The Bachelor (Australian TV series)
|The Bachelor Australia|
|Presented by||Osher Günsberg|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||97 (as of 4 October 2018)|
|Production location(s)||Oxford Falls, 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 Australia|
Bachelor in Paradise Australia
The Bachelor Australia is an Australian reality television 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 show is broadcast at 7:30pm twice a week (every Wednesday and Thursday) on Network Ten.
On 19 November 2013, The Bachelor Australia was officially renewed for a second season, which premiered on 30 July 2014. In November 2014, a third season was confirmed, 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, which premiered on 26 July 2017.
The season revolves around a single bachelor 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 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 many cases, the bachelor proposes to his final selection.
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 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.
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."
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 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 Australia.
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, New South Wales
Profession: Chiropractor and Model
|Anna Heinrich||Rochelle Emmanuel-Smith||Yes||Yes|
|Robards chose to enter into a relationship with Heinrich and presented her with a diamond ring in Phuket, Thailand. On 24 May 2017, the couple announced via their Instagram social networking accounts they had become engaged.. On 7 June 2018, they were married in a ceremony in Manduria, Italy.|
|2||30 July – 2 October 2014||Blake Garvey||Age: 31
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Profession: Real Estate Auctioneer
|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, Victoria
Profession: Business Owner and Fitness Guru
|Snezana Markoski||Lana Jeavons-Fellows||Yes||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. They welcomed their first child together, Willow, on 8 October 2017. Since 29 November 2018, they were officially married in Bryon Bay.|
|4||27 July – 15 September 2016||Richie Strahan||Age: 31
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Profession: Rope Access Technician
|Alex Nation||Nikki Gogan||No||No|
|Strahan chose to enter into a relationship with Nation and presented her with a promise ring in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. On 7 August 2017, it was revealed that Strahan and Nation had ended their relationship.|
|5||26 July – 14 September 2017||Matty Johnson||Age: 30
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Profession: Marketing Manager
|Laura Byrne||Elise Stacy||No||Yes|
|Johnson chose to enter into a relationship with Byrne and presented her with a promise ring in Ko Yao Yai, Phang Nga, Thailand. On the 15th of December 2018 the couple announced via their social media accounts that they were expecting their first child together after suffering a miscarriage earlier in 2018. They subsequently announced that the baby was due in June of 2019. |
|6||15 August 2018 – 4 October 2018||Nick Cummins||Age: 30
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Profession: Former Professional Rugby Player
|Cummins chose Tieman and Hockley as the two finalists. He rejected them both while in Noumea, New Caledonia in the finale.|
|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||16||26 July 2017||0.846||#5||14 September 2017||0.980||#3||1.116||#1|||
|6||16||15 August 2018||0.940||#4||4 October 2018||1.009||#2||1.241||#1|||
On 14 November 2014, it was announced that Network Ten had commissioned the spin-off series The Bachelorette Australia. 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. In October 2017, Network Ten officially confirmed that a local adaptation of Bachelor in Paradise Australia will go into production and is slated to air in 2018.
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