DrThis fall, “The Bachelor” – perhaps one of the most famous TV dating concepts in the world – returns to Norwegian television screens. Tuesday 19 September 21.30 is the premiere on TVNorge, and the program will be broadcast on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from now on.
The TV series, which ran for three seasons from 2003 to 2006 in Norway, also comes with another conflict: this time up to two bachelors, and around twenty girls, will fight for their favour.
Everything was filmed on the Greek island of Rhodes. Which, according to presenter Kim Wiegaard (35), gives something completely different to the many dates than if it had been filmed in Oslo.
We meet him every now and then on days that are currently very busy. At the café table, he quietly chews a baguette with shrimp, while thinking about what to reveal and what not to reveal from the recording.
– You can expect exotic, romantic and luxurious dates, which you probably never had the chance to have in Oslo.
-You can expect to double your chances of love. You can expect beautiful Norwegian girls. Two very different bachelors. You can expect drama to happen. Some girls change their minds, there are single people after all.
– What??!! Yes, this is a possibility!
“It could happen,” Kim smiles slyly as he continues.
-Some are certainly there for one, some for the other, and some for both. And along the way you might discover that maybe he wasn’t the right person? Maybe the other works better? There are great opportunities when you are single.
– I think I can also say that we have a historical moment in the Ongkarin world. I’m sure this has never happened before.
“I have to get this job!”
That the artist was leading the program came as a big surprise to many. And also on Kim himself. According to him, he was in very strong competition with many prominent broadcasters.
– Oslo is a small city, so I knew others in the industry who were also on trial for filming a “secret project”. At first I just thought “Oh, that was the job.”
In the test, it was filmed in several different places. Obviously he had to play the rose party – and he was exposed to a conflict-filled situation that he had to try to resolve.
However, Kim never gave up hope of getting the job. Since his youth, he had followed the program in its American and Australian versions, dreaming of becoming a presenter himself.
-I called and emailed and expressed that I felt this job was a great fit for me. I said that I dreamed that I was standing in Greece where the recording would take place and I said: “Welcome to Ongkarin! »
Great variation of “Dementia Chorus”
What made him get it?
– I think they wanted warmth in this role. I think the fact that I’m weird was also lucky.
-I can communicate well with girls, without becoming a competitor to boys. They became friends – while the girls became friends. There was a nice dynamic in the group.
– I think anyway. I think it was an advantage that I got used to seeing people and listening to them. Adaptation and facilitation.
– Then there is a great contrast with the “dementia chorus.” But in “Dementia Chorus,” I feel like none of us know when we lived our last hour on this earth.
He pauses before continuing.
– As long as I’m doing something I’m comfortable with and passionate about, I’ll do it. And I felt that the job of presenting Ungkaren was a really good fit. It was also nice for me to work on something not serious.
The Bachelor was one of Kim’s favorite shows growing up. There’s a lot of emotion and drama – but it’s not about life at the end of the day.
She can do that in “Dementia Choir” – the hit NRK series where Kim is the leader of singers with dementia.
This job was also one he would like to have. After the powerful experience of losing his father and several family members to dementia, dementia care became something he was passionate about.
He described the response to the program as being hit by a wave of love. At the same time, it is also a demanding job.
– It’s hard to just be “Team Dementia Kim” all the time, and be a spokesperson for such a serious issue. It’s more demanding than it may seem, even though I’ve been a relative many times.
– I felt it was good for me to take some focus off the dementia issue every now and then. I was so tired after “Dementia Chorus”.
He has received thousands of letters from relatives living in unimaginably difficult situations, asking for help.
– I try to answer as many questions as possible, because the topic is very important to me, but I cannot answer them all. It gives me a bad conscience.
After wrapping up filming “The Bachelor” in Greece this spring, and after a good summer vacation, he’s now more than ready to start taping Season 2 of “The Demented Chorus,” which will likely hit TV sometime in the new year.
-Recording again is an indescribably beautiful thing! Damn, there are so many magical moments that music gives us.
In November, he will publish a book with Gyldendale Press on this very topic: “The Magic of Music – About the Dementia Choir, the Joy of Life, and the Power of Song.”
About how music and song can give us new life, if you use them in the right way.
-We must become better at living in the here and now, and creating presence through music. No one guarantees what will happen tomorrow, and what happened yesterday is history. Kim believes the Dementia Choir is a prime example of this.
The most important thing in a relationship
Although “The Bachelor” is a completely different concept, Kim has the same intense commitment to this job as well.
After being a fly on the wall on a number of dates, one thing has become crystal clear.
Honesty is the most important thing in a relationship. Dare to be honest about what you need and what you believe. Because I see that once honesty fails, and you don’t say what you really think or need, it creates distance.
– Yes, there has to be physical attraction, and I think everyone agrees on that – but to progress from dating to a relationship that lasts, you have to be honest. Then you will have a good and honest relationship.
He breaks into a smile.
-And I do. It is the first time in my life that I have had such a relationship.
Flashbacks to having dates
It was just before Christmas last year, and Kim got down on one knee and proposed out of all the cardboard boxes in the new apartment he and his boyfriend Marius Hagen had bought together.
They celebrated with beer and pizza, and everything was absolutely perfect.
Their love life until then had been long and winding.
-But now I couldn’t be in a better, healthier, more wonderful relationship. Marius is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I have so much love and respect for that man, and I am forever grateful that he said “yes” to accepting my final rose!
Through all the dates he’s had as a host of “The Bachelor,” he’s had constant flashbacks to his own dates. Now he uses these experiences in his conversations with program participants.
Kim is stepping up.
– Why does it work? Or why it doesn’t work? Have you been honest? Did you say what you feel? Did you say “I need to talk to you?”
-You must dare to sit down. You have to dare to tackle things. You must dare to give yourself, show who you are and be honest. This requires a lot. But you have to dare to put your heart on the cutting board.
He continues enthusiastically.
-That’s what it’s like when dating. You have to dare to give, and you have to dare to let it go to hell. He does this many times in life. It has happened to many, including me.
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