The Bachelor Richie Strahan with host Osher Gunsberg.
The Bachelor Richie Strahan with host Osher Gunsberg.

Australia's best Bachelor yet

I'M going to just put it out there - I think Richie Strahan is Australia's best Bachelor yet.

That might not mean much to you if you don't watch the reality dating show, or consider it vapid viewing, but with more than 1.65 million Aussies (peak audience) tuning in to Wednesday's season four premiere, The Bachelor has become a significant part of our pop culture landscape.

The Perth hunk is obviously a reality TV catch; he's handsome and comes with a built-in back story thanks to his final three finish on The Bachelorette last year.

Most Bachelor viewers would agree "love rat" Blake Garvey was a bit of a disaster; inaugural Bachelor Tim Robards had a topless waiter vibe and last year's star Sam Woods was a bit, well, dull.

Strahan's sense of humour and interest in the outdoors and motorsport makes him more dynamic on screen.

But what sets the 30-year-old apart from the previous "Bachies" is that he appears to be a nice guy with a reasonable sensitivity to the bizarre, and often awkward, situation he and his bachelorettes have signed themselves up for.

He was thrown some serious curve balls on Wednesday night, from an overly enthusiastic children's entertainer already declaring him her prince charming to an out-of-tune love song and even one bachelorette who swore like a sailor.

Sure it's in Strahan's best interest not to look like a jerk on national television, but he appeared to have a warm, kind response to all of the women's quirks and clumsy attempts at seduction.

The fact he didn't baulk at the news one woman, Alex, had a five-year-old son also wins him points in my books.

Plus another telling sign is when the crew talk highly of the on-air talent. During a set visit to the new Bachelor mansion, it was evident to me the show's crew, producers and host Osher Gunsberg genuinely liked him.

There appears to be quite the bromance between the pair, with Gunsberg praising Strahan for his humble nature and close-knit family.

Yes, the concept of finding love on a reality dating show amongst 22 total strangers is preposterous, but if we are going to have a man wooing women on national tellie (in front of a wide range of viewers) then at least it should be someone who treads as carefully and respectfully as he can within the constraints of the reality TV format.

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