TEN hands a rose to The Bachelor Australia

2013-05-09_0028TEN has commissioned an Australian version of The Bachelor.

Shine Australia will produce the dating series which has chalked up 18 seasons in the US. The American series currently airs in Australia on GO!

Network TEN Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “The Bachelor is one of the longest-running and most successful television franchises in the world, with productions in 24 countries.

“We are thrilled to be working with Shine to take this iconic show and create a uniquely Australian entertainment event.”

Shine Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mark Fennessy, said: “There are few marquee brands which have
enjoyed the same connection with audiences worldwide as The Bachelor. We’re delighted to bring this brilliant series to Australian viewers and look forward to introducing our very own Prince Charming”

Dating / Reality shows have had mixed success in Australia from the short-lived Yasmin’s Getting Married and Australia’s Perfect Couple to the long-running success of The Farmer Wants a Wife.

Auditions are now open via http://dating.castasugar.com/

Production will start shortly and the series will air on TEN later this year.

TEN is also poised to reveal its cast for Secrets and Lies: The Track shortly.


  1. If they follow the american format and have interesting contestants I think this will be a winner for ten. A lot of people I know find The Bachelor on Go a guilty pleasure and we have always wondered why there was never an Australian version. Will be watching!

  2. wintermute

    Shine will undoubtedly find a way to mess this up, quite likely by hiring the same uninspired producing team from Biggest Loser/Beauty & The Geek.

  3. Questions I would like to see ten answer ….

    1) There is so much bad feedback about this already, why don’t they scrap this horrible idea before they do their cash ….

    2) when they do make a huge loss on this bad move, will they reimburse the shareholders for wasting their cash?

    I would appreciate an honest answer from the ten publicity department ……

  4. Secret Squirrel

    I won’t be watching but I think this might still do ok. Ok for Ten that is but they’ve got to start somewhere – they’re close enough to being third that they can smell ABC’s bum (that’s a dog racing ref btw).

  5. jezza the first original one

    If this is successful it will be a miracle. Miracles do happen, but they are rare.

    It is a lousy, lazy decision. Is that really the best they can come up with?

  6. muscledude_oz

    Is that Paul Clitheroe – the syndicated finance journalist – who is the host? I guess if Kochie can host Sunrise, Clitheroe can host The Bachelor Australia.

  7. Ten’s attempts at their own competition and celebrity stalking shows last year were major flops. The Bachelor is still delivering good ratings in the US and is available.

    Nine showed the US version here, then dumped it to Go!. We have also had local Please Marry My Boy, Beauty and The Geek and that terrible holiday adultary one that my mind is blocking out.

    Dance shows are out of favour, mocking fat people isn’t working anymore, there are plenty of cooking, renovation and singing competitions. So it is back to dating shows.

    As US Idol demonstrates there isn’t much point in chasing younger viewers late in the week. Ten needs stuff that can compete with Seven and Nine early in the week if it is get back to being the 3rd placed network.

  8. Will Dexter the Robot get a gig? Dusted off from Perfect Match – or did they leave him behind in the move from North Ryde?
    “Our audience responds well to new shows”. Um, say that again.

  9. And here I was thinking TEN were serious about getting back to form. But in any case, good luck to them. At least they’re not taking another network’s show (AGT, Big Brother)

  10. It can’t rate any worse than I Will Survive, The Shire, Don’t Tell The Bride, etc. Good pick up.

    Now Ten need to poach The Amazing Race Australia from Seven, and steal the cricket from Nine.

    And launch their new morning lineup quick smart!

  11. Hmmm….. interesting idea. Certainly could/should have been done at least 5 years ago, but FWAW etc do okay so this might.

    Casting will be critical – it would be interesting if they could get a minor celebrity as the Bachelor (in that Mark Phillippousis style).

  12. After the recent flop of a new dating show in the US they think that this show will be their answer? That makes me laugh so much. Its an old old format. Then again Beauty and the Geek happened and is a success so who knows it might surprise but i see this as another flop for the network.

  13. About ten years too late for this idea. Would have been better off going for Gina Rinehart’s idea of The Miner Wants A Wife. 😛

  14. I’m actually a little bit surprised that Ten have picked this up. I thought that, because they show the American series on GO!, Nine would pick it up.

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