She’s already the odds-on favourite to be the last woman standing, and after Thursday night’s episode of The Bachelor, some fans are convinced this year’s competition will go to Chelsie McLeod.
During her one-on-one date with Matt Agnew, the 28-year-old chemical engineer shared a very intimate pool kiss with our bachie after getting very floury during a baking session.
Some compared it to the infamous chocolate bath Richie Strahan shared with his season’s winner Alex Nation, while others just called it as they saw it.
“I'm sold... Matt & Chelsea forever,” one person wrote on Twitter, while another said, “It’s all over. Chelsie has just won the game” and a third wrote, “I believe Chelsie will win.”
It’s all over. Chelsie has just won the game. Reminds me of when Michael Clarke took 3 wickets in the last over at the SCG against India to steal a win. Thats all she wrote folks #TheBachelor #TheBachelorAU— Rowan Brookes (@RowanBoats9) August 15, 2019
Adding further fuel to the fire, Chelsie herself hinted this week that it was, “Just the beginning of Matt and I nerding out”.
So, who will win The Bachelor Australia 2019?
While we can’t actually know which of the bevy of beautiful bachelorettes our handsome hero picks until the final rose ceremony of the season, the bookies already have a clear favourite.
And you guessed it, Chelsie is the lucky lady tipped to receive Matt’s final rose, with Sportsbet putting her at $1.30 to win.
She’s followed by 23-year-old Abbie - who has crazy chemistry with Matt - at $3, then healthcare worker Elly - who nabbed the hometown date - at $6.
Francophile Helena, 25, is coming in fourth position at $8 ahead of Mandarin-speaker Kristen, 24, at $12.
Another sign Chelsie wins
Brittany Hockley, who along with Sophie Tieman was spurned by Nick Cummins on season six of The Bachelor Australia, recently dropped some major hints about how to pick the winner.
While chatting with close friend and fellow bachelorette Cass Wood on her YouTube channel, Brittany revealed that the ladies who don’t get much screen time at the beginning of the season are more likely to make it to the finale - which is very true for Chelsie.
"For me, because of the ending and where I came, they kept me quite hidden [in the edit] so I didn't have a lot to deal with in the first half [of the season],” she said.
"They sort of put you to the side a little bit because they don't want to show you too much, they don't want to give anything away,” she added.
Who is Matt Agnew?
The seventh Aussie Bachelor is a 31-year-old astrophysicist from Melbourne. Matt has a double degree in science and engineering, and he just finished his PhD which means he’s now Dr Agnew.
However, while he was working as an astrophysicist prior to filming the show, he’s since taken a career pivot and moved into a data scientist role.
After photos were taken of him outside of NAB, speculation was rife he had lied about his day job, but Matt has since said, “I started working with a data science consultancy called Quantium.”
“In the two months that I’ve worked for them, I think I’ve had two, maybe three meetings at one of the NAB offices and that was sufficient to create the story that apparently I’m a banker.”
Matt grew up in Adelaide and Perth along with his three siblings, and says he’s inspired by his mum and dad’s 30-year marriage.
As this year’s Bachelor, Matt is “really hoping to fall in love” on the show.
After three serious relationships - and being single for a year and a half - Matt is seeking a “genuine woman who enjoys having a laugh and doesn’t take herself too seriously.”
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