BRIDE and Prejudice were so convinced by his religious views on homosexual marriage that he initially estimated that Channel 7 would be a kind of conversion treatment.
Brisbane couple Ange and Dylan opened up Confidential how they came to apply for the show, helping Ange talk openly to her father, John, who is a devout Christian, for the first time in a relationship of the same sex.
"This (Ange) said John was a show for couples who are in love but whose families do not approve and this is an opportunity for us to talk to each other," said Dylan, 31.
"John had his first conversation with channel 7 for the show and immediately hit Ange and it was like" sweet love, I love you and if that's what you want then we will, but I'm a bit worried about you because I know you are satisfied with who you are and I think this show is to try to make you straight. "
Ange said, "That's how he was in his ways. He (conversion therapy) was almost what he thought was ".
"But she told me …" I wanted you to be cautious, I do not want to go to this show and join it if it is to be at the expense of your happiness. "
Despite her difficulties with John's beliefs, Ange, 23, who lost her mother to cancer when she was six, urged spectators not to mistaken her father for homosexuality.
"If my dad was gay … I would not have gone to the show, I would never put my dad through it," he said. "He is not a gay man, he is not a bad man – he is just a confused man, struggling and is in this toy war game between his daughter, whom he loves a lot, and his religion, which he shared with his wife too loved . "
"By the end of the show people will love him."
Dylan told John to tell her that he would go to hell by marrying his daughter did not hurt her because she was "just words from a page stuck in John's mind."
Despite the knowledge since she was 14 she was gay, Ange had never tried to discuss her sexuality with her father before the show.
"I knew how he felt about it and knew what answer to go," he said. "But I knew right away – I just made a crush on a girl, I was like" I'm gay. "It was not to figure out if I was gay, it was worrying about what my people cared about for the thinker.
"Everything around me was religious and I was worried about what my close friends think and if they would have been deterred.
"I did not want to bother Dad, I knew I was his only daughter and I knew he wanted to have a love like him and Mom.
I knew if I wanted to tell him I was marrying a girl who would crash that dream of him. "
Since the show began, the couple says they have been flooded with messages by fans.
"I like the fact that we are setting a model of love and the way we have to deal with … and everyone can see it," said Ange. Dylan added: "The demonstration brought us closer together."
Bride and Prejudice airs tonight at 7:30 pm in Channel 7.