Romancing the bloke: get to know The Bachelor Blake Garvey
ONE Queensland woman has been the defining force in shaping Channel 10's hunky new Bachelor, Blake Garvey.
The 31-year-old credits his morals and respect for women to the most important woman in his life: mum.
The tall, dark and handsome Perth real estate auctioneer is all class, says The Bachelor's host, Osher Gunsberg.
"He's been raised by his mum and he has this really beautiful empathy and kindness about him, while at the same time being big and masculine," Gunsberg told APN.
"He's a very respectful guy. He plays everything like an absolute gentleman. It's nice to see men like this exist."
Garvey said his mum, from the Brisbane suburb of Kedron, was surprised when he told her he was going on the reality dating show.
"I don't think she believed me for a while," Garvey laughed.
"She said, 'Well, just have fun, but be respectful and remember their mums and dads will be watching as well'.
"She said, 'Just be yourself and be honest with the girls and be fair'. She's stoked for me. She's so loving and supportive."
The show sees a bevy of "bachelorettes" compete for the affections of Garvey. He met the beauties at a lavish cocktail party in the show's debut on Wednesday and after just three hours of mingling, he had to send a handful of ladies home in the show's signature rose ceremony.
He then had to send two more women home on Thursday after a steamy wedding-themed photo shoot.
"When I don't give a rose, it's because I don't see my future with that particular person, but that doesn't mean I don't think that person is absolutely amazing," he said.
"Whoever I'm not giving a rose to that week will make a guy in their state very, very happy."
He described the introductory cocktail party as "crazy".
"It's definitely a different experience. I'm not used to this whatsoever. I don't do TV or anything," he said.
"It was such a crazy night - I mean, 24 girls. Even three hours is such a short amount of time to really get to know someone. The girls who are in this series are just incredible. The talent scouts are all on my Christmas cards list. They're driven, funny, absolute characters, they've got great personalities, and it doesn't hurt they all look gorgeous."
Garvey hopes to meet the love of his life through the show, and conquer one of his fears along the way.
"I'm someone who traditionally has a bit of a fear of heights," he said.
"It's about challenging yourself and getting out of your comfort zone. We're wearing our hearts on our sleeves; you can't be guarded in this experience."
The Bachelor Australia airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on Channel 10.