The Courier-Mail

Fresh cast of love-hun­gry hope­fuls

- The Bach­e­lor, 7.30 Wed­nes­day, Chan­nel 10 Celebrities · The Bachelor · Queensland · Donald Trump · Tasmania · Perth

num­ber of women who we be­lieve will fea­ture heav­ily through­out the sea­son.

Hu­man re­sources ad­viser Izzy Shar­manFirth (pic­tured) said she’s plan­ning to win The Bach­e­lor by “be­ing my­self” and “maybe my cook­ing”. The 29-year-old from Queens­land wouldn’t do well if part­nered with a “Trump sup­porter” and ad­mits she is sin­gle be­cause “I’m ob­vi­ously crazy”.

Her biggest fear is hav­ing her heart bro­ken on national tele­vi­sion.

Mar­laina McPhillips, a fundrais­ing co­or­di­na­tor from Vic­to­ria, de­scribes her­self as a “dad joke en­thu­si­ast” who is footy crazy and search­ing for her “goofy soul­mate”.

Her biggest fear is “be­ing so vul­ner­a­ble”.

“I’ve tried the online dat­ing scene and dat­ing in real life wasn’t work­ing ei­ther, so with a glass of wine one night I thought ‘wine not?’ Cringe-wor­thy? Yes. Worth it? Also yes.”

Deal-break­ers for the 31-year-old are cheat­ing and smok­ing.

Tas­ma­nian Maddy Carver has been sin­gle for the past four years and has big dreams for a wed­ding, three kids and a dream house.

“I am ready to get mar­ried and have kids, so all I need now is a man,” the 25-year-old teacher says. “I don’t want to be an old lady who lives in a lit­tle flat with 10 cats. I don’t even like cats.”

Gil­bert lives up to Carver’s ideal man. “Phys­i­cally he would be tall, tanned, fit and have a nice smile,” she says. “Per­son­al­ity-wise, my he’d be mo­ti­vated, fam­ily-ori­en­tated, driven, ad­ven­tur­ous, have a good sense of hu­mour, be hon­est and loyal.”

A ma­jor deal-breaker for Syd­ney stylist Juli­ette Her­rera is some­one who can’t com­mu­ni­cate au­then­ti­cally. The 34-year-old, who also wants three chil­dren, says: “If he can­not com­mu­ni­cate, it shows to me a lack of ma­tu­rity. Most con­flict comes from mis­un­der­stand­ing or want­ing to con­trol an­other per­son.”

Kristina Abramoff from Perth cites her two great­est achieve­ments in life as get­ting her PhD and mak­ing it on to The Bach­e­lor.

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