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DE­SPITE the suc­cess of Chan­nel 10’s re­cent sea­son of The Bach­e­lor, the gen­eral con­sen­sus was that there was no way they could strike gold twice with The Bach­e­lorette.

Not only were the naysay­ers wrong, they were gob­s­macked to see Sam Frost and her co­terie of el­i­gi­ble men (of whom one will emerge the vic­tor this week) in­crease the gi­ant rat­ings achieved by The Bach­e­lor.

De­spite hav­ing be­lief in the pro­gram, Ten’s head of en­ter­tain­ment and fac­tual pro­grams, Stephen Tate, was among those taken by sur­prise.

“Through­out the world The Bach­e­lorette se­ries haven’t rated as well as The Bach­e­lor,” he says.

“I think pro­duc­ers around the world will be look­ing at the way Aus­tralia has done it.”

While this sea­son The Bach­e­lorette was only five weeks long, Tate prom­ises fans will get a longer stint next year.

“Ab­so­lutely we would make it longer,” he says. “It all comes down to cast­ing, but this sea­son has given us great con­fi­dence.”

Also on the way next time will be the Af­ter The Fi­nal Rose spe­cial which is pop­u­lar in the US. Ten are also con­sid­er­ing an­other Bach­e­lor spin off.

“Osher (Guns­berg) is one of the most ca­pa­ble hosts live and we def­i­nitely want to do that next year,” Tate says. THE BACH­E­LORETTE, CHAN­NEL 10, WED­NES­DAY AND THURS­DAY, 7.30PM

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