NEW BACHELOR BLAKE PREPARES TO WOO TV VIEWERS
For viewers, The Bachelor can be an addictive guilty pleasure. But for this year’s bachelor, Blake Garvey, the hit reality TV show is a serious step to finding fairytale love.
“I want someone to share adventures with. I want to love and be loved,” Blake says.
“I’m at a stage in my life where it seems all the stars are lining up and there’s just one thing missing.”
He’s being billed as the full package, so how is this Prince Charming still single? Host Osher Gunsberg didn’t have the answer.
“It’s always nice to meet men who are that mix of masculine and kind. Australia puts so much value on this blokey-bloke type, and when you have that quality as well as a kind nature, those energies mix and the person is amazing to be around,” he says.
“That is exactly what Blake is. He’s a very tall man, physically powerful and has such a kind heart.
“I’m heterosexual but I don’t get how he’s still single. Just wait until you see these ladies swoon. Oh my goodness.”
Blake, a Perth real estate agent and auctioneer, doesn’t consider himself unlucky in love. He puts his failure to find “the one” down to bad timing.
“I’ve found that you may actually have the right person, but the timing is off and it just doesn’t work out,” he says.
“Whether it comes down to being too busy with your career or there’s an illness in the family or issues on the other side, these things happen for a reason and eventually lead you to a stage in life when you’ve learnt from experiences and you’re ready.”
He may be ready for romance, but Blake isn’t too sure how he’ll feel when Australia weighs in on his quest for love.
“To be honest, I’m just really enjoying the ride right now. I think one of the things they were looking for in a bachelor is someone who is willing to put emotion and heart on the line and I certainly do wear it on my sleeve,” he says.
Blake is inspired by the blossoming love of former
The Bachelor contestants. “Tim and Anna from last year are still going strong,” he says.
“They’ve just moved in together and are apparently about to get engaged. I look at that and it’s my biggest inspiration. You don’t have to filter yourself on this show. No one gives you a funny look when you say you want to get married because everyone is in the same boat.”
The Bachelor is already past the halfway point in filming, so has Blake met his match?
“There are certainly a few girls in particular that stand out,” he says.
While Blake promises “fireworks” from the first episode, Osher says the format also brings fresh sparks. “We’ve got a few world firsts on series two of
The Bachelor. There’s a couple of things that have never happened before on this show. On the first night we introduce a single white rose. I can’t tell you what it means. Whether it’s the one rose that rules them all, you’ll have to wait and see.”
The Bachelor premieres at 7.30pm Wednesday on Channel 10.