Natalie hosts Farmer Wants a Wife
TWEED-based television golden girl Natalie Gruzlewski has swapped the exotic holidays of Getaway for life on the farm.
Ms Gruzlewski has returned to our TV sets as the host of Channel Nine's The Farmer Wants a Wife.
Now in its fourth season, she admits she wasn't so keen when the show was first pitched to her.
But when she started to learn more about it, and met the farmers, she knew it was a project for her.
“I'm happy to be part of such a great show.
“I get stopped in the street, people are really interested, they know so much about the farmers.”
Ms Gruzlewski reckons the real stars are the farmers.
“I'm just the traffic cop,” Ms Gruzlewski said with a laugh when describing her role on the reality dating series.
But it seems viewers can't get enough of the farmers.
Over three seasons, the show has become a firm favourite with television audiences, attracting huge ratings.
It has celebrated its first wedding, two engagements and now a baby, due in a matter of weeks.
The fourth season will hopefully see seven brides for seven farmers - well, that is the plan.
“It's incredible how successful it's been,” Ms Gruzlewski said. “And every series is quite different to the last.
“What I think sets this series apart is how different each of the characters are.
“We have a lot of older guys this year. They are definitely ripe for love.”
Ms Gruzlewski said it was the genuine natures of the farmers - the fact they really are looking for life partners in the middle of a “love drought” - that allows audiences to take the show to their hearts.
This year's twist sees a Queensland-based father and son both looking for love.
Ms Gruzlewski, also well known for her role as Lady Luck on rugby league's Footy Show, said The Farmer Wants A Wife enables viewers to see some lesser-known parts of Australia.
“There are certainly some beautiful backdrops,” she said.
The Tweed beauty first became familiar to local viewers some time ago as Nine's Gold Coast News weather girl before moving on to a newsreader role and then landing a dream gig on the Getaway travel show.
She has since married former pro-surfer Luke Egan.
The new season of The Farmer Wants A Wife began this week and will air on Mondays at 8.30pm.