Viewers of The Bachelor were left ‘shocked and confused’ on Thursday night when main man Locky Gilbert decided to abruptly send one contestant home despite expressing a strong desire to get to know her better.
In episode seven, Bel Colwell received a ringing endorsement from psychic Alison who urged Locky to investigate their connection more.
Up until then, Aussies at home had yet to see much of the 25-year-old media buyer at all, however, an enthusiastic Locky pledged to spend more time with her on Alison’s advice.
In a surprise twist, it appears that the former Survivor star’s feelings for Bel swiftly changed before the end of the following episode when he failed to give her a rose.
Fans took to social media to share their outrage at Locky’s sharp one-eighty, with one writing on one of Bel’s Instagram posts: “Can’t believe it. I’m confused as to why”.
“What do you mean? Didn’t he say he wants to spend more time with you, then he sends you home? I'm so shocked,” wrote another.
Bel’s axing comes after Locky sent a whopping five bachelorettes packing in one episode, with Areeba, Charley, Gemma, Laura and Marg all leaving the show rose-less on Wednesday night.
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Below, we’ve been keeping tabs on which contestants received a rose from Locky — and those who didn’t. It goes without saying that there are spoilers ahead if you’re not up-to-date with the latest episode.
Intruder Kaitlyn left the bachelorettes in shock — and several in tears — when she crashed their episode two photoshoot wearing a white bridal gown, ready to steal Locky away for the coveted ‘wedding’ photo.
Bella’s fairy tale arrival saw her earn the coveted first date with Locky and emerge as an early frontrunner for his heart. While she may be hitting it off with Locky it’s not her first brush with Bachie love, having previously dated Samuel Johnston from Georgia Love’s Bachelorette season.
Widely tipped as a favourite to win, nurse Irena left Locky’s pulse racing when she unbuttoned his shirt to listen to his heart in episode one.
Locky left H.R. advisor Izzy so breathless when they first met that she needed to use her asthma inhaler! Here’s hoping their future interactions don’t result in medical issues.
Proud Aussie Latina Juliette caused a stir in episode three when she slipped Locky a handwritten note during the cocktail party. While the move may have upset her fellow bachelorettes it did the trick with the Bachelor who gave her a rose. Off-screen, Juliette’s pre and post-transformation snaps have left audiences in shock.
Professional dancer Nicole swept Locky off his feet when they first met, and later that same evening the pair pulled off the iconic move from Dirty Dancing. Keen to continue their connection off the dance floor, Locky gave Nicole the triple threat rose which includes a single date, a spot in a group date and an invite to the Bachelor pad for cosy, one-on-one time.
Tasmanian primary school teacher Maddy attempted to teach Locky a thing or two by bringing a blackboard along to their first meeting and it clearly worked — she got a rose!
Mechanical engineer Roxi combines beauty and brains, and her love of ‘crazy adventures’ makes her a perfect match for adrenaline-junkie Locky.
Special Needs teacher Steph had Locky and the other bachelorettes howling with laughter during the episode two photoshoot when she dressed up as a grumpy dad.
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Media buyer Bel hasn’t had that much screen time — yet — but don’t count this country girl out just yet. Despite a ringing endorsement from psychic Alison in episode seven, Locky decided to send Bel home the following night.
Outspoken and self-assured, home loan officer Areeba ruffled fellow bachelorette Zoe-Clare’s feathers right from the get-go when she interrupted her chat with Locky. The tension between the two women spilled over into episode two’s photoshoot which once again saw them vying for the Bachelor’s attention. Sadly, Areeba went home along with four of her fellow bachelorettes in episode seven.
Gemma may have stunned Locky with her looks and charm in episode one, but it was news of her 22kg weight loss transformation back in 2018 that left viewers gobsmacked. Sadly, Gemma went home along with four of her fellow bachelorettes in episode seven.
Bright and bubbly Charley was the first of the bachelorettes to twig onto the fact that Locky was a former Survivor star. Sadly, the PE teacher went home along with four of her fellow bachelorettes in episode seven.
With a taste for the finer things in life, Laura wasn’t sold on Locky’s low-key, nomadic lifestyle but that hasn’t stopped the marketing coordinator from staking her claim. Sadly, Laura went home along with four of her fellow bachelorettes in episode seven — and she didn’t hold back about feeling ‘ripped off’ by Locky in a post-elimination interview.
Self-described hopeless romantic Marg is feeling the pressure from her large Greek family to find a man and settle down — could Locky fit the bill? Sadly, Marg went home along with four of her fellow bachelorettes in episode seven.
PhD scholar and keen boxer Kristina tackled Locky head-on on the red carpet by throwing him into a chokehold. The bold move paid off, earning her roses in both episode one and three. Sadly, she didn’t get a rose in episode six.
Rosemary went out on a limb when she arrived at the mansion dressed as her favourite animal: a penguin. It certainly caught Locky’s eye, leading him to pick her for the first one-on-one chat of the season which was when the Brissie beauty peeling off her costume to reveal a dazzling black gown underneath.
Despite her promising start, Rosemary’s time on The Bachelor ended in episode six when Locky decided against giving her a rose.
Fiery redhead Zoe-Clare’s angry confrontation with fellow bachelorette Areeba brought some serious drama to the season premiere. After accusing Areeba of interrupting her chat with Locky, Zoe-Clare broke down in tears because she felt she was being targeted due to her ‘pale skin’ and red hair.
At the rose ceremony, host Osher announced that Zoe-Clare had ‘taken ill’ and would not be present, however, Locky had already given her a rose. After all that drama, Zoe-Clare’s Bachelor journey ended in episode five when she didn’t receive a rose.
She had some choice parting words for Locky, whispering, “Don’t be blindsided by the bullsh*t,” in his ear before walking out of the rose ceremony room.
Clare admits that when she applied for the show she didn’t think that she’d get through. Sadly, the admin assistant — and rumoured actor — was sent home in episode five.
Single mum Georgie was unlucky in love when it came to Locky who opted out of giving her a rose in episode three.
Even though her pooch Annie gave him ‘two paws up’ in episode one, Locky evidently didn’t feel a spark with Marlaina and she went home in episode three.
Leilani’s witty introduction to Locky — she gifted him a lei, which is also her nickname — was clearly not enough to keep her in the running, leaving her rose-less in episode three.
Model and makeup artist Paige barely had time to settle into the mansion in episode one before she was given the boot by Bachelor Locky.
Despite making an unforgettable arrival complete with Lebanese drummers and fireworks, entrepreneur Nadine didn’t receive a rose from Locky and went home in episode one.
The Bachelor Australia airs 7.30 Wednesday and Thursdays on Channel Ten.