'Boer Soek 'n Vrou': This is why everyone was applauding first gay contestant Damien at the reunion show
Cape Town – The 12th season of the Afrikaans farmer dating reality show Boer Soek 'n Vrou ended on Thursday night on kykNET (DStv 144).
Three couples from the long-running series managed to stay together and pitched up for the reunion show. The couples in attendance were: Hentie and Hantie, Graham and Ilne, as well as Willem and Sanel, while Brandon arrived with Llani who he met while visiting the United Kingdom.
Out farmer Damian arrived "man alone" but in the end received applause from all of the other farmers. Along with the cattle and sheep farmer from Bapsfontein - who made history earlier this year when he became the first-ever gay farmer to take part in the show - other stars of this season Theunis, Albert, Rohan and Gerrit all arrived alone too.
Albert said that he is seeing a woman who couldn't make it for the recording of the reunion episode, while Rohan said there is someone in his life although he doesn't want to expose her on television since they're taking things slowly. Gerrit said that he has met someone.
Farmer Franco arrived with Nicole who he and presenter Leah initially phoned, although they're not officially a couple – yet.
Damian, as the show's first gay farmer, was asked what his biggest lesson was from taking part in Boer Soek 'n Vrou.
"What's being said out there and the ideas that people have of you - to just start to cut that out because people's opinions are not your reality," he answered.
"I think and hope that a lot of people will look with new eyes at people who don't fit in into their framework but that they'll also see that we're not doing harm to anyone. Why do you want to crucify people who don't fit into the same frame that you're moving in?"
Presenter Leah asked the farmers who surprised everyone the most throughout the season.
Albert said, "We've had this discussion already, and I think everyone can agree with it: I think that what Damian did, and the guts he had to do what he did on national television, I take my hat off to him."
"It's well done," said Albert as all of the farmers spontaneously started to applaud.