Eliminated bachelorette Marja Jacobsen in a scene from The Bachelor.
Eliminated bachelorette Marja Jacobsen in a scene from The Bachelor. Channel 10

Outgoing bachelorettes defend The Bachelor's 'wicked witch'

KEIRA Maguire was at the centre of more drama on The Bachelor tonight.

Jokingly branded more of a "wicked witch" than a princess after winning a Cinderella-style evening with the show's star Richie Strahan, Ms Maguire accused fellow bachelorette Eliza of killing her mood after her romantic date.

But yoga instructor Marja Jacobsen, who went home after not receiving a rose at the end of tonight's episode, says there's a softer side to the supposed dating show villain.

"What you see is what you get with her," Ms Jacobsen told APN.

"But she's also a really cool chick. She used to wake up and say 'would you like me to cook you breakfast?'

"As the season goes on I think people will like her more. She is who she is. I think she's hilarious."

Sophie Edwards, who was also sent home tonight, said she respected Ms Maguire for being a straight shooter.

Eliminated bachelorette Sophie Edwards in a scene from The Bachelor.
Eliminated bachelorette Sophie Edwards in a scene from The Bachelor. Channel 10

"Keira is exactly how she is whether the cameras are on or off," she said.

"She does say a lot of the things we were all thinking and I respect her for speaking her mind."

Both outgoing bachelorettes rubbished claims that living in the show's mansion was like a "prison camp".

"I didn't feel restricted. You had space to do your own thing," Ms Edwards said.

"Emotions were high because we all wanted to spend time with Richie. There was nothing wrong with living in the mansion."

Ms Jacobsen agreed, saying she knew what she was signing up for when she auditioned for the show.

The yoga instructor said she wasn't surprised by her elimination.

The final 12 bachelorettes pictured with Richie Strahan in a scene from The Bachelor.
The final 12 bachelorettes pictured with Richie Strahan in a scene from The Bachelor. Channel 10

"There was no real chemistry there and as time went on it became more and more apparent that we were more friends," she said.

Ms Edwards, though, said she had hoped for more time with Strahan. While the show didn't reveal she is a single mum after adopting her nephew Jackson, she said she did reveal the news to the Bachelor.

"Richie and I had a chat about the situation," she said.

"So he was aware that I am an instant mum, so to speak. Obviously it was hard being away from him (Jackson) and I was missing home terribly.

"It doesn't matter to me that hasn't been shown (on air)."

The Bachelor continues on Wednesday at 7.30pm on Channel 10.


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