by PAY CHEN
The Bachelor Canada premieres with an all-Canuck cast, this fall on Citytv. To get exclusive info on the first-ever Canadian Bachelor, Brad Smith, including his favourite Canadian hockey team and why he loves girls in sweats, click here. For more on the romantic dates and dramatic rose ceremonies on the nine-episode series, click here.
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The identity of the other good-looking man in the Bachelor house was finally revealed today! Meet the host of The Bachelor Canada, Tyler Harcott.
The veteran Canadian TV host admits he talks a lot to Brad Smith off-camera and that our loveable Bachelor is 100% in it to find the love of his life. Get ready fans! Tyler assures me The Bachelor Canada will not disappoint. But you’ll be able to decide for yourself when it debuts this fall on Citytv. For now, here’s some more inside dish with Harcott:
Pay Chen: What can we expect from The Bachelor Canada?
Tyler Harcott: Since ours is Canadian it will feature staggeringly attractive people being very polite and apologizing every 45 seconds. Seriously, I am so proud of what we’ve accomplished so far. The show is going to look amazing; from the production values, to the locations, to the onscreen drama. And yes, there will be drama.
PC: How would you describe Brad?
TH: Although he’s younger than the average Bachelor candidate, Brad possesses a sense of maturity that defies his years. It’s really easy to like this guy. He’s charming, smart and funny as hell. And for some reason the ladies seem to appreciate his Adonis-like physique.
PC: What’s surprised you during your time in the house?
TH: How drama just creates itself. No assistance required. This process emotionally takes the ladies and our Bachelor to places that I don’t think many of them expected they could or would go. Some of it is very raw and incredibly uncomfortable. You want to turn away out of respect, but you can’t because it’s just so damn powerful.
PC: What percent of the bachelorettes will Canada love, versus the ones we might not?
TH: Wow, that’s hard to say as everyone has their own tastes. There will be something to love and loathe in all of them. Except for one…and no, I’m not going to say who.
PC: How much action takes place in the hot tub?
TH: When I’m in it, none. When Brad and the ladies are present they need a play-by-play and colour guy.
PC: What’s the atmosphere like during rose ceremonies?
TH: Overtime, game seven of a playoff series, only with more makeup. Everyone has that combined feeling of anxiety and anticipation wondering if this is the night they fall short or live to play another day.
PC: What’s one piece of advice you’d give the bachelorettes?
TH: Enjoy yourself, be yourself and ask good questions. This is just as much about finding out if the Bachelor is right for you.
PC: How confident are you that Brad will pick the right woman?
TH: If she’s there, he’ll find her. I can assure you Brad isn’t playing around, he’s in this for the right reasons. When you hear his story, you’ll understand why.
PC: What’s the best part about hosting The Bachelor Canada?
TH: Beyond the enormous payday? I’m kidding; seriously…can I borrow a fiver? I would have to say just bearing witness to this amazing social event happening before my eyes. I can’t say it enough, the people on this show are brave and truly here to find love. From the periphery it’s easy to be a doubter, but when you’re here in the thick of it, you can’t help but believe.
PC: The most challenging part?
TH: Standing in front of a room full of magnificent-looking women who are all staring, anxiously waiting to hear what I have to say. And me becoming so flustered I can barely remember my own name. I honestly don’t know how Brad does this.
PC: We still have four months before the show debuts. What makes it worth the wait?
TH: The host, of course. Nobody draws attention to a blatantly obvious final rose of the night like me. Take that Chris Harrison. Harcott has scored for Canada!