The next New Zealand scholar has been revealed, and he is a very familiar face.
Sol3 Mio’s famous Moses Mackay and co-host of the Flava’s Breakfast show will share roses in the hopes that he meets someone special in the new season of The Bachelor NZ.
Speaking to the Herald, Mackay talked about the time he decided to go on the fourth season of the reality show – and it wasn’t instant huh.
“Definitely not. That was the first thought that crossed my head when I got the phone,” said Mackay.
However, the 30-year-old musician changed his tone as he thought more of the opportunities and put himself out there, plus the pandemic meant he didn’t travel as much as playing in international shows.
“I sat with him, I processed it, and thought, ‘life is all about adventure, so why not?'”
He admits his bandmates and cousins Pene and Amitai laughed enough when he told them the news.
“They laughed, and they laughed, and they urged me to do it. Mainly because they wanted to watch the show and laugh,” but added that his Sol3 Mio bandmate was “100 percent supportive” of his decision to appear on the show.
This particular adventure will see Mackay looking for love openly, but in some ways, he’s used to being in the spotlight. Mackay competed on Celebrity Treasure Island in 2019 and it gave him a feeling of being on reality television.
“I don’t have control over how I’m portrayed,” he said, speaking of his attitude while filming the show.
“I just said to myself, ‘if I was just me’, all they describe is the version of me they see.”
When asked if there was a serenade in the shop when she met someone special on the show, Mackay admitted she hadn’t watched The Bachelorette NZ, the current female-led version of the show, so couldn’t speak to her. song that didn’t work from this season.
“With me being me, you might hear me sing!”
Mackay shared that he’s been in love before, so he knows what it feels like when he’s connected with that special someone.
“A lot of creatives will be linked to this – we’re living a very unique life,” adds Mackay.
“I’m quite grateful that I’ve traveled the world and I’ve seen a lot of cool things and performing everywhere. I potentially don’t have much time to give to a relationship.
“I feel like I spend a lot of time giving to my family, and my friends and I are always giving to others.
“But I never really gave myself a chance to fall in love.
“I know how he feels. So I don’t shoot in the dark. But, life does things that make you move and grow, you flourish. So, yeah, now I finally do a TV show, which is still weird to me!”
What was Musa looking for in The Bachelor?
Mackay has given readers some ideas about the type of woman he is looking for on the show.
“For me, I’m looking for kindness and compassion, and all those great qualities in people.”
“I’m a pretty empathetic person, so I can understand when someone is not living.”
She told the Herald that her ideal first date is one where two people get to know each other well, and is not a fan of going to the movies for a first date for that reason.
On the other hand, “a cool dinner or adventure” fits the style more.
Art Green is back hosting the new season, following the host’s show at The Bachelorette NZ season two, which is streaming now. He is married to Matilda Green (nee Rice), whom he met in the first season of the NZ version of the franchise.
If she finds the right spark and perhaps soulful singing, Mackay might get lucky in love too.
• Bachelor New Zealand premiere on Tuesday, March 2, 7:30 pm on TVNZ 2, and tune in to hear Sol3 Mio weekday mornings at the Flava breakfast show.
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