Sec­ond-chance ro­mance

Rachel Lind­say is grab­bing an­other shot at love with both hands as new­est The Bach­e­lorette.

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The Bach­e­lorette Sea­son 13 Satur­days (from 27 May) Vuzu Amp (*103) 18:00

Just be­cause Texas at­tor­ney Rachel Lind­say didn’t get the fi­nal rose in sea­son 21 of The Bach­e­lor (2001cur­rent) doesn’t mean that she’s given up on a hap­pily- ever-af­ter. In fact, be­ing turned away by Bach­e­lor Nick Viall on the re­al­ity show might’ve given her the very boost she needed to take on an even big­ger TV role: be­ing the his­tory-mak­ing first black lead con­tes­tant in the spin- off se­ries The Bach­e­lorette (2002- cur­rent).

“I hon­estly thought that they were do­ing it [of­fer­ing me this op­por­tu­nity] to make me feel bet­ter,” says Rachel, who went back to work for three months be­fore the pro­duc­ers called her with the of­fer. “Only as it kept go­ing did I re­alise that they were se­ri­ous with this thing. It’s sur­real to me and I’m so ap­pre­cia­tive of the op­por­tu­nity.”

GOT THE T-SHIRT

Hav­ing just been through the process with Nick, Rachel walked into her new role know­ing what to ex­pect, “But it’s to­tally dif­fer­ent be­ing on the other side of the coin,” she re­veals. And she knows what she wants: that all-im­por­tant chunk of bling at the end of the 11- episode sea­son. “I’ve never had one be­fore!” she laughs.

And while find­ing love on a global stage might be daunt­ing to most of us, Rachel’s tak­ing it in her stride. “It’s not the typ­i­cal way that I like to date a man [by go­ing on mul­ti­ple dates with mul­ti­ple part­ners while mil­lions of view­ers watch], but I’m ex­cited to get into it again,” she says. “I’m hope­ful [for this game] as I have an amaz­ing group of men. I see a lot of po­ten­tial in them [Laughs].”

With over 30 el­i­gi­ble Bach­e­lors to choose from [they hadn’t been re­vealed at print], 31-year- old Rachel al­ready has a good idea of what she’s look­ing for. “I’m in that phase of my life where I’m ready to start a fam­ily and get mar­ried. I’m look­ing for some­one who can make me laugh and who’s also on the same page as me,” she ex­plains.

THE RACE BE­GINS

View­ers of The Bach­e­lor got a glimpse at two of Rachel’s suit­ors af­ter the Fi­nal Rose Spe­cial aired in March 2017 but she’s “tak­ing it as it comes. I fig­ure that if I stay true to my­self, it will be a suc­cess­ful sea­son – for me es­pe­cially”.

Rachel Lind­say didn’t find love with Nick Viall, but she hasn’t given up on nab­bing a man on TV.

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