— NBC's new dating reality show Age of Love premieres Monday, June 18. NBC's previously been quite mysterious about the show's premise, promising only that it would present "a new twist on the reality dating show format." Finally, more details have been revealed about the concept of the show, as well as the identity of "one of the world's most eligible bachelors."
The "twist" of the show is that the women are divided into two groups, the "Kittens," women in their twenties, and the "cougars," in their forties. The two groups of women will not know about each other at the beginning of the show. Both groups, plus the man whose heart they're hoping to win, will live in a Los Angeles high-rise leased by NBC for the series. As in The Bachelor, at least one woman will be sent home each week.
Age of Love's bachelor is Mark "Scud" Philippoussis, a 31-year-old professional tennis player from Melbourne, Australia, who currently lives in Las Vegas.
Philippoussis, who has previously been romantically linked with singer-songwriter Delta Goodrem and model Alexis Barbara, says he's "a simple guy who wants a simple girl," but does have a few requirements – any potential love of his must not smoke, would preferably be Catholic or at least agree to raise any children they might have in the church, and most of all, must be a "dog person." Philippoussis has a Rottweiler puppy named Kya.
"Age doesn't matter to me. All the women are beautiful," Philippoussis told Who Magazine. However, he'd previously only dated women who were four to ten years younger than him.
"When they first told me about the older women, I said I thought I would be uncomfortable kissing them. I just couldn't see that happening. But I was wrong."
Philippoussis says that his friend Gavin Rossdale (Gwen Stefani's husband) told him that his appearance on Age of Love could "change the dating habits of all mankind!"
Apparently it's changed Philippoussis' own outlook, at least.
"I'm 30 years old and I have so much to learn," says Philippoussis. "There's no such thing as a perfect woman, no such thing as a perfect man and no such thing as a perfect relationship. I am just looking for someone who makes me a better person. And now, I've discovered, that might be an older woman."
Mark Consuelos, Kelly Ripa's husband, will be the host of Age of Love.
-Mel, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Who Magazine, Reality TV World
Photo credit: NBC
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