Yeppoon girl tries her luck at reality TV love
WHEN Yeppoon's Jasmine Cullen clicked on the Facebook link to the Farmer Wants A Wife application form, with a glass of wine in one hand and her best friend looking over her shoulder, she never thought she'd be filming the show two months later.
The local mother-of-two is one of the 48 women from across Australia who will appear on the first episode of the series this Monday night where they'll meet the six farmers for the first time.
Jasmine, 27, said when she applied for the show back in May she never thought she would actually be selected.
"I love the show and watch the show every year," she said.
"One night my friend and I were at home drinking a bottle of wine and I saw an advertisement on Facebook about it. I just thought to myself why not, but never in a million years did I think it was actually going to result in being on the show.
"I really liked the look of farmer Julz, I just thought he looked like someone who had a bit of character and would have similar interests to me. He also has a daughter so I thought he'd relate to being a single parent.
"A month later I got a call and was told I'd been selected. I had to sit down for a bit when I was on the phone because I was so blown away that he actually wanted to meet me. I flew to the Hunter Valley in July to film the first part of the show just after having a bad horse accident so I was in a bit of pain but it was worth it."
For Jasmine, living on the land wouldn't be a big sea change if she does win over farmer Julz's heart, as the local paediatric nurse already lives on a farm of her own.
"Farm life is pretty much all I've ever known, having grown up out of town," she said.
"I love living on a property and I can't imagine living in town so a farmer would suit me well. Farmer Julz is so lovely and a really beautiful guy.
"All of the girls I met on the show are now friends of mine and we've all really bonded. It was such an overwhelming and nerve-racking experience with the cameras around all of the time but I'm really glad I decided to apply for the show because it was a once in a lifetime experience."
Jasmine will be surrounded by friends and family on Monday night when the show premieres on WIN at 8.45pm.