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The Bachelor Australia for 2019 has been announced - and his name is Matt.

The Bachelor for 2019’s season has been announced – and unlike the past three times, we’ve never met him before.

The Bachelor’s name is Matthew Agnew and he’s a 31-year-old astrophysicist, who’s totally new to the franchise.

According to our sleuthing, he doesn’t have a social media presence we could find, besides LinkedIn. His Instagram account has either been wiped or was created purely for the sake of the show.

On his post announcing the news, he said he was excited about the process.

“I’m still pinching myself that this is happening. It may be an unorthodox way to meet someone, but I can’t wait and it’ll make for a cracking ‘how we met’ story!”

Matt holds a Master of Science in Astrophysics from Sweden’s Lund University, but before that grew up in Adelaide and Perth.

He now works at Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. He also follows AFL, and enjoys yoga and cooking.


Matt said that part of what made him want to try finding love on The Bachelor was his friends settling down.

“Seeing my mates finding their partners, tying the knot and buzzing with laughter and love together, I realise I want that!”

And as for the unconventional method of finding that partner, Matt said he’s a give-everything-a-go kind of guy.

“You’ve got to give it a go, give it a chance and put your heart out there.”

“I’ve got a real ‘do it once, do it right’ mentality so I’ll be making sure I throw myself into it, be vulnerable and enjoy what comes from that.”

It’s the first time since Sam Wood, way back in season three, that the Bachelor has been an unknown. Since then we’ve had Bachelorette runner-ups Richie Strahan and Matty Johnson and of course, Nick “Honey Badger” Cummins.

The reaction to the Bachelor’s announcement on Instagram has been positive so far, with at least one fan likening him to Clark Kent (aka Superman).

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