Actor Neels van Jaarsveld is searching for true love and kykNET (DStv channel 144) is embarking on a journey to find him a soulmate with the reality show, Op my Eish, coming to television screens early next year.
While entries for Op my Eish are currently open until 25 December 2020, The South African sat down with Neels to find out more about this exciting journey he is about to embark on.
Neels, who is known for TV shows such as Fynskrif and Die Spreeus, is set to play a different role this time: himself. Yes, the actor is looking for love.
“The format of the show is yet to be determined – but I believe it will be a mix of Boer Soek `n Vrou and The Bachelor. So, you can call it ‘Boerchelor’,” Neels jokingly explains. “This reality programme will be focused on finding a match for myself – and someone who accepts me for who I am.”
Neels says this is also a good time to experiment and maybe even get to know himself better.
“When we started the discussions about this reality programme, I thought they might want to use me as the presenter of the show. I thought it would be interesting, so I immediately said yes. But then they [organsiers] came and said that they wanted me as a bachelor. Then I thought, well, let’s see how this adventure will work out.”
At the moment, the producers from kykNET are looking for candidates to take part in the reality programme. So, ladies older than 21 – if you are tired of being alone and of dates with frogs who never turn into princes, and if you are ready for an exciting life with the hunky Neels van Jaarsveld, now is your chance!
“With the requirements set out as is, it would be interesting to see who decides to enter,” Neels says further. “I wonder what age the oldest candidate will be? And that’s exactly the thing of love… there isn’t really an age restriction.”
Neels says that he is also involved in the decision-making process that is currently taking place.
“I hope that there will be a lot of applications – so that we can get a versatile group to work with. It is a very interesting concept – even if is a bit strange and new.”
Apart from looking for love, Neels says that there is another dynamic he is eager to see play out. As Neels is already an established actor in South Africa, he wonders how people might perceive it:
“People who take part in a reality show like this usually become celebrities afterwards. So, it will be interesting to explore this dynamic. I think it is also going to be very interesting to find out who the viewers will eventually prefer. The intrigues and interaction taking place will surely be fascinating, but in the end, it is all about looking for sincere and true love.”
And with all of these dynamics at play, he is certain that it will be a very interesting programme for people to watch.
“I think this programme will affect a lot of people. That is also one of the main reasons I took on this project: to explore ‘the search for yourself’. Do you find it in yourself or in someone else?”
Neels does not necessarily watch reality dating programmes himself, but he did watch Netflix’s Too Hot Too Handle during the national lockdown. He is more interested in documentaries, though and meeting “good people”.
“It is important for me to find someone who is a good person – with a good heart, who is sincere and who is honest with me and herself. Someone who likes dogs is also a step in the right direction. I am looking to meet sincere people instead of people who pretend to be someone they are not.”
To enter, visit kyknet.dstv.com.