The first episode of the Bachelorette saw Wānaka local Elliott Gilchrist sent packing along with two other hopefuls in a cut-throat elimination. Gilchrist stole several scenes in the episode, from his unforgettable introduction of a paper rose which was promptly used as tissue for the Bachelorette to blow her nose on, to his infamous last words, “Bald heads aren't for everyone.” Gilchrist labels the overall experience as fun, saying “It was a tough situation with so many guys trying to stand out and catch the Bachelorette’s eye, so I tried to just be myself and enjoy it!” Looking back, there’s nothing he would have changed, “It would have been nice to get to talk to her, but I did make the effort, unfortunately there just wasn’t enough time for everyone to get a chance,” Gilchrist said.
The morning after his elimination, Bachelorette Dr Lesina Nakhid-Schuster admitted on-camera that "I kind of second guessed myself about Elliott which was a bit weird” and questioned whether the Wānaka painter was nervous. Gilchrist says that news made him feel good as “‘it wasn’t nice to be sent home first, especially after seeing how weird some of the guys that stayed were.”
As for the future, Gilchrist plans on spending time on some other ventures outside of his painting company, but his love-life is a little bit more up-in-the-air. “Wānaka is a tough place for a guy to find love. As always I will be on the lookout for a Wānaka gem when I am there, but will spend most of my time elsewhere for the foreseeable future,” Gilchrist said.
If bald heads are for you, keep an eye out around town for the eligible painter/amatuer magician.