- M-Net on Sunday night confirmed that South Africa will be getting its own season of The Bachelorette.
- Pre-production for the show is already taking place with the identity of the leading lady to be revealed later this week.
- Single guys will now have the opportunity to enter the show to find love.
- The show is due to air in early 2021.
M-Net in a statement to the media on Sunday confirmed that South Africa will have its first ever season of The Bachelorette.
After two successful seasons of The Bachelor, a leading lady will now take centre stage.
According to the statement the local version of the global franchise spin-off series, The Bachelorette South Africa, is already in pre-production and the identity of the country’s "rose like no other" will be revealed later this week.
"Choosing our first Bachelorette was a daunting task," said Lani Lombard, M-Net’s Head of Publicity.
"Even though it’s not a hard-and-fast rule, it is customary for the spin-off programme to pick a lady from previous Bachelor seasons."
Lani added: "In this regard, we’re spoilt for choice. Both seasons featured many stunning ladies who could easily step into this coveted role and we know how fans fervently rooted for their favourites on social media. Behind the scenes, we were also contacted by other potential bachelorettes with strong credentials, but who did not appear on the show."
It's now the turn for single guys to get ready to put their names forward if they wish to become part of the love journey. Entries for the show will open immediately after the name of South Africa’s very first bachelorette is announced.
Since 2003, when the first US season of The Bachelorette was launched, the popular gender-reversed spin-off of The Bachelor has been produced in numerous countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Finland and India.
The recent first season in New Zealand also had the tongues wagging. Instead of having one bachelorette, the Kiwis picked two.
M-Net is planning to have The Bachelorette season 1 on its schedule early next year, with filming taking place as soon as possible in 2020.