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An ex-model and pilot: Everything we know about Australia's 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 this week, they dropped an extremely cheesy trailer that showed our pilot walking through the airport surrounded by loved-up couples.

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.

While it gives very, very little insight into who exactly Jimmy Nicholson is, the internet doesn't rest, so we already know a heck of a lot about him.

There's no official word when Jimmy's season of The Bachelor will begin (though we anticipate it will be in the second half of July), but here's what we've uncovered in the meantime.

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!).


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.

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!"

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.

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.

Feature image: Instagram.