Cummins was announced as the star of the latest season last week, ahead of filming, which was received with much praise. The praise wasn’t just from me, okay. Yes, I do write far too much about the Bachie and yes, I have a habit of getting emotionally invested in the lives of others rather than my own. But I know at least three people who will watch the show.
First thing’s first, who is the Honey Badger? Cummins is a 30-year-old rugby union player who rose to prominence for his unique phraseology and use of Australian slang in a post-match press conferences.
Cummins had a 15-test-match career with the Wallabies and played a season with the Australians Sevens team, as well as taking the field in Japan, but is now taking a break from the game.
He modelled his game on the Honey Badger — which is fearless and will take on any animals — earning his unique nickname.
It’s a smart move by Channel 10, hot on the heels of fellow “relatable” Australian celebrity Sophie Monk handing out the roses during The Bachelorette.
Cummins will create great social media clips and will attract viewers to see how many weird sayings he can fit into an episode.
The lovely larrikin is sure to win hearts and minds with his down-to-earth nature while earning Channel 10 some good ratings.
Many on the internet are asking if there will be subtitles, or how realistic and relatable it’ll be to see The Badgelor (I wish I came up with that) take his date on a private helicopter to a clifftop lunch where there are beautiful candles and set decorations and food they never eat.
But he’s probably more likely to afford that kind of lifestyle than a regular Joe from Melbourne who we are normally led to believe “planned” the dates.
I really don’t think it’ll be all ocker all the time. Cummins had a great interview with The Project where he said he’d be choosing dates based on vibes not looks and was looking for his third type of love.
He stepped away from national duties in 2014 to head overseas where the pay was better so he could support his dad and seven siblings, some of whom have severe medical issues.
I think it’s safe to conclude family is pretty important to him and he’ll be looking for the real deal, not just a short branding boost.
You can tell when people are just milking it (looking at you everyone on Bachelor in Paradise) and, while that’s entertaining, it’s nice to see people being genuine too.
While people will be switching on to see this true blue bloke find his missus, they might stay for some cute moments.
Then again they might not. It is reality television after all.