It’s been revealed that Australia will make history once again within The Bachelor franchise by having two leading men handing out roses in the upcoming season.

It was revealed last night that basketballer Felix Von Hofe will be the next Bachelor, however, The Wash has just reported that he will be joined by fitness and life coach Thomas Malucelli.

“Channel 10 are really mixing things up this year and having two Bachelors at the same time! After The Wash exclusively revealed basketball pro Felix was fronting the series yesterday, we can now reveal he’ll be starring alongside Sydney-based fitness and life coach Thomas Malucelli. We’ve spotted both the guys filming dates at the same time this week,” the publication wrote in an Instagram post.

In 2020, The Bachelorette Australia featured two leading ladies for season six, sisters Elly Miles and Becky Miles. It was a world first – there had never been two leads cast in any season of the 37 international editions of The Bachelor. Although the season had record low ratings, with 681,000 metro viewers for the launch episode, the team has decided to use the same format for next season of The Bachelor.

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According to gossip podcast So Dramatic!, producers are pulling out all stops for the upcoming season. The host has revealed that contestants will actually plan their own one on one date to experience with the Bachelor – and that it can take place anywhere in Australia.

“One source tells So Dramatic! that there are no red carpet arrivals, slash meet and greets this season this year,” host Megan Pustetto said.

“Instead they are doing flash first dates…. The contestants will have an actual one on one date with the Bachelor before going into the mansion.

“The suitors get to decide on the date. where it will be and what they will be doing. Producers have been asking contestants who have gotten on the show to come up with a date idea themselves. They can choose to go anywhere in the country – wherever they like – and do whatever they like. Nothing is off-limits. They just asked that the date shows their personality off.”

Pustetto added, “It is a chance for them to show the Bachelor who they are and what they’re all about and to see if they have a genuine connection or chemistry together. So, they get to spend actual quality time together to see if they are a potential match and then they both have an option to pull out.

“The bachelor will say ‘do you want to come to the mansion?” and she can say ‘yes’ or ‘no’, and he can also choose to not invite her to the mansion if he’s not vibing her, either.”

Pustetto continued to share more juicy gossip about the upcoming season of the Bachelor, which is said to begin filming next week, revealing that one of the most popular dates from the US show will be introduced into the Australian version.

“My bestie is auditioning for Bachelor and has made it through to the next round,” a source told Pustetto. “Best news, apparently this year there will be fantasy suites.”

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