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The Bachelor UK winner 'revealed by cast member before first episode'

UK Bachelor

The winner of The Bachelor UK 2019 was reportedly revealed before the first episode even aired.

The dating contest, which sees single women compete to win the affections of one hunky eligible bachelor, returned to Channel 5 this week.

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Returning after seven years since the last series, the new season features 31-year-old Alex Marks as The Bachelor.

Each episode he'll hand out roses to the ladies he wants to stick around - while those who don't get one are immediately eliminated.

Filmed last year in South Africa, it's claimed that the winner was leaked over the weekend before the first episode.

According to the Daily Star newspaper, one of the ladies - Tonique Campbell - spilled all.

"Tonique was out in Soho last week and started openly telling people who won the show," a source said. "She didn't seem to care who could hear her."

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The insider added: “This leak is hugely embarrassing for Channel 5. For the winner of the show to have leaked before the first episode has even aired is disastrous."

The Bachelor began on Monday, March 4 and continues week nights on Channel 5.

In the first show, a shock twist saw the girls immediately vote to evict two girls. Faran Cooper and Natasha Mazaheri received the most votes from their fellow ladies and were given the axe.

Then, the first rose ceremony saw Chloë Adlerstein and Lois Bowden become the first two ladies eliminated by The Bachelor, Alex.

The other women currently on The Bachelor UK include 30-year-old Circus Performer Georgina Leahy, 26-year-old PA Abbey Carter and 32-year-old Account Manager Victoria Bailey.

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They're joined by 28-year-old Professional Bollywood Dancer Robyn Tollady, 36-year-old Full-time Model Charlotte Edwards, 23-year-old Freelance Makeup Artist Frankie Maddin, 28-year-old Brand Manager at Selfridges Tonique Campbell and 25-year-old Belly Dancer and Model Claudia Sowaha.

Completing the line up are 29-year-old Journalist Gabriella, 28-year-old Full-time Model Reanne Brown, 25-year-old Events Co-ordinator Alica Oates, 24-year-old Financial Analyst Lily Douse and 21-year-old Hairdresser Tara Walls.