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I Wanna Marry 'Harry''s Matt Hicks Calls Dating American Women an 'Eye Opener'

05/20/2014 at 05:15 PM EDT

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Matt Hicks was no stranger to the dating world, but going out with 12 American women tricked into believing he was Prince Harry proved a challenge – and not just for the reasons you would expect.

"That was my first foray into dating American women and it was quite an eye opener," Hicks tells PEOPLE of posing as the royal redhead on FOX's new reality dating show I Wanna Marry "Harry". "It was very different to my past experience dating English girls."

While Hicks calls American women "extremely loud and forward," he does not mean that in a bad way.



"It was quite a refreshing change," he says. "English girls can be very hard work and reserved and you really have to put a lot of grind into it. ... It was just a lot more exciting dating American girls."

I Wanna Marry "Harry" premieres Tuesday night on FOX after the performance finale of American Idol.

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Zora Andrich (now Sabrina), winner of Fox's 2003 Joe Millionaire is a foster mom and mother of two. Zora continues to work in television and divides her time between family, teaching yoga and animal advocacy. Find out what she thinks of the royal masquerade that is I Wanna Marry "Harry" as she watches 12 new women get duped on the Fox reality show each week.

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