Eastern Reporter - - Lifestyle - Belinda Cipri­ano

HAV­ING never watched an episode of The Bach­e­lorette, Su­bi­aco en­tre­pre­neur Blake Col­man did some light re­search and thought he would be hang­ing with “a bunch of douches”.

What the peren­nial stir­rer walked away with was life­long friend­ships (ex­cept two) and an ex­pe­ri­ence he said he would do all over again in a heart­beat.

The cheeky 29-year-old who wooed So­phie Monk with a box filled with gifts and his buff bod in noth­ing but a fig leaf on a group date, had the time of his life.

“I never watched the show be­fore in my life and I saw a bunch of dudes and thought I was go­ing to walk into a bunch of douches so I went in there all guns blaz­ing,” he said.

“It’s funny be­cause all the boys got along so well and we were all back­ing each other.

“I came out a dif­fer­ent per­son and it was so good meet­ing So­phie; we will have a bright fu­ture.”

“Sort­ing out stuff” in Perth, Col­man, whose last re­la­tion­ship ended be­cause they were go­ing in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions, de­scribed his dat­ing his­tory as stan­dard other than one ex­pe­ri­ence where his date would not speak.

“I wouldn’t say it was bad but I did go on a date where the girl didn’t say did­dly squat all day,” he said. But I’ve had a cou­ple of cool ones and of course with So­phie.”

With the in­trud­ers up­ping the ante last week, Col­man said view­ers saw wine­maker and favourite to win Monk’s heart Jar­rod Woodgate mark­ing his ter­ri­tory.

“Ev­ery­one knows about one of the in­trud­ers but just watch­ing them get out of the he­li­copter and lis­ten­ing to us rip shreds off them,” he said.

“It was funny, we were like ‘Jar­rod go to the front’, we put him in charge. Hats off to him, as much as we give him heaps on the show and he’s a bit crazy, he had the first date and that’s hard.

“He has to watch po­ten­tially 15 guys go­ing on dates with her, he’s had it the hard­est.”

As for his cur­rent love life, Col­man is not giv­ing too much away.

Blake Cole­man wooed ac­tress So­phie Monk.

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