Channel Nine are rebooting dating series Beauty and The Geek in 2021 after a seven-year hiatus from TV.
And it’s certainly had its share of drama and scandals since first gracing Australian screens in 2009.
From exposed actors and a hidden child, to reality TV revivals no one saw coming: here are some of the shocking moments and scandals to come out of Beauty And The Geek first six seasons.
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A failed engagement, a hidden child, exposed actors and a jailed star: All the scandals to come out of dating series Beauty and The Geek. Pictured: Nine’s promo for its 2021 reboot
The initial series, which ran on Channel Seven, was cancelled in 2014 after ratings flopped.
Beauty and the Geek Australia came under fire in 2011, when ‘Geek’ Bendeguz Daniel Devenyi-Botos admitted he joined the series to further his acting passions.
Despite appearing a historian on the dating contest, Bendeguz later confessed to dropping out of university to focus on acting.
He told The Sunday Telegraph at the time: ‘[The show’s producers] found me while I was in a play… I have no idea why [they] chose not to mention that I’m an actor.’
Busted: Beauty and the Geek Australia came under fire in 2011, when ‘Geek’ Bendeguz Daniel Devenyi-Botos (pictured) admitted he joined the series to further his acting career
‘I have no idea why [they] chose not to mention that I’m an actor’: Despite appearing a historian on the dating contest, Bendeguz later dropped out of university to focus on acting
Entertainment: Season two star Marlon Dance-Hooi was also later revealed as a former child star, who has gone on to work as a voice-over artist on children’s cartoons
Season two star Marlon Dance-Hooi was also later revealed as a former child star.
Since his appearance on the 2010 season, he has voiced a number of animated characters for children shows such as Oddbods and Argo’s World.
As the program is designed to pair beautiful women with socially inept men, fans were shocked to discover a contestant on the first season was already a father.
After the scandal was first speculated in online chat rooms in 2009, the television network later confirmed Corin Storkey shared a daughter with a former girlfriend.
The then-PhD student lived with his organic chemist girlfriend while he attended college in New Zealand. They dated for four years and had a daughter named Beth.
Corin told the Herald Sun at the time: ‘She was the main relationship of my life after we got together when I was 18… we split up just around the time she got pregnant and she has since married.’
Hidden child: Fans were shocked to discover season one star Corin Storkey (pictured in 2009) was already a father while on the series
In April, a former Channel Seven reality TV star sobbed as a judge sentenced her to up to four years’ jail for dealing heroin – after hearing how her life spiraled out of control following her brush with fame.
Beauty and the Geek runner-up Jordan Finlayson, 29, cried out as New South Wales District Court Judge Phillip Mahony hit her with the hefty jail sentence.
Ms Finlayson was a successful model and dancer, an NRL cheerleader and briefly, the face of the Australian canteen food, the Chiko roll. She dated ‘Geek’ Lachlan Cosgrove for close to a year after the program, but the relationship fizzled out.
Jail was the culmination of a stretch of drug-related crime for Finlayson, who appeared in front of a Sydney’s Downing Centre Court via audio-visual link from jail. She sat hunched in a crumpled green prison jumpsuit, hair in a messy bun, as details were revealed of her drugged-out downfall.
From TV star to full-time prison: Jordan Finlayson, 29, sobbed as she was sentenced to jail term of up to four years for dealing heroin in April
During season three, Troy Thompson and Mackenzie Smits got engaged during filming.
While their relationship did last for a few years, they later ended their engagement.
Mackenzie is now a mother, and Troy looks very different to what he did on the show as he is now a muscly, tattooed personal trainer.
Unlucky in love: During season three, Troy Thompson and Mackenzie Smits got engaged during filming, but split a few years later
Almost unrecognizable! Troy looks very different to what he did on the show as he is now a muscly, tattooed personal trainer
REALITY TV REVIVALS
Love Island Australia star Erin Barnett got her reality TV start on season five of Beauty And The Geek in 2013 at just 18 years of age.
Lisa McMahon, who finished runner-up with Corin in season one, returned to TV a decade later to compete on House Rules with husband Andy Carman.
Season four star Jessica Zinna later married Matt Gallagher from Farmer Wants A Wife in 2016.
Love Island Australia star Erin Barnett got her reality TV start on season five of Beauty And The Geek in 2013 (left) at just 18 years of age. Pictured right in 2018 on Love Island
Applications are now open for Australian nerds and ‘beauties’ looking for love on the next season of Beauty and The Geek.
The revived dating series is making a comeback in 2021 – and will appear on screens nationwide after being axed by Channel Seven in 2014.
It will be hosted by former Bachelorette turned Love Island presenter Sophie Monk , who has had her fair share of unlucky-in-love moments in the public eye.
Blonde bombshell Sophie Monk was pictured alongside a casting call for the revived show on production company Endemol Shine Australia’s Instagram on Tuesday (pictured)