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An award-winning stripper, a jump master and a podcaster all want to win The Bachelorette’s heart

Bachelorette Lesina is going to be spoilt for choice!

Another four men have thrown their hat into the ring for New Zealand's first ever season of The Bachelorette.
A voice actor, a stripper-turned-chocolate maker, an adventure junkie and a 22-year-old business owner are joining the already diverse group of singles announced to appear on the TVNZ reality show.
Hosted by Art Green, who found true love with Matilda Rice on The Bachelor in 2015, The Bachelorette will see 22 hopeful men compete for the affections of 32-year-old doctor Lesina Nakhid–Schuster.
Lesina is on the lookout for a driven and kind partner, someone who loves to cook and wants to have kids. Will any of these latest contenders fit the bill?
Entering The Bachelorette mansion are:

Daryl Habraken

A Voice Actor and Podcaster from Auckland
Smooth talking voice actor Daryl is a self-described spontaneous dater who signed up to the show as a dare from friends.
But Daryl genuinely hopes he hits it off with Lesina because, while he's had a lot of fun in the past, the 37-year old admits his dating history is a disaster with "lots of failed attempts at love."
His celebrity crush is Angelina Jolie and he's looking for a girl that "oozes confidence" and speaks her mind. As well as working as a voice actor, Daryl stays busy hosting his podcast Results May Vary.
Although he's never seen the show, Daryl is up for the experience, explaining, "When you get to the later side of 30s and you're still single – you'll pretty much try anything!"

Marc Johnson

A Chocolate Maker from Wellington
He's been unlucky in love so far, but 33-year-old Marc won't let his past heartbreaks hinder his search for love, saying, "I am destined to meet someone even better than them."
Originally from the UK, Wellington based Marc has been single for around two years and is ready to meet his Ms Right.
Marc knows what it takes to win a competition; he took top prize in the ZM Strip Search in 2016. But he's cast all that off now in favour of chocolate making.
Even considering his colourful work history, Marc says that being a father to his three-year-old daughter is "probably the best job I've had in my life."

Marcus Mannex-Kingi

A Jump Master from Queenstown
22-year-old Marcus has high hopes for his time on The Bachelorette, saying "It's going to be an experience of a lifetime!"
When he's not helping people dive in to the unknown as a jump master at AJ Hackett bungy in Queenstown, Marcus maintains his adventurous lifestyle by jumping out of and off things.
Marcus, who has been single for a year after ending a five year relationship, is looking for a woman who can keep up with his exciting lifestyle and is ready to take a leap of faith to find her.

Tyler McKendry

A Personal Trainer from Christchurch
While 22-year-old business owner Tyler is doing pretty well for himself, the Christchurch resident is missing that someone special in his life.
Seeking a love story just like Art and Matilda's, Tyler is optimistic that by going out of his comfort zone he'll find "that person I could end up spending the rest of my life with."
We just hope that the personal trainer can keep up with the quick pace of the reality show; he says his ideal date would probably consist over a few days, because, "if you're meeting up with someone for the first time, you want to get to know them."
The Bachelorette NZ premieres on TVNZ 2 on January 27.