By James Hibberd
April 15, 2011 at 06:36 PM EDT

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The host of NBC’s upcoming jungle romance reality show Love in the Wild says his show is more realistic than ABC’s The Bachelor. Talking to reporters at NBC’s summer press junket in Pasadena, Calif., Aussie host Darren McMullen says ABC’s veteran hit “paints a very fluffy, romantic picture of relationships, but it’s not real.” “Life in a relationship isn’t all limos and champagne dinners,” he says. “[Our show] is putting people in stressful situations and seeing if they can work together as a team. We were surprised how many genuine couples we ended up having.”

Love in the Wild, which just announced its June 1 premiere date and combines elements of Survivor and The Bachelor, pairing up singles for challenges in the Costa Rican wilderness by day for a chance to win luxurious accommodations by night. “Anybody can go on vacation and live a fantasy life and fall in love,” concurred production company Endemol chairman David Goldberg. “Having gone through these [challenges], they’re going to know what their partner is like in situations.”

Point taken. Though I’d add that any show having contestants navigate bat-infested caves for a chance to win a resort massage and king-size bed probably shouldn’t call other dating shows unrealistic.

Goldberg added that the singles on Love in the Wild are more real than people on other shows too. “They’re not typical reality contestant who just want to rip off their clothes and get their 15 minutes of fame,” he said. “Anybody who is single and looking for a real relationship would want to come and do this.”

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