TORONTO - The stars of Canada's first-ever reality dating show "The Bachelor Canada" are adamant: They will get married.
Brad Smith and Bianka Kamber say they are eager to tie the knot as soon as possible now that the campy TV series that brought them together has wrapped with a tearful finale.
The duo cuddled on a couch for a day of media interviews Thursday, pausing between declarations of affection to offer quick pecks on the lips.
"It's hard for a lot of people to believe that you can have an organic relationship on a reality television show but for us it was seamless," says the 29-year-old Smith, his arm draped around the 28-year-old Kamber.
"We knew by Day 4 that this was the best decision that we've ever made."
A wedding date has not been set but Smith, a former wide receiver with the Canadian Football League, says he's hoping it will be "ASAP."
They say they've already begun hunting for a house in Toronto where they can start the rest of their lives.
In the meantime, Smith says he has moved in with Kamber and her family in Mississauga, Ont.
The first-ever edition of "The Bachelor Canada" wrapped Wednesday with the beefy former football player presenting a diamond-studded engagement ring to the curvaceous brunette nurse.
In doing so, he bid farewell to 24-year-old administrative assistant Whitney Lee, who floundered after meeting Smith's family in the finale despite appearing to be the front-runner for most of the series.
"B, this is by far the easiest decision I've ever had to make," Smith said as he got down on one knee with the picturesque Barbados coastline behind him.
"Bianka Kamber will you marry me?"
"Yes," she said immediately, later letting out an exuberant "Whoo!"
Kamber claimed Smith over more than two dozen other contenders including a shapely Playboy bunny from Vancouver and a bubbly blond pastor from Sylvan Lake, Alta.
Kamber distinguished herself early on by openly discussing the heartbreak of a past relationship with another athlete — widely reported to be NBA forward Kris Humphries. She gushed in the finale that she had fallen head over heels for Smith.
"I've never ever felt so sure about something in my entire life," Kamber said on the show.
"I followed my heart and followed my gut and wouldn't have done it any other way."
Production wrapped five months ago and although the duo have had to keep their relationship under wraps, Smith says they've been on four vacations together.
Their get-togethers included a two-week trip immediately following the finale that was paid for by the show. Smith says he was impressed the producers appeared genuinely interested in doing what they could to support them as a couple.
"We were worried that once the production aspect stopped the humanity would kind of decrease a little bit and they'd be like, 'OK, well you're not on the show anymore,' but they did an amazing job facilitating our relationship outside of that," Smith says of the series.
As for the future of the franchise, both say they'd nominate 23-year-old Laura B. of Ottawa for a possible first edition of "The Bachelorette Canada."
"She embodies the exact Canadian virtues and the genuineness that I think you need for this kind of show and she's just a normal girl," says Smith.
Kamber says it hasn't been too difficult watching their romantic ups and downs being broadcast to the country, largely because things have worked out in her favour.
"I'm here with him now," she says.
"Had I been in a different situation and I didn't end up with Brad I think it would be a lot more difficult.... It's a journey and it led us to where we are today and I'm thankful for it."
The series isn't done quite done yet. An "After the Final Rose" special airs next week on Citytv.
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