Status: 20.11.2023, 19:09 PM
By: Lukas Einkammerer
Inka Bause has been hosting "Farmer Seeks Woman" for 18 years. However, it did not make itself popular in the early years.
Berlin – For 18 years, Inka Bause (54) has been helping lonely farmers find love in "Farmer Seeks Woman". Today, the romantic RTL format and its presenter have become an integral part of the German television landscape – but when it went on air for the first time in October 2005, the reactions were far less euphoric and Inka Bause had to endure harsh criticism.
"Was put down": Inka Bause speaks openly about difficult "Farmer is looking for a wife"
Not every couple who gets to know each other on "Farmer Seeks Woman" stays together forever, but the successful format has produced a large number of true reality dream couples. Whether it's Narumol (58) and her Josef (60), or Uwe (54) and his Iris (55) – these TV romances made viewers' hearts beat faster and have given the show a loyal fan base. However, as Inka Bause now reveals in an interview with the Teleschau news agency, she had to suffer greatly from the initially very negative opinions of the audience.
"On talk shows, I had to deal with buckets of verbal dirt being dumped on us," she recalls, "but the fight was worth it. In the meantime, I would say, we have created a small cult." Although the format of "Farmer Seeks Woman" does not differ much from other reality formats, it was not very popular with many viewers.
"The show was badly discredited. It was a disaster," explains Inka Bause, "We were accused of making fun of farmers and parading people. It wasn't just me who was put down, but the whole profession. But luckily that was a long time ago."
The First Dating Show
Today, everyone knows the many dome shows such as "The Bachelor", "Love Island" or even "Farmer Seeks Woman". But the history of the most romantic of all TV formats goes back to the 60s. In 1965, "The Dating Game" was the first show on the American channel ABC about singles in search of love. The special thing about it was that the candidates were separated by a colorful wall and could not see each other. So when choosing the perfect partner, you had to listen to your heart completely.
"Almost defamatory": Inka Bause harshly criticized for "Farmer is looking for a wife"
Even on the street, Inka Bause was confronted with nasty questions such as "How can you deal with farmers? Aren't you getting dirty with the show?" "I struggled with it for years. To this day, many people still deal with prejudices," reveals the presenter, who once worked for ARD and ZDF. "That's one of the reasons why a lot of people asked me afterwards what kind of crap I would do at RTL," she explains, "That was almost reputation-damaging."
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For "Farmer Seeks Woman", Inka Bause used to be the subject of hostility. © IMAGO/Monn Photo Agency; Screenshot/RTL+/Farmer is looking for a wife/Episode from November 20, 2023 (photomontage)
Nevertheless, she never thought about giving up, as she emphasizes in the Teleschau interview. "Anyone who knows me knows that I get stubborn. Especially because I was very impressed by the programme concept and I wanted to help people," emphasizes the Leipzig native, "So I'm all the more pleased about the success."
On Monday, November 20, the 19th season of "Farmer Seeks Woman" will premiere. Nevertheless, Inka Bause recently spoke openly about her uncertain future on the RTL show. Sources used:Teleschau; Insider.com