This season’s wild card, Alex surprised Richie with her honesty right from the start, revealing that she has a young son who would always remain her number-one man.
Growing up in a single parent family himself, Richie respected the 24-year-old’s situation and made sure she knew that he was still very interested in getting to know her. Inspired by last season’s winner Snezana Markoski, the model and aspiring actress was on cloud nine, making her even more determined to win his heart.
With a striking resemblance to Aussie model Lara Worthington, Brisbane beauty Keira caught Richie’s eye at their first meeting.
The account manager left the handsome bachelor giddy with excitement after their date – and according to a source, she is working her charms extra hard.
A close friend of 2014 Bachelor runner-up Lisa Hyde, 29-year-old Keira has been busy getting tips on how to stand out from the bevy of beauties all vying for a rose.
‘She was desperate to apply for the show,’ reveals a friend. ‘And she knows a lot about Richie already because she is mates with his cousin Lisa Clark [of Big Brother fame].’
It’s no secret Richie loves the outdoors and staying fit, and it’s these mutual interests that Keira intends to use to her advantage in winning a rose.
KIRRALEE ‘KIKI’ MORRIS
Watch out for this firecracker, who is set to cause major drama on this season’s show. Hailing from Sydney, the blonde bombshell has a vast modelling portfolio that features racy men’s magazine shoots for titles including Playboy.
Not shy of the cameras, the 28-year-old oozes the sort of confidence awkward Richie is looking for. But while he is enjoying spending time with the happy-go-lucky stunner, friends worry her secret rebellious past may push clean-cut Richie to run a mile.
‘Kiki is as honest as they come and she won’t try to sugarcoat her past,’ reveals a source. ‘She makes no apologies for her raunchy history and love of cosmetic enhancements, but is unsure Richie can handle that.’
Admitting she once had a soft spot for bad boys, the former Telstra employee dated Kings Cross identity Mark Judge, who has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, including drug use and bikie links.
But friends insist she has put her controversial past behind her.
‘Kiki actually has a heart of gold and gives 100 per cent to a relationship,’ says the source. ‘She is ready to settle down, get married and have kids.’
This ambitious beauty is the face of Western Australia country racing – and she’s got the hometown advantage!
Friends say the bubbly blonde real estate agent from Northam, north-west of Perth, is using a shared love of their beautiful home state to woo Richie.
‘Nikki is a bit of a mover and a shaker around town,’ says a friend. ‘She knows a fair few of Richie’s pals, and they are often invited to the same events, so she thinks that gives her an edge over the other girls.’
Having just ended a 12-year relationship, there is no doubt Nikki, 28, is the settling-down type – but some friends worry that she is not ready to move on.
‘She was engaged for a long time and even planned a wedding to her childhood sweetheart,’ confirms one friend. ‘They have only been separated a year, so a lot of people think she needs more time to get over him.’
Model and make-up artist Olena was the first to be introduced to a nervous Richie and, liking what she saw, the Ukrainian beauty used her big blue eyes to lay claim to her man, sharing a moment that was heavily promoted as ‘love at first sight’.
‘When I’m interested in a guy, I like to attack them with my eyes... Eye connection is very important,’ she says in a trailer for the show.
According to our spies, the 23-year-old’s strategy worked, with one saying: ‘At that moment, Richie was possibly the most nervous he has ever been. He was in awe of her and confessed that her accent makes him weak at the knees.’
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