If you don't have DStv Premium you'll still be able to watch 'The Bachelor' tonight

The Bachelor, Marc Buckner. (Photo supplied: M-Net)
The Bachelor, Marc Buckner. (Photo supplied: M-Net)

M-Net and MultiChoice have some fantastic news for romantic souls and reality show lovers in South Africa. The much-anticipated first episode of The Bachelor SA season 2 will be coming your way on Thursday night.

If you are subscribed to DStv's Family, Compact and Compact Plus packages you too will have access to the bachelor.

M-Net 101, which is usually available for the DStv Premium audience only, will be live on these packages between 19:00 and 20:30 – for one night only!

In the 90-minute premiere of The Bachelor SA, easy-on-the-eye property owner, day-trader and international model Marc Buckner will meet the 22 gorgeous ladies who will be vying for his heart – and maybe become the love of his life.

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"The diverse group of ladies, who come from a variety of backgrounds, will be pulling out all the stops to conjure up chemistry with Marc on the red carpet," says M-Net's Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. "They're all planning to step out in style, but some of the high heels will trip over Cupid's arrows, while others will ignite the firsts sparks of romance. You don't want to miss a moment of these first impressions!"

Once Marc has met all the ladies, they must do what it takes to allow him to get to know them a little better at the glamorous cocktail party. After that our man of the moment needs to make some tough decisions.

There are 22 ladies, but only 20 red roses to hand out!

Only those with roses will continue their love journey in the next episode.

"But also expect a twist at tonight's rose ceremony that will have the tongues wagging," Lombard adds.

The Bachelor SA Season 2 will be screened on M-Net from Thursday, 13 February at 19:00. DStv Premium viewers can also catch all the romance on Catch Up, or stream the episodes live via their mobile devices on DStv Now.

Compiled by Alex Isaacs.