The Bachelor (Australian TV series)
|Created by||Mike Fleiss|
|Based on||The Bachelor|
|Presented by||Osher Günsberg|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of series||4|
|No. of episodes||65 (as of 15 September 2016)|
|Location(s)||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Running time||60-90 minutes (including commercials)|
|Original network||Network Ten|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV) (2016- )
|Original release||8 September 2013 – present|
|Related shows||The Bachelorette|
The Bachelor (also known as The Bachelor Australia) is an Australian adaptation of the U.S. series of the same name. The series, hosted by Osher Günsberg, first premiered on Network Ten on 8 September 2013.
The Bachelor was officially renewed for a second season on 19 November 2013, which premiered on 30 July 2014. On 14 November 2014 the series was renewed for a third season, which premiered on 29 July 2015.
On 17 September 2015, the series was renewed for a fourth season, which premiered on 27 July 2016. In addition, it was announced in November 2015 that unlike the previous three seasons which were produced by Shine Australia, season four would be produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production.
On 16 September 2016, the series was renewed for a fifth season, to air in 2017.
The series revolves around a single bachelor (deemed eligible) and a pool of romantic interests, which could include a potential wife for the bachelor. 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 one-on-one dates and on elimination two-on-one dates. The process culminates with hometown visits to the families of the final few 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 many cases, the bachelor proposes to his final selection.
The elimination process
A group date
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.
A one-on-one date
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.
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 a moment now to say your good-byes."
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 Final Rose
The two remaining women separately meet with the bachelor's family. At the end of the episode, the bachelor will presents the "final rose" to the woman of his choice and will often propose to her. That woman is said to be the "winner" of The Bachelor.
In Popular Culture
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.
|Season||Original run||Bachelor||Profile||Winner||Runner-up||Proposal||Still together|
|1||8 September – 20 November 2013||Tim Robards||Age: 30
Location: Sydney, NSW
Profession: Chiropractor and model
|Anna Heinrich||Rochelle Emmanuel-Smith||No||Yes|
|Robards chose to enter into a relationship with Heinrich and presented her with a diamond ring. Robards and Heinrich celebrated their three-year anniversary on September 15, 2016.  On 24 May 2017, the couple announced via their Instagram social networking accounts they had become engaged.|
|2||30 July – 2 October 2014||Blake Garvey||Age: 31
Location: Perth, WA
Profession: Real estate auctioneer
|Samantha "Sam" Frost||Lisa Hyde||Yes||No|
|Garvey proposed to Frost in South Africa, which she accepted. On 6 October 2014, it was reported that Garvey had ended the relationship and that he and Frost were no longer engaged, with Frost stating she was "completely blindsided" by his decision. During an interview with Carrie Bickmore on The Project, Garvey declined to answer whether or not he was involved with anyone else, however on 10 October 2014, it was reported that Garvey was in a relationship with second runner-up Louise Pillidge. Garvey confirmed to Woman's Day that he and Pillidge were dating and that he had broken up with Frost two weeks before the finale aired, while Frost eventually went on to star in the first season of The Bachelorette Australia. Garvey and Pillidge announced their breakup on 18 April 2016, after 18 months together.|
|3||29 July – 17 September 2015||Sam Wood||Age: 34
Location: Melbourne, VIC
Profession: Business owner and fitness guru
|Snezana Markoski||Lana Jeavons-Fellows||No||Yes|
|Wood chose to enter into a relationship with Markoski and presented her with a promise ring. On 14 December 2015, the couple announced via their Instagram social networking accounts they had become engaged. On May 14, 2017, they announced that they're expecting their first child.|
|4||27 July – 15 September 2016||Richie Strahan||Age: 31
Location: Perth, WA
Profession: Rope Access Technician
|Alexandra "Alex" Nation||Nikki Gogan||No||Yes|
|Strahan chose to enter into a relationship with Nation and presented her with a promise ring. Strahan confirmed that he would be moving to Melbourne to be with Nation and her son Elijah, and they are still together as of July 2017.|
|5||26 July 2017||Matty Johnson||Age: 29
Location: Sydney, NSW
Profession: Marketing Director
|To be announced.|
|Rank||Finale date||Finale ratings
|1||13||8 September 2013||0.669||#11||20 November 2013||1.016||#4||1.186||#1|||
|2||20||30 July 2014||0.692||#12||2 October 2014||1.026||#3||1.374||#1|||
|3||16||29 July 2015||0.846||#6||17 September 2015||1.228||#2||1.482||#1|||
|4||16||27 July 2016||0.882||#5||15 September 2016||1.103||#3||1.324||#1|||
|5||26 July 2017||2017|
On 14 November 2014, it was announced that Network Ten had commissioned the spin-off series The Bachelorette. 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.
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