5 minutes with The Longest Date contestant, Onalenna Petek

The Longest Date contestant,  Onalenna Peteke
The Longest Date contestant, Onalenna Peteke

The Longest Date is a new reality dating show with a twist. Sixteen singles face grueling challenges in a bid to find love, and to win a grand prize of R100 000.

Why did you enter the competition?

I wanted to conquer my fears. As viewers have seen on the first episode, I’m not a swimmer and am absolutely scared of water and outdoor activities. I also wanted to conquer my fear of heights, and to give love a chance, seeing that I haven't been successful in that department.

What drew you to this particular show?

What I love about the show is the adventure aspect – the challenges that we have to conquer and, of course, the ultimate prize money of R100 000 and a free holiday.

Have you given up on traditional ways of finding love?

No I haven’t. Through this show, I wanted to experiment with other ways of finding love. Social media and the widespread use of Internet dating sites have reduced the amount of time devoted to getting to know a potential partner.

What’s your ideal partner?

That would be someone who understands my love language, which is quality time and undivided attention. I also love receiving gifts – after all, actions do speak louder than words. The act of giving a gift tells your partner that you cared enough to think about them, and you went out of your way to get something to make them smile. Lastly, physical touch, like holding hands and hugging, makes me happy. It’s the most direct way to communicate love. It calms, heals and reassures.

And your ideal date night?

It would be to take a brewery tour and, as clichéd as it sounds, ending the the night with stargazing.

Catch The Longest Date every Monday at 19:30 on SABC3.

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