'The Bachelor' Casts Three Men For Its 2022 Season — Meet Your New Leading Men

The dating show like you've never seen it before.

By Jess Pullar
It was the worst kept secret in Australian television, but now the rumours have been confirmed: The Bachelor Australia has cast not one, not two but three leading men for its 2022 season.
Felix Von Hofe, 27, Thomas Malucelli, 32, and Jed McIntosh, who is in his mid 20s, will be looking for love in The Bachelor Australia 2022, breaking with a ten-year tradition of casting just one man as lead. (The Bachelorette Australia did try the double thing with sisters Elly and Becky Miles, without a huge amount of ratings success.)
So who are the three hopefuls? Here's everything we know.

Felix Von Hofe

Felix Von Hofe is a professional basketball player from Melbourne, as well as a podcast host, dishing out hot takes on Trash Talks. He's signed to the Melbourne Tigers and is a brand ambassador for Sportbest.
As you can probably guess from the profession, Felix is pretty tall (insert "if that matters" à la Hinge here), clocking in at 6'5''.
Star sign: Aquarius.

Thomas Malucelli

Thomas Malucelli is a former hospitality manager turned "transformation specialist and lifestyle entrepreneur", according to his LInkedIn.
His bio says that he works closely with personal trainers and other health professionals to help them achieve their health goals. At least part of that appears to be with Isagenix, a multi-level marketing company that sells health products. In 2019, he won Isagenix's IsaBody challenge, taking home US $50,000 for the win.

Jed McIntosh

Jed McIntosh was the last name to hit headlines as a rumoured Bachie this year. He's a drummer who's been playing since he was four years old, according to music website Big Sound Percussion. He's been playing professionally since age 13, and right now is a drummer for Melbourne-based alt-pop band Mood Monroe, alongside his brother Jackson and friend Bailey Sampson.
We know the least about Jed, but according to the Daily Mail he's worked with a number of big names like Kylie Minogue, Phareell Williams, T-Pain and Sean Paul. Watch this space.
"It's very different this year," host Osher Günsberg told The Project on Monday. "It's already electrifying."
Watch this space.

Why did fans think a queer Bachelor had been cast?

Network 10, who own and distribute The Bachelor and The Bachelorette revealed in a statement in early January that they were officially recruiting girls and guys for the new season.
"We're on the hunt for single women and men looking for a shot at true love," a statement read via its social channels.
Immediately, fans went into a frenzy at the seemingly obvious reveal—the bachelor chosen for this year could be queer, which is why producers are looking for both male and female suitors.
Brooke Blurton, who was the franchise's very first Indigenous and queer lead on The Bachelorette brought some long overdue representation to the series—here's hoping the producers listened to that reception.
However, it now seems as though it was simply a casting call for multiple bachelors.

When does 'The Bachelor Australia' 2022 premiere?

Like previous Bachelor seasons, 2022's instalment looks set to go to air sometime in July or August. We know this because Network 10 usually begins casting in January, with filming beginning around March.
Given the casting callout has gone live this year, the timeline matches up—bring it on!
This article will be updated as more news about The Bachelor Australia 2022 rolls in.
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