Who is Ali Oetjen from Bachelor in Paradise?

If you’re having trouble placing Bachelor in Paradise contestant Ali Oetjen, you’ll need to cast your mind back to 2013 when The Bachelor Australia all began.

Because before there was Matty J doubling over in pain, before Nikki’s brutally painful-looking smile, there was Ali’s tearful breakdown.

The then-27-year-old was the original favourite – the first bachelor/bachelorette that Australia backed to win and was shocked to see be rejected – when Tim Robards broke her heart in the first ever Bachelor Australia season.

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Coming second runner-up behind eventual winner Anna Heinrich (who's now engaged to Tim) and runner-up Rochelle Emanuel-Smith, Ali took the dumping rather hard.

After the show though, Ali was approached to be Australia's first Bachelorette, but turned it down because she was in a relationship.


Unfortunately, that romance didn't work out either. Her engagement to David Waldeck was confirmed as over, when photographs of her filming the Bachelor in Paradise emerged late last year.

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Outside of her love life, Ali has been building a profile as a blogger and "healthy lifestyle motivator". The Adelaide gal's about to release a recipe, exercise and meal plan eBook in April - which is coincidentally when Bachelor in Paradise will be on our screens.

She's all been a source of juicy behind-the-scenes Bachelor goss.

Last year the 31-year-old confirmed that the bachelorettes are plied with alcohol and filming takes forever.

"They [the producers] did cotton on as the show went on to give us more drinks so that we would relax and we would do more of what the producers asked of us," she told Adelaide’s Mix 102.3’s Jodie & Soda.

We have no doubt the alcohol will also be flowing in Fiji.

Bachelor in Paradise airs Sunday 7.30pm on Channel Ten.