IF YOU tune in to The Bachelor for the cattiness, then you'll be surprised by its spin-off, The Bachelorette.
That's what its star Sam Frost, the heartbroken winner of last year's drama-filled season of The Bachelor, says.
"I personally find the bitching on The Bachelor quite tiring and disappointing. I'm all about women empowerment," Frost tells APN.
"I think viewers will enjoy the ride (on The Bachelorette); it's funny, fun, warm and it's real. In that environment (of a dating show) it's as real as it can possibly get."
After the traumatic experience of her public break-up and spat with Blake Garvey last year, Frost says going on The Bachelorette wasn't a decision she made quickly.
"There were a lot of factors. It took months of going back and forth, weighing up the pros and cons," she says.
"Most important was having that reassurance of my friends' and family's support. I also had that reassurance from Ten and Shine, letting me know they have searched for people specifically for me. They said, 'We would never want to put you in a position where it would end badly again'."
The new show sees 14 men vie for the affections of Frost. Aged 25 to 35, they range from a professional soccer player to a musician, an international model to a sparky.
That intangible spark is exactly what Frost was looking for in a suitor.
"On the night I wasn't sure what to expect, but I definitely felt strong chemistry with a few of them," she says.
"It's nice to know you have that initial spark with someone, but it's important to find out over time whether or not you can move past the physical attraction stage."
Wednesday's premiere will see some of the men make colourful entrances.
Queensland sleep technician Drew, for example, greeted Frost with a white owl perched on his arm.
"It was so funny; I loved it," she says.
"I was like, 'Is this your pet? Do you train owls?' I did say it's like a scene from Harry Potter. He just wanted to be quite memorable and to make an entrance, and he certainly did that."
Frost was happy to see the men engage in friendly competition for her attention.
"They try to outshine each other, but they're all mates," she says.
"It's like a football field; they're sledging each other but they do it in a very comedic way. I really want a guy who has a great sense of humour and can make me laugh."
The Bachelorette debuts on Wednesday at 7.30pm on Channel 10.
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