Ten pins hopes on fitness instructor as another bachelor goes looking for love(s) of his life

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 10.59.00 AMTen is banking on a 34-year-old health and fitness boss from Tasmania to create the same impact as ‘love rat’ Blake Garvey as the TV network today unveiled its new star of its 2015 series of The Bachelor.

Sam Wood was described by Ten as the “complete package” who is not only “physically striking” but, as chance would have it, “charismatic and successful”.

He owns and operates Gecko Sports, a Melbourne-based health and fitness company targeted at children.

“Being The Bachelor is a real privilege and a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Wood said.”I plan on embracing the experience with an open mind while wearing my heart on my sleeve.”

Wood insisted he was intent on finding the “love of his life”, while preparing “to have the absolute time of my life”.

The Bachelor began slowly for Ten last year as it failed to draw an audience. But late drama, fuelled by stories that Garvey and his chosen girl Sam Frost had split, saw interest pique with 1.37 million tuning in for the finale.

A series of newspaper stories, TV interviews and general gossip maintained publicity for The Bachelor long after the series had finished.

The Bachelor Australia will air later this year.

News of the The Bachelor’s return came as I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here wrapped up on Ten with 1.14m metro viewers tuning in to see English cricketing hero Andrew Flintoff crowned the winner.

Steve Jones 


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