Former Bachelors share their advice for the show's three new stars

The Bachelor Australia is celebrating its tenth season this year with not one, but three leading men handing out roses in a world-first for the franchise.

With filming currently underway in the show’s new location on the Gold Coast, Yahoo Lifestyle spoke with a number of former Bachelors to share their advice and words of wisdom for basketballer Felix Von Hofe, drummer Jed McIntosh and restaurant manager Thomas Malucelli.

The Bachelor's Felix Von Hofe, Jed McIntosh, and Thomas Malucelli.
Season ten of The Bachelor will star three men: Felix Von Hofe, Jed McIntosh and Thomas Malucelli. Photo: Channel Ten

Matty J

Matty ‘J’ Johnson, who starred on The Bachelor in 2017 where he met his now-fiancée and mother of his two children, Laura Byrne, has five simple tips for this year’s leads.

1. Bring a pen and paper

“At the end of each cocktail party, write down everything you spoke about with each woman,” he says.

“It’s bloody tough to retain so much info so this will help for things to sink in. Also means you can have a quick re-read before the next cocktail party, so you'll avoid asking if someone misses their siblings when they're an only child (this may or may not have happened).”

The Bachelor's Matty J.
‘Follow your gut and trust that it's leading you down the right path.’ Photo: Channel Ten

2. Ignore the cheese board

“Even though it looks delicious, no one likes blue cheese breath kisses.”

3. Don't second guess yourself

“It can be easy to second guess your decisions early on when you're only spending a short period of time with each person - just follow your gut and trust that it's leading you down the right path!”


4. It’s a marathon, not a sprint

"You don't have to figure out all the answers on night one - there's plenty of time so be patient!

5. Wear socks

“I've realised that Australia hates non-sock wearing Bachelors so always wear socks with your shoes (little anklet socks don't count).”

The Bachelor's Sam Wood.
‘Be yourself and be there for the right reasons’. Photo: Channel Ten

Sam Wood

Sam Wood found love with his wife Snezana Markoski on season three of The Bachelor back in 2015, with the couple recently welcoming their fourth daughter.

The fitness trainer tells Yahoo Lifestyle that there are ultimately just two important tips to being the Bachelor: “Be yourself and be there for the right reasons.”

“If you’re not authentic, the girls and the audience will know,” he adds.

Locky Gilbert

Locky Gilbert fell in love with Irena Srbinovska on The Bachelor in 2020, and the pair recently shared that they've purchased their first home together.

The SAS Australia star, who competed on two seasons of Australian Survivor before handing out roses in the Bachelor mansion, says the best advice he can offer is to “just live in the moment.

“Don’t let outside distractions get to you and don’t read anything online,” he shares.

“Give everything to the girls and don’t hold anything back because it could end up being the best decision you will ever make. I have found my dream girl and we’re so happy, and I wish all three of them the very best.”

The Bachelor's Locky Gilbert.
‘Live in the moment, don’t let outside distractions get to you and don’t read anything online’. Photo: Channel Ten

Jimmy Nicholson

Jimmy Nicholson starred on season nine of The Bachelor and recently celebrated one year since he and his partner Holly Kingston professed their love for one another while filming the finale.

Speaking with Yahoo Lifestyle, the pilot offers five helpful tips to the upcoming stars on how to navigate the intense process.

1. Just be yourself

“I know it sounds really cliché, but you’ve been cast because they like you,” he says. “So just be honest and don't try and be someone else that's gone before you. Just be yourself and you'll be fine.”

2. Go in with an open mind.

“Be open to the process and be open to meeting different ladies that you haven't dated in the past and listen to what they have to say. You never know, you might actually fall for someone that's different to the people that you have been with in the past.”

The Bachelor's Jimmy Nicholson.
‘Be honest and don't try and be someone else that's gone before you.’ Photo: Channel Ten

3. Don't put too much pressure on yourself.

“If you don't meet the right person, you don't need to pick anyone. I know that the Honey Badger got dragged over the coals for it, but I respect him so much for doing that. Hopefully, you’ll meet someone awesome as I have, but if you don't, it doesn't matter. The stars really do have to align for it to all work, but it works and it has worked in the past.”

4. Throw yourself in there

“Don't have any regrets. And when it comes to the end of it with all the media and everything, just be honest with the general public because people will see right through it.”

5. Don’t read the comments

“People are going to love you and people are going to hate you. There are always going to be mixed reviews. But at the end of the day, hopefully, you're there because you want to meet someone and fall in love, and hopefully, it'll be a love story as well.”

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