Season seven of The Bachelor Australia will premiere on Wednesday, July 31 at 7:30 pm on Network 10.
The most recent series of The Bachelor featuring Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins had an average national audience of 1.25 million, including 945,000 capital city viewers. Across the season, The Bachelor Australia ranked #1 in its timeslot in 25 to 54s, under 55s and total people.
Season seven’s Bachelor is Astrophysicist Matt Agnew who has travelled the world following his passion for space, working on his PhD and trying to locate Earth 2.0.
While his search for other planets has taken him as far as Berlin, Sweden and Buenos Aires, Agnew’s search for true love has now brought him home to Melbourne.
Raised in Adelaide and Perth, he’s a fan of AFL and also enjoys getting outside for a hike and hitting the gym. This gregarious 31-year-old is also a secret weapon in the kitchen and even dabbles in a bit of yoga.
After suiting up to be groomsman several times, Agnew said: “Seeing my mates finding their partners, tying the knot and buzzing with laughter and love together, I realise I want that!”
On becoming the Bachelor, Agnew said: “I’ve got a real ‘do it once, do it right’ mentality so I’ll be making sure I throw myself into it, be vulnerable and enjoy what comes from that.
“It may be an unorthodox way to meet someone, but I think it’ll be a sensational experience and make for a cracking ‘how we met’ story!”
Ranging in age from 23 to 34 and hailing from all over the country and abroad, this year’s Bachelorettes are a diverse group of women with one thing in common: a passion to find “the one”.
Meet the Bachelorettes who are vying for Matt’s heart:
New South Wales has delivered nine ladies in nurse Elly, fashion brand manager Emma, sports teacher Tash, personal trainer Rachael, civil engineer Sogand, model Vakoo, children’s entertainer Julia, fashion designer Monique and student Nikki.
Asked why she wanted to be a part of The Bachelor Australia, Elly said: “I wanted to take a bit of a chance. You never know where life is going to take you, so if you don’t take chances then you’re going to stay put and you won’t find out”.
Eight beauties hail from Victoria: chemical engineer Chelsie, copywriter Sophie, digital account manager Hannah, cook Mary, makeup artist Jessica, chartered accountant Danush, public servant Sam and nurse Tara.
On her plan to win over The Bachelor’s heart, Chelsie said: “I just want to go in and be myself. If that is not good enough, then I don’t think it’s meant to be”.
Property analyst Abbie, café manager Nichole, Pilates instructor Isabelle, cosmetic nurse Georgie, textiles designer Keely and China researcher Kristen bring the six enviable tans from sunny Queensland, and health coach Helena, executive PA Jessie and clerical officer Brianna represent Western Australia.
Hailing from the Top End is healthcare coordinator Renee and waving the flag for Adelaide is jewellery designer Cassandra.
Matt will be introduced to 20 beautiful Bachelorettes, before 10 shakes things up on Thursday night with eight unexpected arrivals.
Network 10’s executive producer on The Bachelor, Hilary Innes, told Mediaweek that last year’s drama surrounding the climax revealed the show is very real.
“It reinforces for me that you will always find an honest love story on The Bachelor. We do want people to fall in love, but we are not going to force them to make it happen.
“The Honey Badger was very honest about who he would take to the finale and then very honest about not being able to make a decision. While I thought that was great, I wouldn’t be overly keen for it to happen in a second consecutive year!”
Innes has worked on four series of The Bachelor and three of The Bachelorette.
In answer to a question about if it gets any easier the more seasons you make, Innes explained: “It’s different each time and there are always fresh challenges. We always have to be on our toes and looking for ways to evolve the show. You are always looking to improve on what we have done. You don’t want to continue to deliver the same things to the audience, but you want to keep intact the elements they love about the format. We try to strike a balance on both those counts.”
Season seven of The Bachelor will premiere on Wednesday, July 31 at 7:30 pm on Network 10.