From South Perth to The Bach­e­lorette

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Belinda Cipriano

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.

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