Kiev ( Ukraine)
He is a descendant of Russias last czar and has lived in the jungle, starred in Bollywood movies and trained as a stuntman.
Now, Scottish photographer Francis Mathew is in a new adventure: finding a bride on a
reality TV show in Ukraine, AP reports.
Mathew, the great- greatnephew of Nicholas II, is the star of the second season of Ukraines version of the popular US show ” The Bachelor” – in which an unmarried man picks a fiancee through a series of dates and romantic getaways.
” Ialt39ve been very lucky in life, but very unlucky in love,” the 33- year- old, who comes across as a romantic behind bad- boy looks, told AP in an interview.
” I am actually ready for a proper relationship, I have been for a couple of years,” he said. ” I am pretty fussy when it comes to choosing a long- term girlfriend, its very difficult to find someone to be compatible with.” As many as 16,000 young women from across Ukraine and beyond auditioned to compete for the heart of ” a prince”, as Mathew is billed by the shows producers, even though he has no royal title.
Twenty- five contestants were selected for the show, also called ” The Bachelor” in Ukrainian, and some have gotten into shouting matches and even fights over who gets to spend more time with him, according to the STB Channel, which is set to air the show in March.
The 12 episodes, which are currently being filmed in Ukraine, Finland, Sri Lanka and elsewhere, entail romantic dinners, a helicopter ride and Mathew taking on a 350- kilogram ( 750- pound) bull as a matador.
Mathew speaks little Ukrainian or Russian, so both he and the contestants wear earpieces and rely on simultaneous translation.
He hopes the project will help him reconnect with his Slavic roots.
Matthew admits that the show, in which he eliminates women one by one based on their date performance until he proposes to one of the two finalists, may be provocative.
” Honestly, the concept is crazy, absolutely crazy,” Mathew said. ” You have to be of a certain mindset to enter a contest like that, I think it takes courage.” But he says he has met attractive and interesting women on the show and hopes to fall in love.
” Love works in very mysterious ways,” Mathew said.
” It does come from the most random places sometimes, the most unexpected places, so why not TV?” The odds of finding true love, however, appear to be against Mathew. His predecessor on the show, a Ukrainian- American ballroom dancer, split with his newfound fiancee shortly after it ended last summer.
Only one of the 15 seasons of ” The Bachelor” in the US resulted in marriage.
Mathew is the son of Princess Olga Andreevna Romanov, 61, whose father, Prince Andrei Alexandrovich, was the nephew of Nicholas II, Russias last czar. Nicholas II was assassinated by the Bolsheviks shortly after the 1917 Revolution together with his wife and children. Mathews grandfather was able to escape and settled in Britain.
Born in London and raised in Scotland, Mathew decided against going to university and chose to become a stuntman instead.
Mathew says he has been in love before, but his lifestyle prevented him from settling down.