Channel 5 set to bring back The Bachelor as potential Love Island rival

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

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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 eligble 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 is thought to be facing cancellation.

At last week's Edinburgh Television Festival, C5's director of programmes Ben Frow said he's "planned a year without Big Brother".

Frow did note that he is yet to make a final decision, saying he's "keeping all options open".

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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