PRODUCERS of a new dating series may have their work cut out for them if comments from Orange’s single population are anything to go by.
Sydney-based production company Southern Star has shortlisted Orange and Molong as possible locations to host its upcoming reality series When Love Comes to Town.
The show will match eligible men, aged between 25 to 39 years old, with women from metropolitan areas who are willing to relocate in order to find a love match.
However when the Central Western Daily asked online readers to tell us about Orange’s dating scene the results were grim.
“Unless you are living at a gym getting buff and have a big mine wallet you aren’t in the game at all,” one male reader commented.
It seems women were similarly unimpressed by the calibre of partners on offer in Orange, with one woman claiming Orange’s bachelors were “jobless junkies”.
Despite local scepticism about the dating scene, When Love Comes to Town’s casting producer Kate Rooney said Orange had a real chance of starring in the series.
She said the only criteria for anyone applying to be on the show is that they genuinely are looking for real love.
“I’m looking for guys all over regional NSW, but particularly Orange, Molong and surrounding towns,” Ms Rooney said.
“Apart from being a beautiful part of Australia, my research shows there is a high proportion of single men too.
“We know how hard it is for single guys in regional areas to meet single girls, so this show literally brings the girls to them and they are willing to relocate if they find ‘the one’.”
Ms Rooney said the show would also benefit the central west.
“It’s an opportunity to showcase the town on national television,” she said. “I know the area well and it’s beautiful.
“We will be filming an entire one-hour episode in the home town of two successful gentlemen and we aim to get the whole community involved, including local businesses.
“All we need are some single men to apply.”
Ms Rooney said she hoped to attract applicants from all walks of life.
“We want to find men with different hobbies, careers and backgrounds .... it’s open to anyone and everyone from firemen, tradesmen, butchers, farmers, doctors and teachers.
“I’m hoping to hear from any single gents, or any friends and family that would like to dob in a mate.”
The men will be contacted by the casting department before shooting begins.
Anyone interested in applying should go to www.whenlovecomestotown.com.au.
Applications close on September 6 and the series will be shot over a week in November or December.