The Bachelor Australia: Biggest shocks and scandals of all time

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The Bachelor is all about finding love but not everyone gets their happily ever after. In fact, there have been a number of jaw-dropping, scream at the screen moments that make us wonder just what the person was thinking.

Whether it is dirty secrets from their past, bad behaviour on screen or shocking reveals after it is all over, these are the moments that still have us talking.

Here we count down the top 6 most shocking moments of all time:

6. Discovering some contestants were really actors

Locky Gilbert's season of The Bachelor
It was soon discovered that some of the women that appeared on The Bachelor had acting profiles. Photo: Instagram/@thebachelorau

Since the beginning of the franchise, there have always been queries about whether Bachelor contestants have been hired to take part in the show and act a certain role - especially that of the villain. 

Each year it is revealed that a number of the girls have tv, extra work and commercials on their resumes. In Blake's season, it was found that four of the women had all dabbled in acting. 

And up to five contestants in Locky Gibert's series of The Bachelor alone were said to be actresses, all having profiles to get work in the industry.

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5. Sam and Bec's awkward red carpet introduction

Bec Chin and Sam Wood meeting on The Bachelor 2015. Photo: Channel 10
Bec Chin and Sam Wood meeting on The Bachelor 2015. Photo: Channel 10

It was obvious when Bec Chin walked onto the set on season three's The Bachelor, that she recognised Sam Wood. When photographic proof of the pair together in Bali showed up they both denied anything had happened. 

"Look, Sam and I definitely didn’t date," she insistently told news.com.au.

"We saw each other once, crossed paths once and there was no passionate kissing and cuddling into the night or whatever it was." 

4 Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon becoming a couple

Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon
Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon became a couple. Photo: Instagram/Tiffany Scanlon

While Richie Strahan appeared to have a tough time bonding with the ladies on his season of The Bachelor others seemed to find love in the mansion. 

After dramatically declining Richie's rose, Megan Marx revealed she'd found love on the show - with fellow bachelorette Tiffany Scanlon. 

"From that first cocktail party, it was like this instant calibration between souls, as if we had known each other once before," she wrote on Instagram

"Friendship ripened into something bolder, trust in a very strange situation was formed, and now every adventure we have rivals the other - and continues to make plans for itself." 

Unfortunately for the pair, the love didn't last.

3. Locky telling both contestants he loved them

Locky told both Irena and Bella that he loved them Photo: Instagram/@TheBachelorAU
Locky told both Irena and Bella that he loved them Photo: Instagram/@TheBachelorAU

We've seen a number of twists before on The Bachelor, especially when it gets down to the pointy end, but no one predicted this cliffhanger. Rather than choose just one of the two finalists, Locky told both Irena and Bella that he loved them and that they'd stolen his heart. 

Confused? So were they. With both believing they'd won, it was all the more heartbreaking for runner-up Bella when Locky admitted he'd chosen Irena. "I just don't get it. Yesterday, you told me you were in love with me" Bella said in shock. He revealed he did love Bella, but obviously, he loved Irena more...

2. The Honey Badger choosing no one

Sophie and Brittany were left shocked when Bachelor Nick Cummins chose neither of them Photo: Network 10
Sophie and Brittany were left shocked when Bachelor Nick Cummins chose neither of them Photo: Network 10

He was a celebrity and a former Australian rugby union player so it's no wonder the girls were lining up to get Nick Cummins attention. Affectionately known as The Honey Badger, Nick went into the show and shockingly also came out of the show a single man. 

While he admitted he had grown as a person throughout the show, clearly it wasn't enough to be ready to settle down just yet. He scuttled off to walk the Kokoda trail after the finale, leaving finalists Sophie and Brittany to face questions about the season-ending. However, perhaps he was being kind by not leading either girl on for the sake of TV. 

"What’s more important, me just saying ‘yes’ and going through the motions and dragging some girl through all this media about how we’re in love and then three months down the track after the contract’s over, um, we’re allowed to break up," he revealed to ABC Radio National when he got back from his trip. 

"I’m not going to drag them through that rubbish and break her heart. Bugger that."

1. Blake dumping winner Sam for Louise 

Blake Garvey and Louise Pillidge ran off into the sunset hand-in-hand after he had proposed to Sam! Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images
Blake Garvey and Louise Pillidge ran off into the sunset hand-in-hand after he had proposed to Sam! Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

It seemed like a fairy tale ending to season two of The Bachelor with Blake Garvey proposing to Sam Frost.

A million viewers watched as Blake got down on one knee with a $58,000 ring to ask Sam to marry him. However, the morning after the show's finale airing, hearts were broken. "Network Ten can confirm that Blake and Sam have sadly ended their engagement," the press statement read. 

But that was just the beginning. With Sam and runner up Lisa Hyde suddenly unfollowing third-placed Louise Pillidge on the socials, the rumours were rife. Blake had changed his mind and decided Louise was the girl for him. 

He told Woman's Day he wrote a love letter to her confessing he believed they had: "something truly special"."My one wish is that I don't want to just be your first love, I want to be your first, last and only," he wrote in the letter. 

That won Louise over and she was soon pleading with the Aussie public to give Blake a break. 

"Australia needs to forgive him. Before this, everyone saw him as a kind, honest, loving man and that hasn't changed. He never said anything bad about Sam. He ended something he knew wasn't right to be respectful," she said. 

After 18 months together Blake and Louise decided they weren't right together and also went their separate ways.

The Bachelor Australia. Premieres Wednesday, 21 July On 10 And 10 Play On Demand

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