FINDING THE ONE
WHY AUSTRALIA’S NEWEST BACHELOR RICHIE STRAHAN IS READY FOR ROMANCE
Why does a 31year-old eligible man go on a TV reality show looking for love not once, but twice? According to Australia’s newest Bachelor, Richie Strahan, it’s because he has genuinely struggled to meet someone.
The nation saw just how hard he tried last year, coming so close to being Sam Frost’s chosen one on The Bachelorette.
“I’ve certainly found it tough to meet the right woman. The kind of lifestyle I’ve had hasn’t really led me to meet many people,” Strahan says.
Strahan spends a lot of time away working on oil rigs as a rope access technician, but on a show like Network Ten’s The Bachelor, he has his pick of about 20 women.
“I’m embarking on a journey where Warner Bros has cherry-picked some of the most eligible and beautiful women in Australia,” he says.
The show debuted on TV last night, but Strahan has already finished filming.
“I’m really happy with the decision I made. It’s something that I can’t wait for you to watch and follow my journey,” he says. “It’s going to be so much fun.”
Strahan uses the word “fun” a lot to describe the experience. But last year’s Bachelor winner Sam Wood has said appearing on the show was one of the most difficult things he’s ever done.
Strahan concedes it’s tough.
“In terms of the whole process, it is without a doubt the most challenging, exciting, exhilarating, intense experience I can think of,” he says. “It is next level; it demands so much from you mentally and physically.”
Last year’s Bachelorette Sam Frost also revealed recently that she found it hard to have producers in her ear telling her what to do, particularly during the rose ceremonies.
Strahan says that level of instruction on the show is difficult but that he went into it with his eyes open.
“I’m a very headstrong, independent guy. I’m very happy with where I’m at in my life, so to be able to hand those reins over to a production company was always a fun challenge,” he says.
“The big thing is, you’ve just got to always remember they’re making a TV show. As much as the reasons why you go down this avenue to fall in love, they’ve got to make a TV show,” he says.
He also admits that he did have some trepidation about returning to the reality TV show.
“It is different, and it does take up a huge chunk of your life but at the same time you’re doing something pretty fun. It certainly wasn’t easy to make the decision to go down that path,” he says.
“The big carrot is meeting someone incredible that you can hopefully spend the rest of your life with.”
Strahan says last night’s first episode was “simply just brilliant”.
“I could put myself in the girls’ shoes because I’ve been there,” he says.
“So I’m trying to make the girls relax, but at the same time I’m like, ‘What is happening!’. It was something I’ll hold close for a long time.”
Osher Gunsberg has hosted the show since it debuted in 2013.
And he says the reaction Strahan was met with from the incoming bachelorettes was overwhelming.
“The amount of limos that pulled up where the ladies were like, ‘Oh, my god, I’m so stoked it’s him’, or, ‘I was hoping it was him’, was incredible,” Gunsberg says.
The Bachelor, Network Ten, tonight at 7.30pm
Perth's Richie Strahan stars in Channel Ten’s hit reality TV show The Bachelor.