Fans have been tentatively waiting for the premiere of The Bachelor 2020, starring Locky Gilbert, and now we finally have a date!
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In a post on the official Bachelor Instagram page, it was revealed that the premiere is a few short weeks away.
"Ladies and gentlemen, get your roses ready! We'll see you 7.30 Wednesday, August 12," the caption read.
It was reported earlier this month that the hit dating show was set to air in August after season three of Bachelor in Paradise. After being halted due to coronavirus, filming officially resumed recently, with a cocktail party and rose ceremony filmed at the Bachelor mansion at the end of June.
Head of entertainment for Ten, Stephen Tate, says the season, starring former Survivor contestant Locky, was suspended in March due to coronavirus restrictions.
“We were… three-quarters of the way through series when we went into lockdown, and basically all the cast returned home,” he told The Australian.
“So we would find ways for the show to continue in the same way that dating continues in the wider world… We call it love in lockdown. They continued to virtually date, both as single dates and as group dates.”
However, the show is set to look a little different to previous seasons, as there have been measures taken to ensure the cast and crew remain in good health. These include temperature checks twice a day, daily QR code sign-in and out requirements and restricted access to certain areas.
Mark your calendars- The Bachelor kicks off on August 12!
Brisbane radio host Matty Acton gave his co-hosts some insider information about the Zoom dates, after his neighbour spied a girl on a virtual date with a camera crew around her.
"This date in classic Bachelor style involved dress-up. Apparently all the girls had to wear onesies," he revealed on breakfast show Stav, Abbey andMatt.
What's more, the girl Matt's neighbour saw was asked to don a dog onesie and perform dog tricks and when the laptop closed, she turned on the producers, saying how embarrassing it was.
Prepare for plenty of Zoom dates.
Before social distancing rules came into place, an anonymous source told Sunday Confidential that Bachelor Locky had already hooked up with a fair few of the contestants.
According to the juicy report, the professional adventure guide had to be given a “talking to” by producers, who suggested he think about toning it down a bit.
“No one is shocked by Locky being so keen,” the source told the publication.
“No one is shocked by Locky being so keen.”
Locky was announced as the Bachelor in March this year, shortly after his stint on Survivor All Stars.
"There’s no denying I’ve had some incredible, heart-stopping experiences for both work and fun, but this takes the cake," he wrote in his Instagram caption, alongside a press picture of himself dressed in a suit holding a rose.
"Pack your bags Australia, I am beyond excited to be announced as this year’s Bachelor and cannot wait to share this epic romantic adventure with you all."