Blake Horstmann: Giannina Gibelli's All Star Shore romance was a joy to watch

Blake Horstmann: Giannina Gibelli's All Star Shore romance was a joy to watch ...

It''s a Shore issue.

While directing Paramount+s All Star Shore, Blake Horstmann told Page Six that finding romance with Giannina Gibelli was a nice surprise.

One of the coolest things was that I have seen some other shows where things arent necessarily required but youre put in situations where they want a certain outcome, said the Bachelor Nation star during a virtual junket for the next reality show.

For this, it was like, Stop, get away from each other. This is a competition show. So that was pretty fun and it felt a lot more real and believable, so I really enjoyed it.

Horstmann, who once competed for Becca Kufrins'' heart on Season 14 and later emerged as a Casanova on Bachelor in Paradise Season 6, admitted that he was waiting for the other shoe to fall during production.

But it never did, therefore, it was a lovely surprise, kissing Gibelli. And she was a nice surprise, and what we built throughout the show was a great surprise.

The Love Is Blind alum who walked in and out of Horstmanns Zoom frame during presser, though they sat down for this interview in different rooms, appears equally smitten these days.

In the Canary Islands of Spain, Gibelli told Page Six that she couldnt stand off Horstmanns charms.

I definitely wasn''t expecting to meet someone who I genuinely connected with and that I really wanted to see every day. So soon I have this gorgeous man on my face, she said.

Gibelli suggested that intimate interactions during risky games only boosted her affinity for the Colorado-based DJ.

I think at the end, youll feel what we believed, which was just a genuine and true thing that youll have to tune in and watch, she teased.

For Horstmann, he found it easier to establish a connection with the social media specialist without the pressures of a looming engagement.

The Bachelor and Bachelorette, who are engaged in two or three months or whatever it is, is an additional strain. It really is, he said. The audience wants to see it, but it''s important to remember that at the moment, but often times, you''re not ready. So this is why we had to keep ourselves put.

Horstmann said, "There was no need to be a girlfriend," and that it was very refreshing and that it was just so, so different.

In January, Page Six confirmed that reality TV personalities were dating. By April, Horstmann and Gibelli went Instagram-official.

via her Story, Gibelli posted a picture of herself posing with Horstmann during a European trip. In the sweet snap, he was seen wrapping his arms around her, while she threw his face in the other hand.

Along with American and international personalities from seven different unscripted series, the lovebirds star on the All Star Shore.

Angelina Pivarnick, a Jersey Shore OG fan favorite, and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, respectively, are among the notable names who have participated.

Bethan Kershaw, James Tindale, and Chloe Ferry of Geordie Shore, Joey Essex of The Only Way Is Essex, Karime Pindter, and Luis Potro Caballero of Acapulco Shore, Marina Gregory of The Circle, and Ricardo Salusse of Rio Shore.

The first-of-its-kind party competition for All Star Shore features wild challenges with names such as Party Pong and Shots and Found.

The group will spend a weekend together, battling out for a cash prize and international bragging rights, and perhaps even fall in love like Horstmann and Gibelli.

On Paramount+, All Star Shore premieres on Wednesday, June 29, 2009.

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