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Matty J’s season of The Bachelor to hit screens on Wednesday 26 July

Ten has revealed the fifth Australian season of The Bachelor starring last year’s Bachelorette runner-up Matthew Johnson (Matty J) will premiere on Wednesday 26 July at 7:30pm.

The Bachelor starring Matty J will air before Ten’s Offspring

The show will screen on Ten and the WIN Network on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

This season will feature 22 women aged between 22 and 34 as Johnson looks for his “forever” in a “television event”, a release from Ten said.

“Drama, rivalries, adventure and romance reach new heights this season, as Matty J invites the Bachelorettes on lavish single and group dates, to help him determine with whom he will spend the rest of his life.

“The new season of The Bachelor delivers more funny and unexpected moments, more drama and more surprises than ever before.”

Johnson came to prominence in last year’s season of The Bachelorette, where he was pipped at the post for Georgia Love’s heart by Lee Elliott. The finale of the show pulled 972,000 metro viewers, after a premiere audience of 655,000 metro viewers.

Last year’s season of The Bachelor starring Richie Strahan – the second runner-up in Sam Frost’s season of The Bachelorette – rated slightly better, with a metro audience of 882,000 for the premiere and 1.324m for the final rose ceremony.

Frost’s season in 2015 – the first Australian iteration of The Bachelorette franchise – outrated both Strahan’s finale and Love’s, with 1.52m tuning in for her decision, despite spoilers appearing on The Daily Mail ahead of the broadcast. The debut episode of The Bachelorette starring Frost had a metro audience of 875,000.

Frost and her chosen Bachelor Sasha Mielczarek have since split

Frost’s time on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette launched her media career, which saw her front 2Day FM’s Sydney breakfast radio show with Rove McManus in 2015, replacing the axed Dan & Maz show.

In January, it was announced McManus and Frost would leave the breakfast slot in favour of comedian Em Rusciano. Frost and McManus held onto their evening slot across the Hit Network, however when Frost’s contract came to an end in June, the radio network did not renew it.

Frost and McManus’ evening slot will once again be filled with Rusciano and Breen, who will front the Hit Network nationally on weekdays from 7pm-8pm.

Frost instead will move back into television and appear as a contestant on Seven’s Hell’s Kitchen.

Frost’s Bachelorette season was also slightly ahead of 2015’s iteration of The Bachelor, starring personal trainer Sam Wood, which had 846,000 metro viewers at launch and 1.482m tune in as Wood chose Snezana Markoski.

2014’s edition of The Bachelor, which got off to a slow start, concluded with a metro audience of 1.374m after intense media speculation Bachelor Blake Garvey may have already ended his relationship with Frost.

The first Australian season of The Bacelor featuring Tim Robards had an audience of 1.186m for the final episode, after 669,000 tuned in for the premiere.

Ten has also recently announced media personality Sophie Monk will be this year’s Bachelorette. The Bachelorette tends to air after the finale of The Bachelor.

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