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Girl smitten with the geek
Richard Bell, Beauty and the Geek. Picture: Supplied.

While it's often thought love at first sight only happens in fairytales, it looks like a romance is brewing on Seven's witty reality series, Beauty and the Geek.

In last week's season four premiere, it was all too obvious that 22-year-old beautician Greta Guy was smitten with engineering student Richard Bell, 24.

And it seems Bell's feelings for Guy are mutual.

"When I saw Greta I thought, 'wow, she is stunning, she's an absolutely gorgeous girl'," Bell told AAA.

"I think she was the last person I was able to get the nerve up to talk to in the house. She's a fantastic girl with the loveliest heart, and we just kept talking to each other and became friends and then just started hanging out."

Guy also couldn't hide her feelings for Bell, admitting she was instantly attracted to the bearded, spectacles-wearing geek: "When I saw him, I thought, he's hot, he doesn't look like a geek. So I really wanted to choose him but Kim (Muhovie's) got in before me. Apparently we could both step forward but I didn't know."

Though Bell has already set a few hearts a-flutter in the Beauty and the Geek residence, he insisted he was anything but confident when it came to women.

"I've never had a long-term relationship, I've never had a girlfriend - not the best run for a 24-year-old man," he laughed. "I've kissed one or two girls but that's really the extent of my relationship experience."

Guy - who is paired with medical student Yiran Tan - also insisted she's more than just a pretty face: "I never judge people by their looks. I'm a very open-minded person and I have a wide variety of friends. But (the show) has definitely made me more open to starting friendships with those sorts of people."

While Guy said she applied for the show for "a bit of fun", Bell saw it as a chance to build up his confidence. "I just thought it would be a fantastic experience to basically try something out of my comfort zone and almost to look at the show as if it was a personal development experience," he said.

Beauty and the Geek airs at 8.30pm today on Seven/GWN7.

The West Australian

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