New star of The Bachelor unveiled


Australian Survivor cast member Locklan "Locky" Gilbert has been announced as the next star of Network Ten's The Bachelor.

The 30-year-old adventure guide, who is an experienced cave diver, base jumper, mountaineer and athlete, accepted the opportunity because he "really want(s) to find love", he said.

"I'm pretty content with my life at the moment. I go on these crazy adventures, but I'd love someone to share the memories with.

Locky Gilbert has been announced as the 2020 Bachelor. Picture: Channel 10. Source:Channel 10
Locky Gilbert has been announced as the 2020 Bachelor. Picture: Channel 10. Source:Channel 10

"I've got best friends, but I want to find that one best friend that I can spend the rest of my life with. This is an amazing opportunity to hopefully find someone special at the end."

Gilbert said he was a hopeless romantic who wears his heart on his sleeve who is looking for a driven and outdoorsy woman with a wicked sense of adventure.

While the announcement seems early this year - given last year it was announced in June - filming has actually already begun.

And it seems Gilbert has another connection to reality TV, with his long term ex-girlfriend, Jordan Cayless, appearing on the recent season of Love Island Australia.

Last year's Bachelor, Matt Agnew, split with winning contestant Chelsie McLeod weeks after the finale aired.

Agnew said the six month'safter filming ended had been a "very unique experience" and their relationship didn't "translate" into the outside world.

"Chels and I have made some beautiful memories together that I'll always cherish, and I wish her nothing but the absolute best," he wrote.

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"However, it's with a heavy heart that I write this. For Chels and me, our relationship hasn't translated from filming to the real, every day world as we had hoped."

He described McLeod as a "very special woman" and hoped she would find the "happiness she deserves".

The astrophysicist added that there was no other romantic interest in his life at the moment.

"For those who may wonder if there's someone else for me right now, there absolutely is not," he said.

"It's no one's fault, it's just life."