Last year, the franchise faced fizzling numbers with Jimmy Nicholson's season marking the show's lowest ever premiere, with 482,000 metro viewers tuning in. And while Brooke Blurton's Bachelorette saw a similar response, the season was groundbreaking in many ways — she was the first Indigenous and queer Bachelorette, not only in Australia, but the world.
Quelling whispers about the show's cancellation, this season is already sizzling with revelations about the upcoming cast and curveballs coming their way.
Who Is The Bachelor Australia 2022?
The big question on everybody's lips has of course been, who is our new Bachelor?
Like we saw in 2020 with Bachelorettes Elly and Becky Miles, Channel 10 has confirmed there will be multiple Bachelors, and we're talking not two, but THREE eligible men looking for love. Host Osher Gunsberg revealed this is a world-first for the global dating series.
Felix Von Hofe, Jed McIntosh and Thomas Malucelli are the 2022 Bachelors, and were officially unveiled to audiences on The Project on Monday, May 23.
Melbourne-based basketball player-turned Victorian marketing manager Felix Von Hofe was previously snapped on what appeared to be a date with a blonde woman reportedly named Ella, a rose in his hand.
During the interview on The Project, the 27-year-old, whose Instagram profile is restricted to private mode, joked about feeling like the older bachelor and out of touch with modern dating.
"I wanted to jump in here because I felt I may have been born 10 years too late," he said. "I am not using the dating apps, I like to talk to people face-to-face."
Opening up about what he's looking for in his next relationship, he said, "For me, the most attractive quality a girl can have is a good sense of humour.
"My dream date would be anything where it ends up hurting to laugh, because if we’re both laughing the whole time then it can’t get much better."
Jed McIntosh is a drummer for Melbourne-based alt-pop band Mood Monroe, and said he'll use his musical abilities to his advantage if he has to.
"When you are standing next to two of the biggest, best looking blokes in Australia, I have to get something out of my pocket," the 25-year-old joked.
As for restaurant manager Thomas Malucelli, he's the Italian stallion of the bunch who was born in a small town outside Florence in Italy.
"The idea of finding the love of my life in a context that is so out of my comfort zone really excites me," he said.
The 35-year-old's LinkedIn profile states that he "found a company that speciali[s]ed in natural nutritional products and detoxification" which led him to his present-day career of "work[ing] with fitness and personal trainers, health professionals and everyday individuals — empowering them to change the quality of their health and lifestyles".
His Instagram profile @thomasmalucelli is also on private; with a bio that reads, "I turned my health journey into a career online. I can teach you how to do the same".
Watch the full interview below:
Where Is It Being Filmed?
2022's season of The Bachelor Australia is being filmed on the Gold Coast in Queensland. A five-bedroom and three-bedroom Helensvale property have reportedly been chosen as The Bachelor's new base. The mansion features a resort-style swimming pool, open fireplace, cinema room and wet bar.
What Else Is New?
There are rumours that Australia may be getting 'fantasy suites'. As seen on international iterations of the Bachelor, fantasy suite episodes are when cameras disappear and the last three contestants all have the opportunity to stay overnight with the Bachelor or Bachelorette in a lavish suite.
What Is The Air Date?
Watch this space for more info!