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"I believe I've met 'the one'." Everything we know about Australia's new Bachelor, Jimmy Nicholson.

We have a brand spanking new bachie, and he's a very good-looking pilot with a dog. Sounds good, doesn't it?

Earlier this year, Channel 10 announced the guy handing out roses in 2021 will be 31-year-old Sydneysider Jimmy Nicholson. 

And in June, they've dropped a couple of trailers that help us get to know Osher's new best friend.

The first showed our pilot walking through the airport surrounded by loved-up couples, and it's extra emotional given the current lack of travel and reunions.

He's met on the runway by Osher standing in front of a 'Bach Air' plane: "Fasten your seatbelt Jimmy, you're in for the ride of your life."

Watch the particularly cheesy trailer below. Post continues below.


Video via Ten.

It's sweet, but it gives us very, very little insight into who exactly Jimmy Nicholson is, so we were pleased when we were gifted another trailer on June 28.

In the second one, we learn a little more about why Jimmy signed up to hand out roses and hang out with alpacas/Osher.

Before the show officially kicks off on July 21, here's everything we've uncovered about Jimmy. 

He finds 'the one' on the show. 

In the trailer, Jimmy confesses to being quite methodical and loving a good checklist, which is... weirdly attractive, and also exactly what you want to hear from the guy controlling a giant tube of metal flying through the sky.

But he knows "when it comes to love - there's no manual".

He said while he entered the series as a single man, he is hoping to leave it with the person he can spend the rest of his life with (handy, because that's the entire premise!), and he was "feeling a mixture of excitement and absolute terror" about the road ahead.

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He was inspired to sign on because of his close relationship with his family.

"I've got a really close family," he says in the clip. "My parents are madly in love, and that is exactly what I want."

"I want someone who I would be proud to bring home to meet my family — their opinion means everything to me."

Thankfully, Jimmy has now confirmed he does end up finding someone on the show. And not only that, the pair are very much in love.

"It's love… things are going well," he told Stellar magazine about his relationship after the show. 

"We're spending lots of time together and I believe I've met 'the one'."

The 31-year-old also told the publication that he was aware he would face scrutiny going on the show.

"I don't think you can ever prepare for the amount of interest… I know that once you're out in the public eye, you're open to scrutiny," he shared. 

"People are going to love you and people are going to hate you, I was very wary coming into this that there would be a lot of critics."

Jimmy Nicholson's Instagram.

Jimmy has finally gone public on Instagram, and you can find him @jimmynicholson for plenty of shirtless beach pics (and plane selfies!).

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Jimmy used to be a Price is Right model.

Jimmy is not a celeb or a former Bachelorette contestant, so that's a good start. But he has been on camera before, with a year-long stint as a Price is Right assistant.

Image: Seven. 

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He was the male model tasked with showcasing the show's prizes for about a year in 2012.

This rogue photo tweeted by the show's host Larry Emdur shows a shirtless Jimmy and tags his now-deleted Twitter account.

According to LinkedIn (yeah, we went that deep), Jimmy was signed to Chadwick Models around the same time.

He's already entered the ex-reality contestants dating pool.

You know how reality TV contestants only seem to date other reality TV contestants? Mmhm, well ol' mate Jimmy's had a head start.

Reality goss site The Wash confirmed he briefly dated last year's Bach runner-up Bella Varelis after being set up by mutual friends in late 2020.

"We were chatting and went on a couple dates towards the end of last year, we got set up by a friend," Bella told the publication.

"He's a really lovely human, definitely deserves to find love!"

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She confirmed they're still mates, so there's nothing scandalous here. But Straya's incestuous reality TV dating pool has gained another member.

Jimmy's from a family of flyers.

Jimmy's a model-turned-pilot, but turns out taking to the skies was a bit of a lifelong dream.

In 2014, he completed his training as a Regional Express Cadet Pilot and now holds a Commercial Pilot License. Just call me a super sleuth, 'cause I found this random 2014 interview with Jimmy about his chosen career.

"My dad is a pilot, not a commercial one, but he worked for Qantas and so did my grandfather. My uncle is also a pilot for another major international airline, so I grew up with it all my life. It's a bit of a family tradition," he told Year13.

Image: Instagram. 

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He most recently worked for Jetstar but with COVID, found himself with some extra time on his hands recently... hence, The Bachelor.

Turns out being a pilot makes finding love a tad difficult, because you're never in one place for long.

"I am a big believer in embracing any opportunity that presents itself, especially if it has the potential to change your life for the better," he said in his Channel 10 profile.

"The journey ahead will be one of the most challenging experiences that I have ever undertaken, however I am very excited to meet someone that I could potentially spend the rest of my life with."

We can't wait to see whether that's how it goes down when Jimmy's season airs.

The Bachelor premieres on Wednesday, July 21 on Channel 10. 

This article was originally published on March 19, 2021 and has been updated on July 11, 2021. 

Feature image: Channel 10/Instagram.


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