The Bachelor (Australian TV series)

The Bachelor Australia is a reality television adaptation of the U.S. series of the same name. The series, hosted by Osher Günsberg, first premiered on Network 10 on 8 September 2013.[1][2] Its success resulted in spin-offs The Bachelorette Australia and Bachelor in Paradise Australia.

The Bachelor
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Also known asThe Bachelor Australia
GenreReality
Created byMike Fleiss
Based onThe Bachelor
Presented byOsher Günsberg
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes143
Production
Production locations
Running time60–90 minutes (including commercials)
Production companies
Release
Original networkNetwork 10
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV) (2016–present)
Audio formatStereo
Original release8 September 2013 (2013-09-08) –
present
Chronology
Related showsThe Bachelorette Australia
Bachelor in Paradise Australia

It was announced in November 2015 that unlike seasons 1–3 which were produced by Shine Australia, seasons 4–present would be produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production.[3]

On 2 April 2022 it was announced that unlike all previous seasons, season 10 would be filmed in Queensland on the Gold Coast.[4]

PlotEdit

The series focuses on a single bachelor and a pool of romantic interests. The conflicts in the series, both internal and external, stem from the elimination-style format of the show. Early in the season, the bachelor goes on large group dates with the women, with the majority of women eliminated during rose ceremonies. As the season progresses, women are also eliminated on single dates, elimination two-on-one dates and in cocktail parties. The process culminates with hometown visits to the families of the final four women, overnight dates, should they choose to accept, at exotic locations with the final three women, and interaction with the bachelor's family with the final two women. In some cases, the bachelor proposes to his final selection.

All seasons of the show have been heterosexual-centric (a male seeking a female partner), however, a bisexual edition of sister series, The Bachelorette has set a precedent that The Bachelor may include editions of the show that focus on different sexual orientations.[5]

Elimination processEdit

Single DateEdit

The bachelor and one woman go on a date. The bachelor is given a chance to get to know the woman on a more personal level, and the dates are usually very intimate. If the date goes well and the bachelor wishes to spend more time with the woman or get to know them further, he may present them with a rose at the date. This means that during the rose ceremony at the end of each episode, she will be safe and there will be no chance of her going home.

Group DateEdit

The bachelor and a group of women participate in an activity. Sometimes the activity takes the form of a competition, with the winner or winners spending more time with the bachelor. The bachelor typically presents a rose to the woman who makes the best impression during the group date.

Rose CeremonyEdit

The women who have not been eliminated stand in rows at one end of the room, and the bachelor faces them. The bachelor has a tray with roses. The bachelor takes a rose and calls a woman by name. The woman steps forward, and the bachelor asks, "Will you accept this rose?" The woman accepts, takes the rose, and makes her way to the other side of the room (where all the women who have been given a rose are required to stand.) When there is one rose remaining, host Osher Günsberg tells the bachelor, "When you're ready." After all roses are distributed, the host tells the women who did not receive a rose to "please take some time to say goodbye."

Hometown VisitsEdit

The bachelor visits the home towns and families of each of the four remaining women. At the rose ceremony, one woman is eliminated, leaving three. Another episode airs before the final rose ceremony, leaving two women.

The FinaleEdit

The two remaining women separately meet with the bachelor's family. At the end of the episode, the bachelor will reveal their true love to the woman of his choice and will often propose to her. That woman is said to be the winner of The Bachelor.

SeasonsEdit

Season Original run Bachelor Profile Winner Runner-up Proposal Still Together
1 8 September – 20 November 2013 Tim Robards[6] Age: 30
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Profession: Chiropractor and Model
Anna Heinrich Rochelle Emmanuel-Smith No Yes
Robards chose to enter into a relationship with Heinrich.[7] The couple announced their engagement on 24 May 2017.[8] On 7 June 2018, they were married in Manduria, Italy.[9] They welcomed their first child together, Elle, on 12 November 2020.[10][11]
2 30 July – 2 October 2014 Blake Garvey[12] Age: 31
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Profession: Real Estate Auctioneer
Samantha "Sam" Frost Lisa Hyde Yes No
Garvey proposed to Frost, which she accepted. On 3 October 2014, it was confirmed that Garvey had ended the relationship days before the finale aired, which had "blindsided" Frost.[13] During an interview on The Project, Garvey declined to answer if he was involved with anyone else, however on 10 October 2014, it was reported Garvey was in a relationship with second runner-up Louise Pillidge.[14] Garvey and Pillidge confirmed they were dating in a magazine interview on 20 October 2014.[15] They announced their break-up on 18 April 2016, after 18 months together.[16] Frost went on to star in the first season of The Bachelorette Australia.[17]
3 29 July – 17 September 2015 Sam Wood[18] Age: 34
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Profession: Business Owner and Fitness Guru
Snezana Markoski Lana Jeavons-Fellows No Yes
Wood chose to enter into a relationship with Markoski.[19] On 14 December 2015, the couple announced their engagement.[20] They married on 29 November 2018 in Byron Bay, New South Wales.[21] They have four daughters together; Eve (Markoski's from previous relationship), Willow (born 8 October 2017),[22] Charlie (born 23 July 2019)[23] and Harper (born 4 May 2022).[24]
4 27 July – 15 September 2016 Richie Strahan[25] Age: 31
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Profession: Rope Access Technician
Alexandra "Alex" Nation Nikki Gogan No No
Strahan chose to enter into a relationship with Nation.[26] On 7 August 2017, it was revealed that Strahan and Nation had ended their relationship.[27] In 2019, they both appeared on the second season of Bachelor in Paradise Australia.[28]
5 26 July – 14 September 2017 Matty Johnson[29] Age: 30
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Profession: Marketing Director
Laura Byrne Elise Stacy No Yes
Johnson chose to enter into a relationship with Byrne.[30] On 28 April 2019, the couple announced their engagement.[31] They have two daughters together; Marlie-Mae (born 20 June 2019)[32] and Lola (born 4 February 2021).[33] Byrne has also had two miscarriages in 2018 and 2020.[34] In December 2021, the couple and eldest daughter Marlie-Mae tested positive to Covid-19.[35]
6 15 August – 4 October 2018 Nick Cummins[36] Age: 30
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Profession: Former Professional Rugby Player
N/A Brittany Hockley
Sophie Tieman
No N/A
Cummins chose Tieman and Hockley as the two finalists, however rejected both in the finale.[37]
7 31 July – 19 September 2019 Matt Agnew[38] Age: 31
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Profession: Astrophysicist
Chelsie McLeod Abbie Chatfield No No
Agnew chose to enter into a relationship with McLeod.[39] On 17 November 2019, the couple announced they had split.[40]
8 12 August – 24 September 2020 Locky Gilbert[41] Age: 30
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Profession: Adventure Tour Guide
Irena Srbinovska Bella Varelis No Yes
Gilbert chose to enter into a relationship with Srbinovska and presented her with a promise ring.[42] In July 2021, Srbinovska revealed that weeks after the finale aired she had a miscarriage.[43] They are still together as of May 2022, and are currently living together in Perth.[44]
9 21 July – 2 September 2021 Jimmy Nicholson[45] Age: 31
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Profession: Pilot
Holly Kingston Brooke Cleal No Yes
Nicholson chose to enter into a relationship with Kingston.[46] They are still together as of May 2022, and are currently living together in Sydney.[47]
10 2022 Felix Von Hofe[48] Age: 27
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Profession: Professional NBL Player
Jed McIntosh[48] Age: 25
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Profession: Drummer & Songwriter
Thomas Malucelli[48] Age: 35
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Profession: Restaurant Manager

RatingsEdit

Season Episodes Premiere Finale Ref
Premiere date Premiere
ratings
Rank Finale date Finale ratings
(Grand final)
Rank Finale ratings
(Winner announced)
Rank
1 13 8 September 2013 (2013-09-08) 0.669 #11 20 November 2013 (2013-11-20) 1.016 #4 1.186 #1 [49][50]
2 20 30 July 2014 (2014-07-30) 0.692 #12 2 October 2014 (2014-10-02) 1.026 #3 1.374 #1 [51][52]
3 16 29 July 2015 (2015-07-29) 0.846 #6 17 September 2015 (2015-09-17) 1.228 #2 1.482 #1 [53][54]
4 16 27 July 2016 (2016-07-27) 0.882 #5 15 September 2016 (2016-09-15) 1.103 #3 1.324 #1 [55][56]
5 16 26 July 2017 (2017-07-26) 0.846 #5 14 September 2017 (2017-09-14) 0.980 #3 1.116 #1 [57][58]
6 16 15 August 2018 (2018-08-15) 0.940 #4 4 October 2018 (2018-10-04) 1.009 #2 1.241 #1 [59][60]
7 16 31 July 2019 (2019-07-31) 0.828 #5 19 September 2019 (2019-09-19) 0.936 #2 1.170 #1 [61][62]
8 14 12 August 2020 (2020-08-12) 0.681 #8 24 September 2020 (2020-09-24) 0.694 #7 0.879 #5 [63][64]
9 16 21 July 2021 (2021-07-21) 0.482 #18 2 September 2021 (2021-09-02) 0.578 #9 0.629 #7 [65][66]
10 2022 (2022) # 2022 (2022) # #

CriticismEdit

The show has been subjected to allegations of sexism, in relation to its hyper-sexualised and stereotypical portrayal of women. This feminist reading of the show has prompted an ironic following, which has also manifested online through humorous columns and episode reviews.[67]

Spin-offsEdit

On 14 November 2014, it was announced that Network Ten had commissioned the spin-off series The Bachelorette Australia.[68] It was revealed in October 2015 that Network Ten were exploring launching local adaptations of some of the Bachelor spin-off programs including After the Rose, Bachelor Pad, and Bachelor in Paradise.[69] In October 2017, Network Ten officially confirmed that a local adaptation of Bachelor in Paradise Australia will go into production and the first season premiered in 2018.[70]

BroadcastEdit

In New Zealand, The Bachelor airs on Bravo TV under the title The Bachelor Australia.[71]

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