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With The Bachelor over for another year, we have a heart-shaped hole in our viewing schedule that we can't wait to be filled. Luckily The Bachelorette is coming to Channel 10 very soon. And this year, it is a little bit different.
Here we take a look at the who, what, when, where and why of the 2021 season of The Bachelorette.
Brooke Blurton is this year's Bachelorette, and you may recognise her as she was one of the contestants in Nick Cummins' season of The Bachelor. The Indigenous youth worker from Western Australia is a proud Noongar-Yamatji woman, and while she may seem like every other reality star before her looking for love, Brooke, 26, is a real role model for young women and her community.
"My biggest passion in life is mental health, from working and growing up with a lot of drug and alcohol violence in my childhood really," Brooke told SBS' Noongar Dandjoo.
"I have such a huge platform … I don’t always want to be known for being on The Bachelor or being that girl that went on the show," Brooke told the National Indigenous Times.
But she is also keen to find that special person who shares her passion, values and drive to continue to grow and thrive with.
What is Brooke being paid to take part in the show? Channel 10 must be confident in Brooke as their new Bachelorette, and we can see why, as sources have told Perth Now that she is reportedly being paid around $250,000 to take part in the show.
So how does that compare to past Bachelorette and Bachelors? Well according to Pedestrian, she's getting more than Matty J did when he appeared as The Bachelor for around $200,000 but less than Sophie Monk who's believed to have got around $300,000 for being The Bachelorette.
So when can we cuddle up on the sofa to watch all this play out? There hasn't been an official launch date for The Bachelorette yet but we do know it's coming soon. Follow Channel 10's Bachelorette insta account to be the first to know when the premiere date is announced!
Where did they film the show? Filming took place in Sydney at a beautiful heritage-listed semi-rural property on the outskirts of the city in Dural. It is the same French chateau-style mansion that they used for this year's The Bachelor.
And according to the casting notes for the show, filming was due to start in mid-June and about take up to 12 weeks to complete – meaning that filming is finished.
While the city did go into lockdown during this time, many productions around the city were green-lighted to continue with strict Covid protocols in place.
Why are the men and women vying for her heart? Brooke is the first openly bisexual contestant ever to have appeared as the Bachelor or Bachelorette.
"I've had four relationships... one with a guy but I've also had two relationships with women," she told Nick Cummins on The Bachelor in 2018. "When I was in those relationships, I looked beyond what they were as female and I really loved [them] for who they were as people."
But she is also aware that it may be difficult for The Bachelorette's traditional audience to get their heads around. "I am not too sure if Australia is ready for it. I certainly am," she told Studio 10. "If it makes people feel uncomfortable in any way, I really challenge them to think about why it does."
Studio 10's Sarah Harris also asked how she'd feel if two of the contestants fell for each other instead of her while living in the mansion together. "If it happens, who am I to stop it?" Brooke answered. "I think it's one of those things... it could be inevitable to happen and that's totally fine."
Watch The Bachelorette is coming soon to 10 and 10 Play on Demand.
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