The Bachelor: former Community Newspaper Group journalist Natalie Nazzari among the first to go home

The Bachelor: former Community Newspaper Group journalist Natalie Nazzari among the first to go home
The Bachelor: former Community Newspaper Group journalist Natalie Nazzari among the first to go home

DESPITE not having received a rose from The Bachelor’s Richie Strahan, former Community Newspaper Group journalist Natalie Nazzari still believes in love.

The 28-year-old was the first one to leave the television reality series following just a few days in the mansion and one lavish cocktail party.

Nazzari, who was one of five West Aussies vying for Strahan’s affection, said she had taken a leap of faith auditioning for the show and did not know what to expect.

“It was a unique and eye-opening experience and something I wish I’d probably soaked in a lot more,” she said.

“You’re in this incredible mansion and the whole thing just doesn’t seem real because it’s pretty unbelievable.

“It’s probably not something I would put my hand up for again but I learned a lot from the experience.”

Having made friendships with several of the women inside the mansion, Nazzari said viewers should look out for Vintaea, Janey and Tiffany – all of whom she found impressive.

She picked Northam girl Nikki to be in the final two.

“One of the most impressive is Vintaea,” she said.

“She is one the most intelligent, down-to-earth people, she’s great.

“Janey is sweet, as is Tiff but I think Nikki might be in with the chance.”

Nazzari said while being rejected on national television was not the best thing in the world, the bubbly Kalgoorlie Miner reporter said it was not all doom and gloom.

“You know I didn’t get a chance to know Richie so I certainly wasn’t heartbroken,” she said.

“From the experience you become a lot more resilient and I think you realise a lot more about what you want.

“Obviously Richie wasn’t the guy for me and if me leaving first meant that somebody else is one step closer to finding the man of their dreams, then I’m okay with that.

“I hope it works out for the final two standing.”

Single and ready to see what happens next, the self-confessed workaholic said she was now looking forward to her next chapter.

“I had to quit a job in Perth and was prepared to take that risk; I suppose it’s not one that paid off,” she said.

“I’m back in Kalgoorlie but I’m keen to get back to Perth and be with my family, friends and netball team.

“I’m not sure what the future holds.

“Let’s just say it will involve a lot more of living life and hopefully a lot less of working so hard – and who knows, maybe even a guy.”