IT'S a case of second time lucky in love for Richie Strahan.
After nearly stealing the heart of Sam Frost in last year's inaugural season of The Bachelorette, the Perth hunk is back as Channel 10's fourth Bachelor.
The 31-year-old, an industrial rope technician by trade, says he has found love as the star of the popular dating show.
"I had one of the most unreal experiences of my life. I'm so happy and it's a terrific outcome," he tells The Guide.
"It sounds weird saying it was a happy ending for some reason (laughs) but it definitely was for me."
Viewers will have to tune in to find out who out of this year's 22 bachelorettes is his dream woman.
Strahan says he was unaware of the campaign for him to be the next Bachelor after he won over viewers with his antics on a 'growing old' date with Frost on The Bachelorette.
Make-up and prosthetics were used to transform the pair into senior citizens for a romantic evening of bingo and dancing at a bowls club.
"I didn't know about people saying I should be the Bachelor; I'm like a technology dinosaur. All this new technology and social media cut into my fishing time," Strahan says.
"There's more to me than an 80-year-old break dancer. Hopefully they're going to see a whole range of sides to me."
Strahan says it has taken time for him to get comfortable in front of the camera.
"Towards the end of the Bachelorette I had a better understanding of how everything worked and going on The Bachelor I owed it to the girls to be the guy who can handle it," he says.
"But my goodness the rose ceremonies are hard. I thought it was intense standing there waiting to get a rose, but being on the other side was one of the most intense experiences of my life that's for sure."
The Bachelor host Osher Gunsberg describes Strahan as a bloke you'd want to have over to your place for a barbecue.
"Throw him on a motorbike, get him on a power tool - he loves it. He built his house... he's a lot more successful than he plays out," Gunsberg says.
"What's really interesting is he hangs off oil rigs above the tempestuous Indian Ocean for a job, but stand him in a tux at the end of a driveway with a beautiful woman walking towards him and he craps himself."
The show's premiere, when Strahan will meet his 22 bachelorettes for the first time, is like Christmas come early for Gunsberg.
"I love when that first shoe hits the driveway... and this year is a cracker," he says.
"What I love about the show is people come together to watch it. If you're not with someone in the room then you're with someone on Twitter. It's a community experience."
Season four of The Bachelor Australia premieres on Wednesday at 7.30pm on Channel 10.
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