Chem­istry felt on The Bach­e­lorette

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He’s a self-con­fessed “coun­try boy at heart” but Dan Hob­ley has found his face broad­cast on TV screens across the na­tion as a con­tes­tant on The Bach­e­lorette.

Spend­ing months in a lav­ish man­sion — re­quired for film­ing, of course — was a far cry from grow­ing up with four broth­ers on a sheep and grain farm at Nyabing.

Mr Hob­ley won hearts around Aus­tralia when he pre­sented Bach­e­lorette Ali Oet­jen with a lamb dur­ing his red car­pet en­trance, which pre­miered last month.

Mr Hob­ley said he ap­plied for the show to try his luck with Bach­e­lorette Ali Oet­jen and “build some con­fi­dence” af­ter fight­ing a bat­tle with Crohn’s dis­ease.

“I have been a very sin­gle man for a while now, and was in the po­si­tion where I hadn’t had a re­la­tion­ship for al­most three years,” he said.

“A bit of lone­li­ness was start­ing to creep in. . . like a lot of blokes I maybe don’t like to ad­mit it.

“I thought I re­ally needed to throw my­self into a to­tally dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment, get some con­fi­dence and give love a go.”

Mr Hob­ley’s fam­ily, a well­known farm­ing fam­ily in the small town, runs 5500ha of owned and leased prop­erty with 3600ha of crop­ping and 7500 head of stud and com­mer­cial Merino sheep.

While the 33-year-old teacher lives in Perth, he said he tried to get back to the farm as much as pos­si­ble and pre­vi­ously played for the now-de­funct Kent Dis­tricts Foot­ball Club, which folded in 2012.

He said he did his best to fly the flag for coun­try WA while on the show.

“Nat­u­rally, peo­ple are fairly keen to know where you are from and I am a fairly unique per­son to be on a sit­u­a­tion like that,” Mr Hob­ley said.

“A lot of the boys are from the north­ern beaches of Syd­ney, it’s an east coast-dom­i­nant show.

“I was a typ­i­cal West Aus­tralian, I re­fused to be in­tim­i­dated and I think WA blokes have an abil­ity to be widely liked and that’s be­cause we are ap­proach­able.”

Mr Hob­ley would not be drawn on just how far he makes it on the show, and whether Ms Oet­jen had made a home visit to his fam­ily’s prop­erty.

“There is def­i­nitely some chem­istry there,” he said.

“You will just have to wait and see.”

I thought I re­ally needed to throw my­self into some­thing dif­fer­ent. Daniel Hob­ley

Pic­ture: Shani Barr

Nyabing’s Daniel Hob­ley is look­ing for love.

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