Some might be surprised to spot a familiar face when The Bachelorette NZ hits our screens on Monday January 27. Wānaka local Elliot Gilchrist, 32, is amongst those competing for the heart of Bachelorette Lesina Nakhid-Schuster. Gilchrist owns a painting company in town and signed up for the show after some good ol’ fashioned peer pressure, which led him to realize that “this girl is probably going to be really amazing and I’d really like to meet her.” He’s never seen the show before and was “disappointed” to learn that the popular television format doesn’t include immunity challenges.
Gilchrist considers his dating history to be “pretty good”, and said “I’ve met some really nice girls. My first girlfriend was a long-term one, five years, and that sort of set the bar. Since then, I’ve not met anyone who’s matched up. I’ve been single for about eight months this time.” Meanwhile, his celebrity crush is Ariana Grande.
As for what those at home will think, Gilchrist said “My friends and family are going to love this, guaranteed. They’ll all be excited, I’d say. I think they’ll be happier I’ve finally done something along these lines, than surprised.”
Perhaps the most distinctive aspect about Gilchrist is his fondness for close up magic, which is apparently his party trick! Gilchrist is competing alongside 21 other men to win the heart of Dr Lesina Nakhid-Schuster, an Auckland-based doctor and actress. Here’s hoping that Gilchrist might find himself lucky in love, or if not, at least with a few more instagram followers.