The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - LEXIE CARTWRIGHT

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.

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