Ten’s The Bachelor to launch on 12 August following production pause

Ten has announced season eight of The Bachelor Australia will launch on Wednesday, 12 August.

The series went into production in March but was halted after “employing extra precautions on set” became insufficient in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new season is fronted by former Australian Survivor contestant, Locky Gilbert. Gilbert took part in the second series of Australian Survivor to air on Ten, and his new role as the Bachelor was announced as his turn on this year’s Australian Survivor: All Stars season was still running.

Gilbert’s run on The Bachelor is a return to casting familiar faces as the leading man for the program.

In 2018, former Wallabies player, Nick Cummins, delivered the program’s best opening ratings for the male-fronted series. 950,000 metro viewers watched the first episode, and 1.241m witnessed him not pick a partner at the end of the process.

Last year’s season of The Bachelor, fronted by media-unknown, astrophysicist Matt Agnew, launched to 828,000 metro viewers and had 1.17m viewers tune in to see him make his final decision.

Previous Bachelors have included former The Bachelorette contestants, Richie Strahan and Matthew ‘Matty J’ Johnson.

The Bachelor’s spin-off, Bachelor in Paradise, returned for its third season last week to 507,000 metro viewers and 639,000 national viewers.

Bachelor in Paradise was slated to return earlier this year but it was held back with Masterchef taking its place. From Sunday, 26 July, it will be running four nights a week.


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