140 suits, 10 kg of rose petals, 296 roses – the startling numbers behind making The Bachelorette SA

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Qiniso Van Damme on the set of The Bachelorette SA.
Qiniso Van Damme on the set of The Bachelorette SA.
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Qiniso Van Damme has started her quest for love on the Bachelorette SA's first season on M-Net (DStv 101).

But what exactly went into making this show? How many bottles of bubbly, and just how many roses did they use?

While Sixteen Candles is the title of the 1984 romantic movie, The Bachelorette SA lit 265 candles during the production and opened 42 bottles of sparkling wine, and used a whopping 296 roses.

An eye-popping 42 flower arrangements adorn the show across the various episodes, while a full 10kg of rose petals were lavishly strewn.

The lighting team on the show unrolled and draped over 3.6 km of fairy lights.

The eligible bachelors' wardrobe would put shame to Tori Spelling's infamous revolving hanger closet: 140 suits were bought in, fitted, pressed and worn during the season.

Spare a thought for the editors who have to decide what goes in and what is left on the cutting-room floor in post-production: More than 800 hours of footage were filmed for the season.

And here's another astounding number as South African and African TV productions from MultiChoice and M-Net ranging from Survivor SA and Big Brother Naija to Love Island SA and Op My Eish! have become "production bubble" shows during Covid-19: A whopping 13 824 hours were spent in quarantine during the making of The Bachelorette SA.

SEE SOME BEHIND-THE-SCENES PICS HERE:

Lights, camera and action. 140 suits were bought i
Lights, camera and action. 140 suits were bought in.
3.6 km of fairy lights.
3.6 km of fairy lights.
296 roses were used.
296 roses were used.
Qiniso Van Damme on the set of The Bachelorette SA
Qiniso Van Damme on the set of The Bachelorette SA.
Preparations for a group date.
Preparations for a group date.
Behind the scenes on The Bachelorette SA.
13 824 hours were spent in quarantine.
800 hours of footage were filmed.
800 hours of footage were filmed.
Getting ready for a date.
Getting ready for a date.

The Bachelorette SA airs Thursdays at 19:30 on M-Net (DStv 101)

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