The Bachelor is back…with one surprising twist

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Get your roses ready, The Bachelor is officially back for a new season in 2024 – but with a twist of course!

Following rumours the season would not be renewed after low ratings during this year’s The Bachelors, it looks like the iconic dating show is going back to its routes and looking for love in a slightly older demographic.

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Channel Ten has officially begun pre-production of The Bachelor, season eleven, and the casting call has given us a pretty big clue about what the new season will entail. 

The application explains that the network is looking for single women and men between the ages of 21-50. 

Previously, the show’s age limit was 40, and fans are now suspecting the next season may be focused on older contestants since they increased the age limitations. 

The Bachelor Australia franchise will also be filming the series in Victoria for the first time ever, so expect some stunning date locations. 

“The relationship between The Bachelor Australia franchise and our audience is no different, and taking this love story to Melbourne builds on the world-first season we have just seen, allowing us to take Australia’s most romantic dating show to places it has never been before,” explained host, Osher Günsberg.

“Filming The Bachelor Australia franchise in Melbourne gives us the perfect backdrop for love to blossom; a beautiful, sophisticated city filled with incredible restaurants, secret sexy bars, art galleries, live music, the list goes on. This season will highlight all that this incredible city has to offer for the most romantic series yet,” added Caroline Swift, the head of Entertainment, Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia. 

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The Bachelor will be back for another season. (Credit: Ten)

Whilst it may be the first time the franchise is heading to Victoria, it’s not the first time the show has changed its age restrictions – before Matty J’s season of The Bachelor in 2017, producers had a cut-off age of 35. 

The Australian franchise of the global series may be following in the footsteps of their American counterparts, who have hinted towards a new expansion to the franchise. 

US Bachelor is rumoured to be looking for seniors to join their new series, which is rumoured to be called The Golden Bachelor

In 2020 the American ABC posted a casting call that read; “Now casting seniors looking for love,” however the pandemic put a halt on any further news. 

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The iconic series has seen some spectacular love stories. (Credit: Instagram)

“Some of the casting interviews we got, they were just so touching,” explained Rob Mills, the ABC’s top unscripted executive in an interview with Variety.

“It’s such a different way of doing The Bachelor because these people are just at a totally different place in their lives.”

“There is an interesting thing about people who have hit the other end of the spectrum, who’ve lived their lives, they’ve raised their kids, some have been widowed or divorced and maybe some have never been in love. We thought that would be an interesting dynamic through the Bachelor prism.”

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Would you join the next season? (Credit: Instagram)

Although there’s no word yet on what the next season of the Aussie Bachelor will be about and if they are indeed focusing on an older demographic, we can at least confirm that the show will be returning

If you’re interested in applying for a shot at finding love on our TV screens, you can apply here.

But be warned, the process is quite extensive; and requires you to provide an in-depth look at your relationship history, employment, social media, what you are looking for in a partner and a whole lot more…. but it’s a small price to pay in the search for love!

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