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The Bachelor 2022: Contestants ‘mad’ over a major change to the format

The new contestants on The Bachelor reportedly feel duped after being cast on the show but almost immediately sent home before getting a chance to settle in.

The tenth season of the Channel 10 dating show features a twist: the three leading men go on ‘blind dates’ with a series of women at the start of the season, then choose their favourites who get to enter the mansion.

Previous seasons have started with all the contestants in the mansion, where they get to spend at least a night getting to know the Bachelor.

The new contestants on The Bachelor feel duped after being cast on the show but sent home almost immediately before getting a chance to settle in. (Pictured: the three new Bachelors)

But this time around, a handful of women made it all the way through the casting process only to have a ‘five-minute date in a park’ with one of the suitors before being abruptly sent home.

‘To really mix things up, Felix, Jed and Thomas all went on a series of blind dates at the start of the season and chose which girls then make it onto the show. They were filming multiple dates a day, before then finally getting to the first cocktail party,’ a source told Yahoo Lifestyle. 

‘A lot of the girls are pretty mad about this and confused. When they were told they’d made it onto The Bachelor, they thought they’d be moving into the mansion and get plenty of airtime.

‘But in reality, half of them got a five-minute date in a park before being sent home.’ 

The tenth season of The Bachelor has a twist: the three leading men go on 'blind dates' with a series of women at the start of the season, then choose their favourites who get to enter the mansion. As a result, a handful of women made it all the way through the casting process only to have a 'five-minute date in a park' with one of the suitors before being abruptly sent home

The tenth season of The Bachelor has a twist: the three leading men go on ‘blind dates’ with a series of women at the start of the season, then choose their favourites who get to enter the mansion. As a result, a handful of women made it all the way through the casting process only to have a ‘five-minute date in a park’ with one of the suitors before being abruptly sent home

This year’s season of The Bachelor Australia is getting a major make-over.

In addition to having three suitors instead of one, the producers of the Channel 10 dating show have also dropped the show’s famous red carpet introductions.

In most seasons of The Bachelor around the world, it’s traditional for the women to step out of a limousine, walk down a red carpet and introduce themselves to the suitor on the first night.

But this has been ditched for the news season and viewers won’t get to see the contestants arrive one by one, reports TV Tonight.

Channel 10 executive Daniel Monaghan said there will still be footage of the women arriving at the mansion, but wouldn’t provide any details about their entrances.

Mr Monaghan, the content boss for 10’s parent company Paramount ANZ, said viewers can expect the early episodes to be ‘different to what we have done before’.

The tenth season of The Bachelor Australia has already made headlines for tweaking the franchise’s well-established format.

In most seasons of The Bachelor around the world, it's traditional for the women to step out of a limousine, walk down a red carpet and introduce themselves to the suitor on the first night. However, this has been ditched for the news season and fans won't get to see the contestants arrive one by one, Channel 10 executive Daniel Monaghan (pictured) told TV Tonight

In most seasons of The Bachelor around the world, it’s traditional for the women to step out of a limousine, walk down a red carpet and introduce themselves to the suitor on the first night. However, this has been ditched for the news season and fans won’t get to see the contestants arrive one by one, Channel 10 executive Daniel Monaghan (pictured) told TV Tonight

The 2022 iteration has been rebranded ‘The Bachelors’ due to having three leading men instead of one. 

Mr Monaghan did stress, however, that certain traditions like the regular cocktail parties have survived the make-over.

‘It’s just that now there are three men and a lot more women at that cocktail party,’ he added. 

The Bachelor is also being filmed on the Gold Coast instead of Sydney for the first time in the show’s history.

Osher Günsberg (pictured) will be returning to host the new season of The Bachelor

Osher Günsberg (pictured) will be returning to host the new season of The Bachelor

It’s unclear whether the three suitors, Jed McIntosh, Felix Von Hofe and Thomas Malucelli, are living in the same waterfront home with the contestants.

The $14.5million two-storey mansion, located in Broadbeach Waters, includes four large bedrooms, five bathrooms, a gym and outdoor pool.

It comes after another Channel 10 executive defended casting three white suitors for the new season, insisting the full cast will include several diverse contestants.

The new season has already faced criticism from franchise veterans Angie Kent and Abbie Chatfield (pictured), who say the line-up isn't inclusive enough

The new season has already faced criticism from franchise veterans Angie Kent and Abbie Chatfield (pictured), who say the line-up isn’t inclusive enough 

The show has already faced criticism from franchise veterans Angie Kent and Abbie Chatfield, who say the line-up isn’t inclusive enough.

Beverley McGarvey, the Executive Vice President of Paramount Australia, told TV Tonight that while the Bachelors themselves are all white, the women vying for their hearts will be representative of Australia’s diverse population.

‘This year, we were trying to do something different with The Bachelor, even just in terms of the age range,’ Ms McGarvey said.

‘[That] allows us to cast different types of women as well.’

Ex-Bachelorette Angie Kent (pictured) complained about the casting of three 'cisgender heterosexual men' for the show's tenth season, which is being filmed on the Gold Coast

Ex-Bachelorette Angie Kent (pictured) complained about the casting of three ‘cisgender heterosexual men’ for the show’s tenth season, which is being filmed on the Gold Coast

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