Channel 5 set to bring back The Bachelor with Mark Wright as host to rival Love Island

New series of the dating show reportedly filming in South Africa later this year

The Bachelor UK

Channel 5 is reportedly bringing The Bachelor back to the UK in a bid to rival ITV2 hit Love Island.

The dating contest sees 24 single women compete to win the affections of one hunky eligible bachelor.

Each week, the Bachelor gives roses to the ladies he wants to stick around - while those who don't get one are immediately eliminated.

It originally ran in the UK on BBC Three between 2003 and 2005, before moving to Channel 5 in 2011.

C5's first series was a success, with 1.6million viewers tuning in to see rugby player Gavin Henson choose Carianne Barrow as his then-girlfriend.

However, ratings collapsed below the million mark for the follow-up run in 2012, which featured reality star Spencer Matthews.

Now, six years later, the broadcaster is reviving The Bachelor for the second time.

According to Deadline, C5 has ordered a new ten-part series - the sixth overall - to air in 2019. Filming is due to begin in South Africa in the coming months.

The publication suggests bosses see the show as a competitor to Love Island, which has smashed ratings records for ITV2.

It could also serve as a partial replacement for Big Brother, which has been given the axe.

The Sun reports that Mark Wright will be hosting the series.

"Mark has already had an incredibly busy year presenting on [US TV show] Extra," a source said. “Now he’s getting ready to jet off again to front another show which is an amazing opportunity – but it means more time out of the country and being apart from Michelle [his wife].

“He’s really excited to get stuck in with the show though and looking forward to lending his professional dating expertise.”

While The Bachelor has struggled to break through in the UK, it has been a hit around the world.

In its native United States, the show is about to enter its 23rd season and has spawned several spin-offs, including gender-swapped version The Bachelorette.

Meanwhile, the Australian incarnation of the franchise is one of the highest-rating programmes on Network Ten.

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