However, it turns out one of this year’s contestants didn’t need the show’s help for his transformation into what the internet is calling the unexpected 'hot geek’.
Jackson Palmer and his ‘beauty’ Jessica Antoniou were the second couple to leave the social experiment, but he already looks much different from his time on reality TV.
“I had the hot geek?” she captioned the post, adding, “Just kidding already knew Jackson was a cutie”.
When Jackson posted the same black and white photo of himself without glasses on his Instagram, he explained that “it’s the same geek, just a blind one”.
The 19-year-old also regularly posts videos on his own TikTok profile, including one from last week where he calls himself beautiful.
Despite his apparent good looks, his Channel Nine profile seemingly determines his status as a geek because of his ‘quirky sense of humour that matches his fashion sense’.
He is also quoted in his bio as saying he has “looked awkward in every photo that has ever existed”.
A number of fans took to Jessica’s TikTok to ask about behind-the-scenes secrets of the reality show and question the legitimacy of Jackson as a ‘geek’.
“Oh got it, ‘Beauty and the Pretend Geek’,” one person commented.
“Who said geeks can’t be good looking too?” Jessica replied. “Jackson is just a lucky geek, that’s all.”
“Do they do a make under before screening?” another asked, to which Jessica answered, “Not that I’m aware of”.
The journalism student also shut down rumours that Jackson is an actor, saying that it’s “not at all” true.
Other followers expressed their admiration of Jackson’s ‘new look’, with many admitting that they now have a crush on him.
“My friends didn’t believe me when I said he was the hottest geek, now look,” a fan shared.
“He looks a bit like a young Johnny Depp,” a second user replied, with another adding, “He did not get enough screen time!”
“So you were the geek,” someone else jokingly wrote to Jessica.
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