Even before 44-year-old Stu Laundy made his debut on The Bachelorette last week, he was being named a hot favourite to win Sophie Monk’s heart.
Way back in July, Stu – who is a millionaire and comes from a generation of pub owners – was photographed on what looked like a group date with our newest Bachelorette.
Just two episodes in, betting agencies also have Stu at the top of their list when it comes to who is likely to walk away with the final rose.
But there’s another, huge, almost undeniable hint that Sophie + Stu = true love. And it’s all to do with the show’s post-production.
When Stu stepped out of the helicopter (something that only happens on The Bachelorette, surely) and walked towards 37-year-old Sophie, music featuring strings, harps and chimes began to play in the background.
It's a background theme that's been used before, and is historically reserved for winners of the show. It's such a clear indicator that true love is on the horizon and has been named the "winner's theme" by keen fans.
The Daily Mail reports identical music played when Alex Nation first met Richie Strahan, and an extremely similar tune played when Sasha Mielczarek met Australia's very first Bachelorette Sam Frost.