The Bachelorette intruders: Meet the men hoping to steal the show

One lucky bachelor is getting a second chance at a first impression.
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They say a change is as good as a holiday. Well lucky ducks Lesina and Lily are getting both, because tonight a fresh bunch of men will jet into Buenos Aires, where the girls are ‘Livin’ la Vida Loca’.

They’re fairly late to the party given that we’ll be into the fourth week of The Bachelorette by the time these five men make their entrances, but the more the merrier right?

Let’s hope the existing bachelors are as excited about the new arrivals as we are!

Four of the men will be making their Bachelorette debut, but one lucky bachelor will be getting a second chance at a first impression.

Let’s meet the men hoping to get a late run at love with Lily or Lesina.

Mac Mataia

Procurement Consultant from Auckland

Mac, 27, describes himself as smooth and genuine.

A fan of a good Piña Colada, Mac is on the lookout for someone who is “complementary, down to earth, can have a yarn and laugh at my jokes.”

The Aucklander, who is currently based in Tauranga, admits to having mixed emotions about coming in as an intruder and hopes the bachelorettes are “ready for some new blood!”

Michael Bullot

Sailor from Auckland

Mike, 35, signed up for the show because it was a case of “right time, right place.”

After his long-term relationship ended the world champion sailor gave his heart an 18-month break, but he’s now ready to enter the dating world again.

Buoyed by Art and Matilda’s Bachelor success story, Mike hopes that this is his “chance to meet someone hopefully amazing!”

Here’s hoping it’s calm seas ahead.

Elliott Gilchrist

Painting Company Owner from Wanaka

He had a pretty awkward introduction on the show, but things only got worse for 32-year-old Elliot Gilchrist when he was one of the three men sent home by Lesina at the first rose ceremony.

But the next morning the bachelorette revealed that she wasn’t sure she had made the right decision.

“I kind of second guessed myself about Elliott which was a bit weird,” she admitted.

“I kind of got like a bit of a Smart Alec-y vibe… I’m not sure if that was what he was trying to portray but in retrospect I don’t know – was it just because he was nervous?”

At the time we predicted Elliot might be the one who got away so are thrilled to see him be brought back for a second chance at love.

Richie Boyens

Clothing Designer from Wanaka

32 year old clothing designer Richie says his fashionably late introduction was ‘nerve wracking’.

“It was the most out of my comfort zone I’ve ever been. I was very nervous,” he admitted.

Richie says he doesn’t like stepping on people’s toes so it’ll be interesting to see whether he can make an impression with the bachelorettes considering all the ultra-competitive personalities already on the show.

Richie is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie who is looking for his next adventure and hopes to meet his best friend along the way.

So what does he look for in a partner? “Someone who is confident in who they are, with passion and drive.”

Michael Frood

Kumara Grower from Dargaville

If our bachelorettes are after a classic Kiwi bloke then they need look no further than 29-year-old kumara grower Michael.

Michael and his very impressive mustache are coming to Argentina all the way from Dargaville.

He’s been single for the past two years but is no stranger to the dating world, having previously been in an eight-year relationship.

While he never thought anything would come of his Bachelorette application, Michael wants to make the most of the opportunity now that he’s been given a chance.

Michael looks for confidence and respect in a potential partner and hopes to find someone who is “willing to step out of the comfort zone.”

The Bachelorette New Zealand airs Monday – Tuesday at 7:30pm and Sunday 7pm on TVNZ 2

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