Jennifer Nettles Tapped To Host Dating Show, ‘Farmer Wants a Wife’

Jennifer Nettles has landed an exciting new gig as the host of the upcoming dating series, Farmer Wants a Wife. …


Lauren Jo Black

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December 15, 2022

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Jennifer Nettles has landed an exciting new gig as the host of the upcoming dating series, Farmer Wants a Wife

Premiering on FOX on Wednesday, March 8, the show will feature the Sugarland frontwoman woman helping four farmers find love in the heartland of America. 

According to a release, the four featured farmers will bring their group of dates to their ranches where will they will give them an unfiltered look at what life is really like on the farm. The women will leave dating apps and their quest for love in the big city as they hope to win over the hard-working ranchers. 

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As they search for a wife amongst the pool of women, the farmers will showcase daily life on the farm through activities like feeding cattle and baling hay. 

The show poses the question: how much of your life are you willing to change for love?

FOX announced the show on Wednesday (Dec. 14). 

“Bringing the world’s most popular dating show to FOX requires a superstar host to match,” said Allison Wallach, President, Unscripted Programming, FOX Entertainment., “and we found the perfect pairing in Jennifer, a multi-talented entertainer who’s a little country, a little big city and huge on heart and humor, making her the perfect choice for wrangling romance in the heartland.”

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Dubbed “the most successful dating show in the world,” Farmer Wants a Wife has previously aired around the world in 32 countries and has resulted in 180 marriages and 410 children. 

Farmer Wants a Wife is produced by Eureka Productions.  Paul Franklin (Holey Moley, Name That Tune), Chris Culvenor (The Mole, The Real Dirty Dancing, Dating Around), Eden Gaha (MasterChef, The Real Love Boat) and David Tibballs (The Mole, Finding Magic Mike) serve as executive producers, with David Emery as executive producer in post. Lauren Taylor Harding serves as an executive producer and the showrunner of the series.

Jennifer Nettles; Photo via HBO
Jennifer Nettles; Photo via HBO

Jennifer Nettles is no stranger to TV as she’s previously appeared in several series, including The Righteous Gemstones, Puppy Dog Pals, The Launch, and Underground. She also currently serves as a judge on Go-Big Show.

The country star has also appeared in a few movies such as Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love and Harriet.

Nettles also made her debut on Broadway in 2015 in the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking musical, Chicago. She also starred as Donna in the Hollywood Bowl’s summer production of Mamma Mia!, as well as most recently starring as Jenna in the smash hit musical Waitress.

The “Stay” singer is currently developing a musical of her own about 17th Century Crusading Poisoner Giulia Tofana.

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Additionally, Nettles has quite a successful career in Country music as part of the award-winning duo, Sugarland. The duo is most well known for their Platinum, chart-topping hit “Stay,” which earned the pair two GRAMMY Awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group. Nettles earned another Grammy for her collaboration with Bon Jovi on “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.”

In addition to being a part of Sugarland, Nettle has released several solo projects, including Playing With Fire, To Celebrate Christmas and most recently an EP, I Can Do Hard Things, in 2019. 

Nettles other achievements in music include five ASCAP awards, three ACM Awards, a CMA Award, the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award and the Artist Impact Award from Lincoln Center.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.