Romilde van Dongen (40) is a reporter at RTL Boulevard and likes to write about love, dating and singles. As a single expert, she enjoys dating on television and does not hide her opinion. In the coming weeks she will take a closer look at ‘B&B Vol Liefde’.
“During the introductory film you could have seen that with Desiree you don’t get a gray mouse in your B&B”
B&B Full of Love without Art Rooijakkers is a bit like strawberries without whipped cream. You’re missing something. Fortunately, after a few episodes I have already seen enough tastemakers pass by, who more than make up for that lack. Hungry Richard, stiff Astrid, or how about craving Hans? And as far as I’m concerned, already the star of the season: bird-of-paradise Desiree. You hate her, or you love her. Well, I love that woman already. Every Italian must have known that Desiree from the Netherlands is visiting. Even Hans – who is also quite busy and present himself – can’t compete with her. He starts pissing her off (bad enough). Hans anyway! In the introductory film you could already see that you won’t get a gray mouse in your B&B with Desiree. So I don’t think that’s fair. I can see it happening between the two. As Hans’s other lodger Hayriye puts it so beautifully: “They look alike, they ventilate and no question is asked.” Well, that’s what I mean! Hans and Desiree are made for each other.
Market visit causes great frustration in B&B Vol Liefde: ‘Disrespectless’
That poor Hayriye. I give her one more day before she runs screaming out of this soap, which she claims to have ended up in herself. Admittedly, it is impossible how Desiree thunders over that Italian market and almost demands her Dutch shopping list with ‘white asparagus’, ‘grated cheese’ and ‘upright peppers’. I think those people are still shivering behind their market stall. And Hayriye has only just recovered from Hans’s panting behaviour. He looks like he’s about to burst after seven long years alone. The flirtatious remarks are not out of the air and during a walk he forces Hayriye into a kiss, which she reluctantly gives. Fortunately, she speaks to Hans about it and he agrees: “The brake needs to be applied.” See how long Hans lasts. Up to now never a dull moment in Italy.
Hayriye from B&B Vol Liefde previously participated in another dating show
Speaking of boring, Natasja’s B&B in France is hard to find. Natasha is disappointed with the offer of men; all not her type. Fortunately Dirk can get through it and in his sturdy convertible he arrives torn up. Campfire, glass of wine, what more could you want? Would you think… But hey. ah. There you have them again: those awkward silences. The familiar pain in my stomach is playing again. Fortunately Dirk does talk. About himself especially. His Japanese life motto. About that he wants to retire every day. Dirk has no secrets. Natasha doesn’t know what to say either. Because Dirk asks NOTHING. What is it with men? Ask that woman a question! And sure enough, there it is again: that painful silence. Out of misery, Natasha skewers some sausages on a stick. It takes ages for them to cook. Smart, Nathan! I would open another bottle of wine, who knows, maybe it will turn into something.
A click, tears and discomfort in the first episode of B&B Full of Love
Fortunately, Richard is making good again in Portugal. I lack eyes and ears. His B&B is far from finished and he even has to install the bathroom door when his guests arrive. Richard has ADHD (gosh, we hadn’t noticed that yet) and he thunders through his B&B. This man is probably a case of: big mouth, small heart, but I can’t discover that heart so quickly. Logee Simone would like to roll up her sleeves and asks what she can do. “What can you?” Richard wants to know. “What is there to do?” asks Simone. Oi, oi, Richard totally barks at her, he doesn’t want her chasing his ass all the time. What a jerk that guy! Poor Simone… Still, the sky seems clear the next day, because they circle around each other and… Wait, is there kissing there? Yes? Oh no, god damn it! I witness the nastiest French kiss I’ve ever seen. Couldn’t they just warn me? So I can never get this off my retina. ew.
Richard loosens tongues with passionate kiss in B&B Full Love
The excesses at Hans and Richard’s B&Bs are so intense that the best candidates of this season are a bit snowed under. In Spain the beautiful Denise runs her B&B and gym and I almost drown in the blue eyes of hunk Martijn in Portugal. And that’s exactly where I see love captivated first! Denise has two sporty binkies visiting, who immediately compete for the heart of the beauty. And Martijn receives a visit from the most beautiful ladies from all over the world. Simone comes all the way from Hawaii to be picked up by Martijn’s father. Bummer. That’s a real bummer. Well, you say Martijn, then you get his parents involved. Quite honestly, it doesn’t look like much: with your date and his parents at the table. Fortunately, Simone is immediately approved by mom, who immediately sees it all right, because: “It was also time for a daughter-in-law.” Simone also feels something for Martijn, she reveals, but he is still keeping a low profile. And that’s a good thing, because the super-handsome and spontaneous Britt is already at the door. Good luck Martin!
Alex from B&B Vol Liefde was first in another dating program
And then Astrid. Where do I begin? She has built her B&B in Austria on her own. It’s hard work and that’s what Astrid is good at. But to make a starting love relationship work, that’s a different story. Together with girlfriend Steffi, Astrid selects Alex and Harmjan, among others. Alex arrives first and oh dear, there they are again, those awful silences. I feel for them. It’s also hard, dating. But Astrid’s wall is high. And quite thick. Still, Alex is completely satisfied with Astrid. But when he mentions that he can see himself living in Austria, all alarm bells go off with Astrid. This is going too fast for her. Her already famous limit has been reached when he also dares to knock on the door in the evening to drink a glass of wine. And so he is sent home unceremoniously. “Did I do something wrong?” Alex asks again. No, says Astrid. But she means yes. When Alex leaves with squeaky tires, Harmjan does a happy dance inside. not classy Harmjan, offuuh ‘Jamjam’, as friend Steffi calls him. God it’s already a season of B&B Full of Love to lick your fingers.
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