Familiar face announced as new Bachelor

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Locklan 'Locky' Gilbert is the newest Bachelor. Photo: Channel 10

The newest Bachelor has been announced, and you may find yourself doing a double-take because this eligible gentleman has graced our TV screens very recently.

Locklan ‘Locky’ Gilbert will be the man at the centre of the 2020 season, and though the dating show typically includes some perilous waters to navigate, this man is a proven survivor.

Yep, you have seen the handsome 30-year-old before, though probably less spruced up than in his latest pics.

Die-hard fans will recognise Locky from his two stints in the jungle on Survivor. Photo: Channel 10

Locky first popped up battling it out in the jungle on Survivor back in 2017, then again earlier this year when he returned for the 2020 All Stars seasons.

He may have been the 13th voted out on the endurance competition, but the fitness fanatic is clearly hoping to find better luck in the love game.

An experienced cave diver, base jumper, mountaineer, athlete and avid traveller, the Bachelor-to-be is also the CEO of a travel tour company.

‘Someone to share the memories with’

Addicted to adventure, Locky says he’s after a partner in crime to join him on his travels.

“I really want to find love,” he says. 

“I’m pretty content with my life at the moment. I go on these crazy adventures, but I’d love someone to share the memories with.”

“I want to find that one best friend that I can spend the rest of my life with.”

Locky is sure to be a hit with the ladies. photo: Instagram/locklangilbert

He has a map of the world tattooed on his side, and his Instagram is an homage to adventure, though it seems taking on 20 hopeful ladies will be a first for the globe-trotter.

As for what he’s looking for in a lucky lady?

Predictably, the soon-to-be national heartthrob is after a woman with a wild sense of adventure who is driven and as in love with the great outdoors as she hopefully will be with Locky. 

Fans react to Bachie news

Locky already boasts a legion of die-hard fans including, apparently, Osher Gunsberg, who took to Instagram to announce the news.

The host isn’t alone, with other fans flooding Locky’s Instagram with varying reactions to the news.

“Chuck a rose this way, Locky!” one lady wrote.

“IM SO EXCITED,” another shared.

Others weren’t so excited to see their Survivor hero take on a dating show.

“A downgrade from Survivor,” one wrote.

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