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The fantasy suite and a proposal: The 6 differences between The Bachelor US and The Bachelor Australia.

From a ‘dog c**t’ scandal to a rogue man named ‘Honey Badger’ who picked precisely no one, Australia’s Bachelor seasons have certainly kept us entertained.

But if you’ve ever seen The Bachelor or The Bachelorette in the United States, you’ll know that their drama takes it to a whole new level.

In fact, we haven’t even seen drama compared to the US Bachelor.

First premiering in 2002, their seasons have a well-established, unwavering format that some (aka, me) would say is the perfect equation for reality TV gold.

Here are the six major differences between the two countries.

1. The fantasy suite.

In America, the final three contestants are offered the chance to spend one night in the ‘fantasy suite’ with the bachelor or bachelorette. This is the only part of the show that the cameras are not permitted to film.

It’s also notoriously known as being the moment a number of the bachelors and bachelorettes are intimate with their contestants.

On the most recent season of The Bachelorette, Hannah Brown confessed she had sex in a windmill twice with one of her contestants during the fantasy suite date, before clarifying during the season finale that it was, in fact, four times.

In Australia, the fantasy suite date has always been omitted.

2. The job titles.

This is, unquestionably, the best part of The Bachelor US.

You see, Australian contestants have normal jobs, like “hairdresser” and “chemical engineer”.

But in the US, they don’t settle for such conventional careers. They prefer jobs such as Amateur Sex Coach (??), Social Media Participant (???) and Tickle Monster (????????????). These are, frankly, as absurd as they are… admirable.

Seriously, Australia. We’ve been robbed.

Here are some of their best, and yes, they are all real…

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I'll just leave this here. Image: ABC Network.
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Sorry but... what? Image: ABC Network.
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Sir, how exactly did you become a tickle monster? Image: ABC Network.
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This is Tiara. Tiara likes chickens. A lot. Image: ABC Network.
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If this is an occupation then where do I sign up? Image: ABC Network.

3. The proposal.

In the US, the seasons almost always end in a proposal.

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On The Bachelorette, the final two men both pick out an engagement ring and plan their proposal, before one of them is left heartbroken.

They are provided a diamond ring – often worth more than six figures – by sponsor Neil Lane. But if the couple call off their engagement less than two years after the proposal, they must return the ring.

In Australia, we've only had one proposal and that was with Blake Garvey, who got down on one knee for Sam Frost. It didn't go well.

4. They don't have an Osher.

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Chris Harrison hosts the US version of The Bachelor. Images: ABC Network/Channel 10.

What we lack in creative career choices we make up for in Osher Günsberg.

Don't get me wrong – they do have a host. His name is Chris Harrison and he seems lovely.

He too likes to remind those left heartbroken that: "Ladies, you didn't receive a rose."

But he just isn't Osher. His hair isn't nearly as tall or impressive, he doesn't speak as slow, and, well, his name isn't Osher. 'Nuff said.

5. The outfits.

On The US Bachelor and Bachelorette, the contestants bring all of their own outfits.

In the Australian series, however, the men and women borrow clothes from the Channel 10 wardrobe. Which becomes evident when we see the exact same clothes worn by different contestants over different seasons.

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Exhibit A: 

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Images: Channel 10.

6. 'After The Final Rose' and 'Women/Men Tell All'.

It is one of Australia's biggest mysteries that we do not have an After The Final Rose or a Women Tell All.

After the penultimate episode of the season, a live show hosted by Chris Harrison sees all the rejected contestants brought back together in a Women Tell All. This is literally where all the drama occurs in the US seasons.

Then, after the finale airs, they have After The Final Rose, where the bachelor or bachelorette is reunited with the woman or man who came second, as well as their new fiancee.

Memorable moments include when Nick Viall, who came second on Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette in 2014, attempted to gain closure by bringing up their sex life.

"If you weren't in love with me, I'm just not sure why you made love with me," Viall asked Andi, further adding they shared "fiancee-type" moments.

"I think that's kind of below the belt," Andi replied. "I think that's something that's private and should be kept private."

It was horrifically awkward. And that's why Australia should introduce the format.

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