Sophie Monk announced as Ten’s next star of The Bachelorette

Australian singer, entertainer and actress Sophie Monk has been announced as Ten’s new Bachelorette.

The news comes after Monk spoke on The Weekly’s Hard Chat segment on the ABC earlier this month saying she wished she had come to prominence on a “cooler” TV show – such as The Bachelorette – and noted she is “very single”.

Monk speculated that she could be the first celebrity Bachelorette when speaking to comedian Tom Gleeson on the segment.

In announcing the news, Monk said: “My Mum was the person who suggested that I should be the Bachelorette. She, along with the rest of my family, know how much it means to me to find the right person to settle down with.

“I moved back to Australia a couple of years ago and I’ve embraced life back in the suburbs on the Gold Coast. I love having my parents and family nearby, and spending time with my niece and nephews, but I’m missing that one person to share it with.

“I’m in the public eye, but away from that I’m just a regular woman and I’m open to committing fully to finding love on The Bachelorette Australia. After life experience with some of the wrong men, what I want to find above all else is a man who is kind and genuine,” she said.

Monk first came to prominence on Seven’s Popstars reality program, which aired in 2000, ultimately becoming a member of female pop group Bardot.

In 2014 Monk, along with former Spice Girl Mel B and radio personalities Jules Lund and Merrick Watts, fronted the new 2DayFM breakfast radio show replacing Kyle and Jackie O who had made the move to Australian Radio Network’s Kiis FM.

By late 2014, the radio network had announced the show would end, replaced instead by former drive-time hosts Dan Debuf and Maz Compton.

Beverly McGarvey, Network Ten chief content officer, said: “The Bachelorette Australia is a love story and a fairy tale.

“Australia has known and loved Sophie for more than 15 years and has followed the ups and downs of her love life.

37-year-old Sophie Monk

“We are delighted she has agreed to join The Bachelorette Australia and let the nation enjoy her search to find happily ever after,” McGarvey said.

Georgia Love’s Bachelorette debut last year managed 655,000 metro viewers, which was down on Sam Frost’s return to the show which averaged 875,000. 

Last year’s Bachelorette finale saw Georgia Love choose Lee Elliott as her life-time partner, pulling an average metro audience of just under one million with 972,000 viewers.

In 2015, Sam Frost declared her love for Sacha Mielczarek grabbing 1.52m metro viewers.


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