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The Bachelor Australia’s most shocking secrets are exposed

Being a contestant on The Bachelor may seem like a fairytale – but producers and former contestants say otherwise.

Multiple sources have told Daily Mail Australia the Channel 10 dating show isn’t half as glamorous as it appears on TV.

One contestant claimed she was ‘traumatised’ from her experience while another said Jimmy Nicholson ‘struggled’ to connect with any of the women.

It ain’t easy! Being a contestant on The Bachelor may seem like a fairytale – but producers and former contestants say otherwise. Pictured: Jimmy Nicholson

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia on the condition of anonymity, one rejected suitress said she felt like she’d wasted her time by going on the show.

‘It’s traumatising. A lot of the girls are really traumatised from the whole experience,’ she claimed.

‘Some of the girls don’t eat, don’t work, don’t sleep.’

The 'reality' of reality TV: A Bachelor contestant has claimed she was 'traumatised' from her experience on the Channel 10 dating show. Pictured: Stephanie Lynch

The ‘reality’ of reality TV: A Bachelor contestant has claimed she was ‘traumatised’ from her experience on the Channel 10 dating show. Pictured: Stephanie Lynch

‘I know we’re in lockdown, but some of them are just sitting at home watching back and wondering why [they signed up].’

Another spy claimed producers were working overtime to make Jimmy feel relaxed during the first week of filming.

‘He was getting reminded to relax and just look at the girls in front of him,’ they said.

Tense: Another spy claimed producers were working overtime to make Jimmy Nicholson, 31, feel relaxed during the first week of filming

Tense: Another spy claimed producers were working overtime to make Jimmy Nicholson, 31, feel relaxed during the first week of filming

‘Jimmy was constantly reminded to worry about who he didn’t see himself with rather than who he did,’ added the insider. 

Meanwhile, a bartender was allegedly fired after they were caught getting too friendly with Jimmy’s contestants.

The source claimed: ‘All the girls were flirting with him [and] making him fill their cups up behind the producers’ backs.’

Naughty boy! A bartender was allegedly fired for getting too friendly with Jimmy's contestants

Naughty boy! A bartender was allegedly fired for getting too friendly with Jimmy’s contestants

‘They were only allowed one standard drink an hour, but they would be like, “Come on, just give us another,” and he kept filling up everyone’s drinks.’

‘Some of the girls had seen him when they were out clubbing, so he wasn’t a stranger.

‘Producers were so strict when it came to the amount of alcohol the girls could have this year after an incident last year.’

Villains: Producers apparently didn't struggle to stir up drama, with the women already getting catty behind the scenes while competing for one-on-one time with Jimmy

Villains: Producers apparently didn’t struggle to stir up drama, with the women already getting catty behind the scenes while competing for one-on-one time with Jimmy

Contestants were ‘up in arms’

Producers apparently didn’t struggle to stir up drama, with the women already getting catty behind the scenes while competing for one-on-one time with Jimmy.

‘As seen with Belinda Robinson’s attention-seeking decision to reach for Jimmy’s crotch during the photo shoot, the girls knew that if they wanted screen time they needed to cause drama or be extra,’ a source said.

‘They all had businesses or services to promote and knew the only way they would get followers is if they had screen time.’

Different methods: Daily Mail Australia understands that online applications are only one part of the casting process, and that social media and 'street casting' are also widely used

Different methods: Daily Mail Australia understands that online applications are only one part of the casting process, and that social media and ‘street casting’ are also widely used

Contestants are recruited via social media instead of applying

Daily Mail Australia understands online applications are only one part of the casting process, and that social media and ‘street casting’ are also widely used. 

Contestants are ‘discovered’ at restaurants, nightclubs and bars, with Coogee Pavilion in Sydney being considered a hotspot for talent scouts.

The women are usually approached by casting producers, before setting up a Zoom interview. It’s not until later that the formal auditions and background checks begin.

Flight manager Chanel Tang, travel manager Tahnee Leeson and technical analyst Sierah Swepstone are understood to have been scouted on social media.

Hiding spots: This year's contestants found a loophole in their contracts which meant they could simply hide and pretend to cry in the bathroom if they didn't want to be filmed

Hiding spots: This year’s contestants found a loophole in their contracts which meant they could simply hide and pretend to cry in the bathroom if they didn’t want to be filmed

Secret hiding places in the mansion

This year’s contestants found a loophole in their contracts which meant they could simply hide and pretend to cry in the bathroom if they didn’t want to be filmed.

Other girls are said to have been more dramatic, hiding in the mansion’s cupboards.

Another insider claimed Jimmy’s ladies found a spot by the pool where they could sit at the door and hear producers talking to Jimmy without being seen. 

To be continued: The Bachelor continues Wednesday at 7.30pm on Channel 10

To be continued: The Bachelor continues Wednesday at 7.30pm on Channel 10


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