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Fame-hungry Bachelor contestants are ‘panicking’ over the dreadful ratings

EXCLUSIVE: ‘They don’t understand why no one is watching’: Fame-hungry Bachelor stars are ‘panicking’ over the dreadful ratings – with some gaining just a few hundred Instagram followers

The new season of The Bachelor has been a ratings disaster for Channel 10, delivering a record-low metro audience of just 360,000 viewers on Wednesday.

And as network executives struggle to keep the flagship dating show afloat amid cancellation rumours, Jimmy Nicholson’s contestants are ‘desperately worried’ about what it all means for their career prospects.

Many of the women only applied for the show in order to become influencers or start podcasts – which the likes of Abbie Chatfield and Brittany Hockley have done in the past – and now they’re panicking because no one is watching. 

‘Since making their social media accounts public some girls have had less than one hundred new followers,’ a source told Daily Mail Australia on Friday.

‘They don’t understand why no one is watching’: Fame-hungry Bachelor stars are ‘panicking’ over the dreadful ratings, with some gaining just a few hundred Instagram followers 

‘Steph [Lynch] has only had just over 1,300 followers, while Jacinta [Boys] has picked up less than one hundred.’

‘The girls are panicking that they won’t get many followers or even their blue tick,’ the insider added, referring to Instagram’s verification badge for ‘public figures’. 

According to another source, Jimmy’s girls are particularly worried because only five contestants from last year’s season – which delivered far better ratings than Jimmy’s season has so far – got blue-tick verification

'Some girls have had less than one hundred new followers': Many of the women only applied for the show in order to become influencers - which the likes of Abbie Chatfield and Brittany Hockley have done in the past - and now they're panicking because no one is watching

‘Some girls have had less than one hundred new followers’: Many of the women only applied for the show in order to become influencers – which the likes of Abbie Chatfield and Brittany Hockley have done in the past – and now they’re panicking because no one is watching

A third insider said: ‘They don’t understand why people are not watching the show.

‘They are p**sed off that nobody is following them. They were hoping the show would be as good as Honey Badger’s [Nick ‘The Honey Badger’ Cummins’ season in 2018]. Some girls were expecting 30k to 80k followers. Some are actually depressed that they put so much effort on the show and are not getting anything out of it.’

Bondi fitness trainer Elena Wee is the most-followed contestant this season with 9,856 followers, while bookies’ favourite Holly Kingston has just over 6,580 followers.

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia on Friday, celebrity agent Max Markson reiterated his warning from earlier this month that wannabe influencers shouldn’t quit their day job unless they have at least 100,000 followers.

‘Look. They aren’t getting a career out of this full stop. Unless you’ve got the numbers there’s no career,’ he said of this year’s crop of Bachelor contestants.

No influence here! Bondi fitness trainer Elena Wee is the most-followed contestant this season with 9,856 followers, while bookies' favourite Holly Kingston (pictured) has just over 6,580

No influence here! Bondi fitness trainer Elena Wee is the most-followed contestant this season with 9,856 followers, while bookies’ favourite Holly Kingston (pictured) has just over 6,580

‘All you’ve got to do is look at the recent Married At First Sight series; the numbers weren’t there for them,’ he explained.

Markson reiterated you can make a decent living as an influencer at the 100,000 mark, but anything less than that just isn’t a sustainable career.

‘I look back at previous years, the girls, unless you’ve got decent numbers, you don’t earn money from this. They have to keep doing a normal job,’ he said.

'Don't quit your day job': Celebrity agent Max Markson (pictured) told Daily Mail Australia of this year's crop of Bachelor contestants: 'They aren't getting a career out of this full stop'

‘Don’t quit your day job’: Celebrity agent Max Markson (pictured) told Daily Mail Australia of this year’s crop of Bachelor contestants: ‘They aren’t getting a career out of this full stop’

Jimmy Nicholson’s season of The Bachelor had the lowest-ever audience for a season premiere last week, and it’s only been downhill from there. 

The ratings have plunged from 482,000 to 360,000 in a week, leading to rumours Channel 10 may be forced to cancel the show. 

The Bachelor continues Wednesday at 7:30pm on Channel 10 

What went wrong? Jimmy Nicholson's (pictured) season of The Bachelor had the lowest-ever audience for a season premiere last week, and it's only been downhill from there

What went wrong? Jimmy Nicholson’s (pictured) season of The Bachelor had the lowest-ever audience for a season premiere last week, and it’s only been downhill from there

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