Network Ten has announced that Ali Oetjen will be Australia’s Bachelorette in the fourth season of The Bachelorette Australia, which will be on screens later this year.
Bright and bubbly, the 32-year-old South Australian was featured in the inaugural 2013 season of The Bachelor Australia.
Oetjen put her heart on the line to win the love of Bachelor Tim Robards, but was left in tears when he turned her away in the penultimate rose ceremony.
Ready to give love another chance, Oetjen appeared recently in Bachelor In Paradise, where she won the heart of American Bachelor Grant Kemp. Unfortunately, distance proved too big a hurdle and their love story was not meant to be.
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Eager to make it third time lucky in love, Oetjen is ready to call the shots on The Bachelorette.
Ten’s chief content officer, Beverly McGarvey, said: “We have all been captivated by Ali’s search for love and are delighted to welcome her back in the new season of The Bachelorette Australia.
“Warm, down-to-earth and honest, Ali is Australia’s sweetheart and we can’t wait to see the country’s most eligible bachelors compete to win her heart.”
Oetjen said she is looking for a deep connection with someone who challenges her mentally, has a positive mindset about life and makes her a better person.
“I have had my heart broken, but I’ve picked myself up and I’m ready to put my heart on the line again. I’m absolutely thrilled to start this new adventure,” she said.
“I’m looking for a man who is light-hearted and kind, a genuine and down-to-earth man who will sweep me off my feet and love me for me. And I’m looking forward to offering that love back to him in return.
It was originally speculated that Olympic hurdler Michelle Jenneke was the favourite to become the next Bachelorette.
The on-air dating show will once again be hosted by Osher Günsberg.