LAST time a contestant on The Bachelorette walked in with an animal he won the heart of Georgia Love – so if history has anything to do with the outcome South Perth resident Dan Hobley has it in the bag.
The 32-year-old, whose promos show him exiting the limo with a lamb (an ode to his farming background), hopes the cute introduction will woo Bachelorette Ali Oetjen.
Hobley described himself as an “enthusiastic sports reporter” and said he decided to take a chance at love on the show after finding it difficult to find someone in the real and online world.
“Yeah it is honestly really hard out there,” he said.
“We’re living in a situation where the world’s gone mad with online dating and I think everyone is chasing perfection and while it’s not something I’m chasing, I think everyone is so fussy to be totally honest with you.
“We are getting to the stage where good people like myself and many others around the world are probably getting overlooked and probably overlooking others.
“I think it’s so easy where you meet at a pub you know straight away if you click or if there’s chemistry rather than flicking away on Tinder.”
Having watched snippets of Bachelor in Paradise, the former country boy from Nyabing said he chose to stay away from finding out too much information on Oetjen.
“What has happened in someone’s past has nothing to do with me,” he said.
“It’s when you connect that you start giving those little details away, when you start to build trust with that person that you hopefully fall in love with.
“I wanted to give myself the chance to get to know Ali and obviously her the chance to get to know me.
“From what I got from her she is a lady that is deeper, a bit more nerdy, I think she likes to muck about and have a laugh and that’s what appealed to me, I had a lot of time for her.”
Describing the experience as an emotional one and one that tested him, he said viewers would see a very raw and honest version of himself.
“I was so ready to do something like this for all the right reasons and I know that gets bandied around a bit,” he said.
“But you’re in an environment where everything happens very quickly.
“(It’s the) equivalent to being locked up in a chicken pen and being asked to find the eggs.
“Ali is a fantastic person and there a lot of other blokes who have gone on there too, it’s a great bunch of people on there and it’s an interesting process.
“I just genuinely wanted to be in there and find a partner but you’ll have to wait and see how it all pans out.”