From South Perth to The Bachelorette
THE last time a contestant on The Bachelorette walked in with an animal, he won the heart of Georgia Love.
If history has anything to do with the outcome, South Perth resident Dan Hobley has it in the bag.
The 32-year-old, who made his entrance holding a lamb (an ode to his farming background), hoped the cute introduction would woo Bachelorette Ali Oetjen.
Hobley described himself as an “enthusiastic sports reporter” and said he decided to take a chance at love on the show after finding it difficult to find someone.
“Yeah, it is honestly really hard out there,” he said.
“We’re living in a situation where the world’s gone mad with online dating and I think everyone is chasing perfection.
“And while it’s not something I’m chasing, I think everyone is so fussy to be totally honest with you. We are getting to the stage where good people like myself and many others around the world are probably getting overlooked and probably overlooking others.
“I think it’s so easy where you meet at a pub; you know straight away if you click or if there’s chemistry, rather than flicking away on Tinder.”
Having watched snippets of Bachelor in Paradise, the former country boy from Nyabing said he chose to stay away from finding out too much information about Oetjen.
“What has happened in someone’s past has nothing to do with me,” he said.
“It’s when you connect that you start giving those little details away, when you start to build trust with that person that you hopefully fall in love with.
“I wanted to give myself the chance to get to know Ali and obviously to give her the chance to get to know me.
“From what I got from her, she is a lady that is deeper, a bit more nerdy. I think she likes to muck about and have a laugh and that’s what appealed to me; I had a lot of time for her.”
Describing the experience as an emotional one and one that tested him, Hobley said viewers would see a very raw and honest version of himself.
“I was so ready to do something like this for all the right reasons and I know that gets bandied around a bit,” he said.
“But you’re in an environment where everything happens very quickly.
“(It’s the) equivalent to being locked up in a chicken pen and being asked to find the eggs.
“Ali is a fantastic person and there are a lot of other blokes who have gone on there too; it’s a great bunch of people on there and it’s an interesting process. I just genuinely wanted to be in there and find a partner.”
The Bachelorette airs on Network Ten on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm.
Dan Hobley hopes to win the heart of Bachelorette Ali Oetjen.