Brisbane's DeLorean-driving geek Michael makes his TV debut
A BET with his mates turned into a Fijian adventure for Brisbane "geek" Michael.
The thermal energy assessor from Coorparoo lost a $50 bet that he wouldn't make it on Seven's Beauty and the Geek.
"It was a dare by a friend," he told APN.
"They told me about the audition details and said 'I'll be you'll get on' and I said 'bet you $50 bucks I won't'."
But the 26-year-old said his time on the show was "definitely worth" the $50 loss.
The fifth series, featuring new host James Tobin, was filmed in Fiji rather than the Sydney mansion used in previous years.
"I was petty shocked and surprised (I was going to Fiji) because I'd been preparing for it to be in the mansion," Michael said.
"I watched past seasons and tried to work out the basic floor plan of the house so I knew where everything was and wasn't so nervous when I got there, so when they told us it was in Fiji I kind of freaked out a little bit."
With the show debuting last night, Michael is happen he can finally talk about his tropical island experience with his friends and family.
"I told everyone I was away on a government contract with work, and people bought it," he said.
The show sees socially awkward male "geeks" paired up with young "beauties" to compete in a series of challenges, with the aim of the geeks gaining confidence and the beauties gaining knowledge.
Michael was paired up with Gold Coast beauty Temaura, 22.
"I really needed some help with some of my social skills," he said.
"I have very poor fashion sense, so I was hoping to get some help with that as well.
"I'm having trouble telling myself if it worked or not, but going off feedback from other people I think it (going on the show) has helped."
Many firm friendships are formed, and romance might even be on the cards for a few lucky geeks.
"I don't want to give too much away, but it's likely something will happen," Michael said.
"The location and the sunsets were absolutely fantastic."
One feature that sets Michael apart from the other geeks is his long hair, which he brushes with two separate hair brushes.
If he makes it to the makeover episode of the series then he says he's willing to chop it off.
"The first time the producers spoke to me at the auditions they said 'how do you feel about having your hair potentially cut off?' Right from that moment they were letting me know it might happen," he said.
"I had a while to prepare for that just in case it happened.
"It's one of those things; I've had long hair for 10 years, so a change every 10 years is OK."
Another thing that makes Michael unique is his mode of transport. He drives a DeLorean, the model of car made famous in the Back to the Future movies.
"It's my only car, so I drive it everywhere. I get some pretty weird looks," he said.
"I just drive it to the supermarket to pick up some groceries, because what's the point of having a car like that if you're not going to use it?"
Beauty and the Geek airs Thursdays at 8.30pm on Channel 7.