France, Italy, Turkey and Montenegro, so expect some pretty spectacular destination dates.
So what’s the catch and how does one “win” the show? According to the official synopsis, only the strongest connections get to make it to the next port—in other words, if you’re on the boat for the wrong reasons, you’ll be dumped and taken back to land. Ultimately, we can assume one couple will be crowned winners and sail off into the sunset.
The premise is based off a fictional television show from the 1970s, The Love Boat, which followed Captain Stubing and the cruise ship crew as they helped passengers with their romantic connections.
“Nothing brings your walls down like looking for love…. Not being able to walk away and leave, I think, is a really big thing—but in some ways it’s a good thing as well. You’ve got to stick it out,” Ferrier said of the new show, via Sydney Morning Herald.
“I know the Mediterranean, I know dating. All the pieces came together,” she added.
So who are the singles we’re about to get to know all too well? Below, meet the entire cast looking for love on The Real Love Boat.
Moana Berryman, 26, Queensland
Mikaila Norman, 23, Queensland
Katie Langford, 25, Queensland
Tyler Grayling, 23, New South Wales
Chelsea Murray, 28, Queensland
Sari Thaiday, 25, Queensland
Courtney Justin, 25, Victoria
Sally Victoria, 31, Western Australia
Naomi Tibbles, 28, Queensland
Keanu Moore, 26, New South Wales
Joshua Hack, 28, New South Wales
Jesse Anderson, 23, Victoria
Jay Bonnell, 30, New South Wales
Jack, 35, New South Wales
Harley Anderson, 23, Queensland
Daniel Goodburn, 25, Queensland
Dalton Ford, 27, Queensland
Chris Antos, 29, Australian Capital Territory
Ben Milne, 39, Queensland
Paddy Hughes, 27, New South Wales
Paul Antoine, 28, Western Australia