We’re halfway through this year’s edition of the Bachelorette and whilst there’s a ton of chaff (mentioning no names… *cough* both Matts *cough*) still amongst the wheat, the market is starting to firm.
So with a view to helping guide your Bachelorette punting we thought we’d take a quick look at the remaining suitors with the help of the Sportsbet reality TV insider, a TV producer with years of experience on shows like The Bachelorette, who, for the purposes of this article we’ll call Maude (just because it’s a fun name that you don’t hear very often these days).
Lee at $1.40
Our current favourite the ludicrously handsome Melbournian Lee has been best backed in the market following a successful single date but has been a bit of a passenger in recent weeks.
Personally we’re big fans though we do find luminously white teeth a little off-putting.
“I don’t actually rate his chances,” said Maude. “He might actually be a little too good looking.
“I get the feeling Georgia is the type of girl who likes to be the ‘star’ in a relationship — if she chose Lee would she be the star? I’m not sure.”
Matty J at $5.00
Matty is the deeply forgettable curly-haired bloke who won the trapeze date. He’s come in to $5 in recent weeks following his victory on that group date.
“Matty J? Nah, he’s a mid-series red herring. They’re using him to pad out this awkward middle part of the series,” said our insider.
Courtney at $7.50
Winner of Georgia’s first impression rose, quirky Courtney has been on the slide. Our opening fav is out to 7.50 in the market after failing to pash Georgia on his date.
“That doesn’t bother me at all,” said Marla. “He’s the best value in this market by a mile. He’s clearly smart and I think it’s obvious that Georgia values that most highly.
“He’s been used sparingly by producers and I think that’s a great sign during the middle episodes of the run. If he starts to enter to narrative a little more in the coming weeks, I think we can start to get excited about his chances.”
Cameron at $11
This season’s token fireman, Cameron comes across like a big kid to whom nothing bad has ever happened. He has the deliriously carefree air of a man who, despite reaching the age of 26, has yet to even have a bout of heartburn or step on a piece of lego.
But would his naive nature appeal to Georgia? “I actually don’t think so. I mean this isn’t my area of expertise, but he’s a right wet lettuce isn’t he?
“I mean Jesus, grow a pair mate! Yeah, I don’t think so. I also am not sure the producers are sure how to play him either. It’s tough to know what the public perception of a guy like Cam could be.
“I do expect him to go deep, final four maybe.”
Jake at $11
The worst-dressed man in the house by some margin, Jake started strongly making a big first impression and winning the first one-on-one date with Georgia.
Since then though he’s been a bit of ghost, barely getting any airtime, other than to show off his seemingly endless array of awful, awful suits.
“I think Georgia still likes Jake. I think she’s decided that and has tucked him into a file marked final four — that’s why he’s not getting any attention,” said our insider.
Sam at $15
It seems like Sam has been more focussed on his feud with Rhys than winning the affections of Georgia, “which is good” reckons Marla.
“Look, honestly, I think this series has struggled for momentum at times. The public’s view of Georgia has, erm, vacillated throughout the series.
“The feud between Sam and Rhys has been the best viewing. It’s great fun watching two complete wankers, call each other wankers, whilst not realising that they too are a wanker.”
“But yeah, if you’re part of a storyline like that, you’re long-odds to go much further in the show than that storyline.”
Clancy at $34
Clancy’s most notable moment came in the show’s opening episode when he allowed Georgia to shave his beard off.
He played that card and it kind of seems like he hasn’t got another — he might as well have been a potted plant since then.
“He seems like a bit of an odd bloke,” said Marla. “Like he’s mainly there to congratulate the other blokes on getting single dates.”
A decent roughy though?
“No, don’t waste a cent on him.”
Rhys at $51
Rhys copped a spray from Georgia last week after alluding to a divide in the house between the “boys” and “men”.
That saw him drift in the market to $51, and punters think he’s a dead duck with the least bets coming for him in the market.
“He’s a special kind of flog this bloke. Between his sh*t poetry and his carrying on when Matty D owned his arse at wrestling, he’s got to be going shortly.
“I’d be amazed if he lasted another week.”
Matt D at $51
Who? Oh, the bloke who looks like a WWI Spitfire pilot. Yeah, to be honest, we hadn’t thought about him much.
“Yeah, gotta feel for Matt D, that face belongs to another era. If this was The Bachelorette 1921, he’d be an unbackable fav, but yeah, I can’t see anything other than a dignified exit in the coming weeks.”
Todd at $51
Intruder Todd isn’t what you’d call classically or even perhaps unconventionally handsome, but he’s musical, and some women like that.
…Yeah that’s all we’ve got. Despite his bleak outlook punters have backed him more than Rhys.
“Cracking chin on him! Plus he’s short. I can’t see him next to Georgia at the races.
“When trying to think who’s going to win. Imagine Georgia at the races, and imagine a bloke next to her in a baby blue suit — the person you imagine in that suit is who is going to win… Courtney, for me.”