The girls, who beat more than 600 other applicants, are part of German reality TV show RTL Explosiv – a prime time TV show which follows the lives of eight girls vying for the chance to land one of three dream jobs in Queensland.
Filming has already wrapped up on the Gold Coast and at Enzo’s On The Beach in Hervey Bay earlier this week, with Fraser Island the final pit stop for the remaining three contestants – one of whom will spend the next four weeks learning the ropes of their new job, as a Marine Sports Attendant at Kingfisher Bay Resort’s popular Jetty Hut.
RTL Producer Niels Büngen said Fraser Island had provided the perfect place to film the competition. “I mean, come on, who doesn’t want to work here,” he quipped.
The three Kingfisher Bay contestants – Sandra Kozlowski (26) from Windeck, Manja Schulz (27) from Zwickau and Jana Schlei (23) from Sinsheim in Southern Germany - arrived on the world’s largest sand island in spectacular style on Monday, with an airplane beach landing thanks to the team from Air Fraser.
During their first day the contestants, and their five-strong film crew, experienced four-wheel-driving in fairly tough conditions as they visited Eli Creek, the Maheno shipwreck, Pile Valley and Lake McKenzie under the watchful eye of Fraser Explorer Tours’ Guide, Craig Taylor and Kingfisher Bay Resort’s Media Manager, Jodi Clark.
They began their job interview at the resort on Tuesday and, in true, dramatic reality TV fashion, the losing contestants were promptly put on a plane back to Germany.
Resort General Manager Warwick Kahl said securing two out of the three segments was a coup for the Fraser Coast and he had high hopes that the RTL TV special would increase visitation into the region in the coming months.
“The RTL network is the equivalent of say our Channel Nine network in Australia,” he said. “And RTL Explosiv - which will air in prime time - is expected to attract an audience of two million people in Germany and German-speaking countries, which is quite phenomenal,” he said.
“Add to this that Europe is currently in the middle of a cold snap, with sub-zero temperatures and freezing rain crippling airports, so it really is the perfect time to showcase a destination piece on sunny Queensland to German audiences.”
Mr Kahl said he expected competition to be fierce amongst the three contestants and added he was looking for a bubbly, fun candidate who was customer-service focused and had a good grasp of the English language.
“It’ was a pretty level playing field at first, but we upped the ante as candidates tried their hand at guiding Segway Personal Transporter sessions; leading Bush Tucker walks and supervising Stand Up Paddeboarding and the resort’s marine activities.”
The winner announcement was filmed on Tuesday night with two cameras recording the contestants’ reactions. RTL Explosiv – featuring the two Fraser Coast segments - will air in Germany and German-speaking countries in three weeks’ time to an expected audience of more than two million.