The Bachelor Australia’s most shocking secrets are exposed

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Being a contestant on The Bachelor may seem like a fairytale – but producers and former contestants say otherwise.

Multiple sources have told Daily Mail Australia that the Channel 10 dating show isn’t half as glamorous as it appears on TV.

One insider said that this year’s season was ‘a f**king punish’ for the production team at Warner Bros. because the cast wasn’t up to scratch.

It ain't easy! Being a contestant on The Bachelor may seem like a fairytale - but producers and former contestants say otherwise. Pictured: Locklan 'Locky' Gilbert

It ain’t easy! Being a contestant on The Bachelor may seem like a fairytale – but producers and former contestants say otherwise. Pictured: Locklan ‘Locky’ Gilbert 

‘Producers couldn’t stand most of the girls,’ the source said.

‘They just wanted to be on the show to become famous. Some were fame hungry, some had dreams to become actors, and others were there for clout.’

Producers apparently worked overtime to convince Locky Gilbert to keep the few entertaining and engaging women in the mansion for as long as possible.

The 'reality' of reality TV: Multiple sources claim the Channel 10 dating show isn't half as glamorous as it appears on television. Pictured: a Bachelor rose ceremony

The ‘reality’ of reality TV: Multiple sources claim the Channel 10 dating show isn’t half as glamorous as it appears on television. Pictured: a Bachelor rose ceremony

They were banking on Areeba Emmanuel being the main villain, but after she was sent home they tried to groom Juliette Herrera to replace her.

‘They wanted Juliette to be the new villain, but she was too nice! Instead of being bossy, she was the one getting pushed around,’ the insider said.

Another source alleged that many of the producers started to ‘hate their jobs’ after hearing rumours that Locky already knew contestant Bella Varelis before the show.

The crew apparently felt this made the competition unfair – although Locky has denied having any sort of pre-existing relationship with Bella.

Don't boot the villains! Producers apparently worked overtime to convince Locky Gilbert to keep the few entertaining and engaging women in the mansion for as long as possible

Don’t boot the villains! Producers apparently worked overtime to convince Locky Gilbert to keep the few entertaining and engaging women in the mansion for as long as possible 

Producers ‘control everything’

Nadine Kodsi, who was eliminated at the first rose ceremony, previously told Daily Mail Australia the show was ‘rigged’ and that Locky was just a ‘puppet’ being controlled by the producers.

She also alleged that he received instructions via an earpiece; however, this is not uncommon for reality shows like The Bachelor.

Many contestants are recruited via social media instead of applying 

Daily Mail Australia understands that online applications are only one part of the casting process, and that social media and ‘street’ casting are also widely used. 

Rigged? Another source alleged that many of the producers started to 'hate their jobs' after hearing rumours that Locky already knew contestant Bella Varelis (left) before the show

Rigged? Another source alleged that many of the producers started to ‘hate their jobs’ after hearing rumours that Locky already knew contestant Bella Varelis (left) before the show

Contestants are ‘discovered’ at restaurants, nightclubs and bars, with Coogee Pavilion in Sydney being considered a hotspot for talent scouts.

The women are usually approached by casting producers, before agreeing to meet for coffee. It’s not until later that the formal auditions and background checks begin.

Others are simply messaged via social media, with contestant Kristina Abramoff saying: ‘I was approached by Instagram DMs to come to the audition.’

Different methods: Daily Mail Australia understands that online applications are only one part of the casting process, and that social media and 'street' casting are also widely used. For example, Kristina Abramoff 'was approached by Instagram DM to come to the audition'

Different methods: Daily Mail Australia understands that online applications are only one part of the casting process, and that social media and ‘street’ casting are also widely used. For example, Kristina Abramoff ‘was approached by Instagram DM to come to the audition’

Hectic filming schedules

The first cocktail party is filmed over several nights for as long as 12 hours at a time. 

Some of the women end up getting drunk simply out of boredom and find themselves saying things they regret on camera.

One contestant, rumoured to be Zoe-Clare McDonald, actually passed out before the rose ceremony was filmed.

Long hours: The first cocktail party is filmed over several nights for as long as 12 hours at a time

Long hours: The first cocktail party is filmed over several nights for as long as 12 hours at a time

Secret hiding places in the mansion

Carlin Sterritt, who won last year’s season of The Bachelorette, recently said there were a few places in the mansion that were hidden from the cameras.

‘There’s the orchard, the secret place you can go to for chats and stuff… Angie and I kissed [there] at so many cocktail parties,’ he said. ‘But obviously they didn’t show it.’

He claimed that Locky would most likely be doing the same thing.

‘If you’re wondering, yes, Locky is macking on with many girls at the cocktail parties. It’s happening. 100 per cent,’ he said.

Hiding spots: Carlin Sterritt, who won last year's season of The Bachelorette, recently said there were a few places in the mansion that were hidden from cameras

Hiding spots: Carlin Sterritt, who won last year’s season of The Bachelorette, recently said there were a few places in the mansion that were hidden from cameras

Social media ban 

The contestants on The Bachelor are not allowed to use Instagram, Facebook or Twitter until they have been sent home.

Their social media activity is then carefully monitored by Channel 10 and Warner Bros. until their elimination has aired on television.

If the women share unsanctioned content, they face potential legal consequences.

Banned: The contestants on The Bachelor are not allowed to use Instagram, Facebook or Twitter until they have been sent home

Banned: The contestants on The Bachelor are not allowed to use Instagram, Facebook or Twitter until they have been sent home 

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