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How A Gay Version Of 'The Bachelor' Could Work

Network 10's head of programming has spilled on how a gay Bachelor would actually play out.

The Bachelor Australia franchise -- gearing up for its seventh season in 2019 -- has always been a mostly heterosexual show.

The very premise of the show, where a group of women compete for the affection and attention of one man (and vice versa for The Bachelorette), essentially relies on the contestants being straight.

And while we've seen several openly bisexual contestants appear in the show (Brooke Blurton from the Honey Badger's season), and even two contestants end up dating each other instead (Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon from Richie Strahan's season), we've never seen a Bachelor/ette season where the star is queer.

Network 10's head of programming Dan Monaghan told 10 daily a gay Bachelor -- "or Bachelorette!" -- is something he's absolutely keen on.

"I think we definitely need to," he said.

"What that means in terms of actually making the show.... it's a very different show."

"Let's take gay men, for example. You have 20 men and one Bachelor, but essentially, when you walk through that door, there's 19 suitors for you."

Monaghan said it ends up becoming a slightly different show, but one "worth watching".

"It changes it to more of a gay Bachelor In Paradise," he said, referring to the spin-off show where past contestants get together and give love a second chance.

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"There might be options for everyone. Everyone might walk out a winner in gay Bachelor! You might have 20 people and ten couples come out of it."

While he didn't give any firm details about a potential gay Bachelor season, he did drop a hint the upcoming Bachelor in Paradise season will be "representing queer culture."

Brooke -- who identifies as bisexual -- and Cass Wood are confirmed for the upcoming BiP season, as is former Bachelor Richie.

Bachelor host Osher Gunsberg recently spilled on the possibility of a gay Bachelor, telling The Guardian he's all for it.

"I think it might take off," he said.

"I have nothing to do with the casting of our shows and we are limited by who applies, yet overall the diversity in casting in Australian television has changed so much in five years.

"We are starting to move the needle in that direction. I feel that the path to same sex reality-TV dating starts with showing more diversity across the board, and it’s really encouraging to see this happening already, not only in reality but in drama and in advertising.”

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Contact the author: abrucesmith@networkten.com.au