Sec­ond time lucky?

Sam Frost won’t set­tle for any­thing less than last­ing love on The Bach­e­lorette

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With­out Sam Frost, there would be no Aus­tralian ver­sion of The Bach­e­lorette.

Un­til Blake Gar­vey pro­posed — and then re­neged on that prom­ise — to the blonde beauty, pro­duc­ers say they had zero plans to ex­pand their suc­cess­ful dat­ing fran­chise.

But watch­ing the pop­u­lar win­ner of sea­son two have her heart so pub­licly tram­pled on saw a change of heart.

“We all felt a lit­tle re­spon­si­ble and we wanted to fix it,” ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Stephen Tate says of their de­ci­sion to go for­ward with the inau­gu­ral sea­son of The Bach­e­lorette.

“We felt like she’d been cheated out of the love we had promised.”

How­ever, that’s where they hit a snag. Frost was adamant that she had no in­ten­tion of be­ing on the show and turned them down flat.

By then, the idea was in full flow so pro­duc­ers started at­tempt­ing to cast their lead­ing lady, look­ing both at pre­vi­ous

Bach­e­lor con­tes­tants as well as celebrity sin­gle­tons.

Yet Tate says they just couldn’t find their per­fect match. Hav­ing checked back spo­rad­i­cally to see if Frost had sec­ond thoughts, he de­cided to give it one last try as dead­line loomed.

Hav­ing done her fair share of soul search­ing in the en­su­ing months, Frost de­cided to take the leap into another tele­vised love ad­ven­ture and the rest, as they say, is history.

Be­lieve it or not, Frost’s pro­tec­tive broth­ers were the ones who en­cour­aged her to go on the show.

She re­calls that fate­ful con­ver­sa­tion: “They were like, ‘Sam, what have you got to lose? You’re not do­ing ter­rific in the dat­ing scene so why not date a whole lot of them?’”

Be­ing known as the woman The Bach­e­lor dumped had taken its toll on her self-es­teem. Add in a prior history of bad re­la­tion­ships and you can see why Frost was gun shy.

“I had an idea of the kind of guy I wanted to be with but I didn’t be­lieve that I de­served to have some­one re­ally amaz­ing,” she says. “I thought, ‘If guys that I’ve dated in the past aren’t these in­cred­i­ble peo­ple and they don’t want to be with me and leave me, then what other hope do I have?’

“I was dat­ing id­iots. Re­flect­ing back, you go, ‘I can’t be­lieve I put up with some­one treat­ing me so badly’. And it’s not un­til you meet peo­ple who will treat you well that you think oth­er­wise.”

En­ter the 14 men ready to woo Frost with all they’ve got.Tate says pro­duc­tion went the ex­tra mile to make sure they had a stand out line-up for Frost to date. As well as ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from the public — the way they would cast The Bach­e­lor — the pro­duc­tion team sent spot­ters to each cap­i­tal city.

“They lit­er­ally went to venues to look for peo­ple as well as go­ing by word of mouth talk­ing to peo­ple to find the most el­i­gi­ble Aus­tralian men,” he says of the process.

Sev­eral of the men who made the cut were found in that way, in­clud­ing fi­nan­cial con­sul­tant Alex, 35, from NSW who was ap­proached along with a friend by a spot­ter.

“He had a fiance and I was sin­gle, so it made sense to put my name down,” he re­calls of the fate­ful mo­ment. “I’m up for try­ing new chal­lenges, and hav­ing seen the show, I know it can ac­tu­ally lead to love.”

Love is def­i­nitely the end goal for Frost, who says that de­spite hav­ing made a wish list for pro­duc­ers, she very quickly threw that out the win­dow once film­ing be­gan.

“I put to­gether an email be­fore they did the scout around and had to re­ally think about my ‘type’,” she says.

“But (dur­ing the show) I re­alised that my type sucks and so I had to break the cy­cle and find some­one who isn’t my tra­di­tional type. The list that I put to­gether isn’t what the guys I ended up con­nect­ing with fol­lowed ex­actly.”

“I was ter­ri­fied that it wouldn’t work out for me,” she con­tin­ues. “But I had the time of my life and I’m very happy. I might be hap­pily sin­gle or hap­pily in love — who knows? I can say that I have zero re­grets.”

“I had to break the

cy­cle and find some­one who isn’t my tra­di­tional type”

SAM FROST CHANGES HER THINK­ING

Sam Frost was per­suaded by her broth­ers to give the show a go;

(be­low) with Blake Gar­vey who

dumped her.

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