Bachelor Australia
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Bachelorette Andi Dorfman has ended her quest to find love. Bachelor Juan Pablo wasn’t exactly the kind of guy America could root for. Therefore, it’s understandable that some viewers are looking beyond American borders to find a Bachelor love story worth watching. And as the age-old saying goes: When in doubt, always go down under.

Just last week, The Bachelor Australia launched its second season—featuring Blake Garvey, a very large, very charming man just starting his rose-filled journey. Almost immediately, the show started trending on Twitter, with folks across the globe latching onto the idea of watching tan, accented individuals fall in lust love. Based on America’s sudden interest in both Garvey and the show, we decided to get our hands on the first episode to see what all the fuss was about. Spoiler: The fuss is about sexy people, sexy accents, and a very intriguing (arguably sexy) white rose, plus a few more twists. Such as:

A non-white Bachelor. Juan Pablo Galavis was the first non-white Bachelor in the American franchise’s 12-year history. Not surprisingly, Australia isn’t nearly as hung up on the subject as Americans seem to be. The Australian-born Garvey’s dad is black, his mom is white.

Better job titles (maybe). Bachelor Australia does not have our super-ridiculous job titles, though the descriptors they use will still sound funny to most of us. Example: Holly, the pro netballer.

Height. Everyone is taller. Everyone.

Longer arrivals. First of all, Garvey only gets to choose from 24 women, as opposed to the U.S. version’s 25 (or sometimes 30). Another change: The limo doesn’t pull up right next to Garvey. Instead, the women are asked to walk down a long path. How long? One woman got lost.

More sparkles. In Australia, a dress isn’t cocktail-ready unless at least 20 percent of it is covered in sparkles. Also, a Princess Di reference is as normal as breathing.

Awkward introductions. Don’t worry, Bachelor fans—no matter what country we’re in, there will always be incredibly awkward introductions. Proof: The woman who’s so in love with Disney that she wears a tiara to meet Garvey. And because she wasn’t raised by wolves, she obviously brings him a crown as well.

Cheesy toasts. You can’t have a love story without a large number of clinking glasses and cheesy toasts. However, in Australia, the champagne glasses are red. In fact, the entire house is delightfully gaudy: It appears to have been built solely for this show, with stage lighting visible around every corner and decorations that look straight out of Barbie’s Dreamhouse. (One downside: Chris Harrison is replaced by some lanky gentleman who needs a lesson in swagger.)

The crazy contestant. Of course this show still fits in a crazy contestant. In this case, it’s Anita, the dog groomer/stalker.

Nicer women. All in all, the Australian women seem to be nicer to one another, sitting on laps and chatting. That being said, there’s still the occasional “at the end of the day, this is a competition.” Even when they interrupt one another to steal Garvey away, though, it’s fun—because they ask to have “a bit of a chat.”

Phrasing. Instead of saying he likes someone, Garvey says he’s “keen” on someone. Adorable.

What’s a white rose? In Australia, the Bachelor has one white rose that he hands out to the woman he connects with the most. In doing that, she is secured through two rose ceremonies. Two. Can you imagine with Tierra would’ve done if a white rose had been in the game during Sean’s season?

No awkward table of portraits. When the Bachelor goes to make his decisions before the rose ceremony, he is not greeted by a table full of the women’s portraits. Instead, he swipes through their photos on an iPod, zooming in and out as he pleases.

The rose ceremony. For one thing, the women are stacked higher in Australia, standing closer together in three rows on stairs (as if they weren’t tall enough). Then, when they get a rose, they relocate to the side of the room where all the “winners” stand.

More kisses on the cheek. Welcome to Australia.

I miss Chris. Nobody says “Ladies, this is the final rose tonight.” So, like, how are they supposed to know that it’s the final rose tonight?

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ABC's "The Bachelor" - Season 22
The Bachelor

This romantic reality competition series follows a gaggle of women vying for the Bachelor’s heart — and a wedding proposal. Will you accept this rose?

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