SABC 2 has announced a new reality show called Love Is Love, which it describes as “a dynamic new dating series that is set to open South Africans world to alternative forms of meeting people.”
“Love Is Love follows love-seekers searching for the perfect match. Each of the contestants have a lot to offer and are inviting other interested singles from around the country to enter and join them in their quest for love,” the TV channel explained in a media statement on Tuesday (14 March).
“With the help of their best friend, each contestant will pick their stand-out entries from the list of entrants who have entered to be a part of this process. They will then go on a group date with their chosen candidates where two will be selected to go on a more personal one-on-one date. Eventually, the contestant will pick the candidate they want to get to know better during the episode’s big finale.”
In other words, the show has 11 pre-selected contestants who are looking for a match. These contestants have explained what they are looking for in a romantic partner, and members of the public are free to enter the show if they are interested in one or more of the contestants.
“The television series will give contestants their time to shine, show off their personality and go on a series of exciting dates and the opportunity to find love – all on the small screen! If you’ve got a dynamic personality and want to shoot your shot with this season’s contestants, Love Is Love is looking for you!” SABC 2 stated.
SABC 2’s ‘Love Is Love’ contestants
The 11 Love Is Love contestants vary widely in terms of age – from 22 to 65 – as well as preferences, including some who identify as lesbian, gay or swing both ways.
A 27-year-old female from Cape Town interested in women between the ages of 27 and 45. Yentel loves living active. She’s very adventurous and loves attending festivals, going rock climbing, pole dancing and DJing. She’s looking for someone ambitious, kind-hearted, respectful and someone who knows what they want.
Rosette 50-year-old woman from Johannesburg who is interested in men between the ages of 45 and 60. She’s an adventurous person who loves exercise, particularly yoga and swimming. Her ideal man is a great communicator, kind, empathetic and tall.
Eric Von Brandis
A 38-year-old single dad interested in men between the ages of 30 and 45. He is an award-winning hairstylist from Johannesburg who is very creative and arty. He is looking for someone who is kind, loyal, well-groomed and has morals.
Eudes is a 27-year-old man from Cape Town interested in women between the ages of 20 and 30. His ideal partner should be supportive, has a good heart and is mature. Eudes believes he is a great partner because he is bold and charismatic. He loves writing poetry, the outdoors and going to the gym, where martial arts is his exercise of choice.
22-year-old Ethan is a drama teacher from Cape Town who is interested in both men and women between the ages of 20 and 30. For him, good communication is key, and he is looking for someone who is respectful and funny.
A 30-year-old woman from Johannesburg, Chimenuex is interested in men of any age. She loves swimming, hitting the gym, singing, dancing and takes up martial arts. She is looking for a man who is kind, considerate and a great sense of humour.
Anga is a 26-year-old food stylist from Johannesburg who interested in men between the ages of 30 and 40. She is a massive foodie who is looking to meet a man who shares her zest for life and passion for food.
Andra is a 56-year-old woman from Cape Town interested in men of any age. She is a marketing executive who is looking for a man who is caring, gentle and ready to have some fun! She is positive, energetic and loves to cook.
Simphiwe Jack Mabaso
Simphiwe is a 28-year-old man from Johannesburg interested in women. He is a television and theatre actor and fitness trainer. He is looking for a lady who is loyal, honest, a go getter, career driven, and independent. He is a dreamer, a go getter, he loves going to gym and taking care of his body and health.
Stacy is 34 and from Cape Town and interested in men who are 30 plus. She is a regional events manager and part time model. She is looking for someone who loves animals, who is adventurous, ambitious and takes care of themselves. She is very family orientated and takes good care of her health and wellbeing.
Wimpie van der Merwe
Wimpie is a 65-year-old man from the Western Cape. Wimpie is a world champion cyclist and the CEO of his own company with a strong and positive mindset. He is interested in meeting ladies from 45 years old, who are active, intelligent, have a great sense of humour and someone who is soft spoken with Christian values. He is easy going, highly focused and lives life to the fullest.
How to enter
If you’re interested in going on a date with one of the contestants and OK with documenting your search for love on TV, you can complete a simple entry form online here. Additionally, you can enter via the Love Is Love website or the show’s official Facebook and Instagram pages.
Love Is Love is set to premiere on SABC 2 later this year.