Former Bachelorette contestant Harry Harris, who walked out of the mansion this week has revealed that the guys were hoping for Dancing with the Stars judge Sharna Burgess to be their Bachelorette.
The star, who has been on House Rules, voluntarily left the show on Thursday.
Speaking to Pedestrian since, he says that the guys were left “completely shocked” when they met sisters Elly and Becky Miles on the premiere episode.
Harry said: “All the boys were absolutely shocked, completely shocked, ‘cos everybody thought it was going to be Sharna from Dancing with the Stars.
“I sort of went in there with an open mind, so I wasn’t that surprised.”
In August, Sharna, 35, admitted that she had been very close to accepting the offer from Channel 10 to be the next Bachelorette, however she ended up turning down the role in the end.
“They offered it to me a couple of times actually because I judge Dancing with the Stars in Australia,” she explained during an interview on Demi Burnett’s Big Demi Energy podcas t.
“I considered it long and hard and thought about it, but it didn’t feel right for me.”
Sharna, who is based in Los Angeles, admitted that while she’s a huge fan of the Bachelor franchise, it would be extremely hard for her to settle with a man from Australia considering she lives in America.
“It didn’t feel like it lined up right, but who’s to say that next year it won’t? If I’m still 36 and single next year, I’ll be calling The Bachelor like, ‘Okay, let’s do this! I need some help’.”
The global coronavirus pandemic also played a role in her decision.
“It didn’t feel right for me this year, and then the pandemic hit and it’s postponed and all the things, but I was really excited about it for a period of time,” she said.
”I need a regular season and if it comes around again, then maybe that’s when it’s the right time,” she added.
Sharna also said it would “probably make more sense” for her to do the American version of The Bachelorette.
She claimed that Elly only went on The Bachelor – where she met Matt Agnew – solely to be The Bachelorette.
“I was not surprised at all because I know she wanted it. I’m pretty sure she went on The Bachelor to get The Bachelorette,” Rachael said.
She also discussed how it is known within the franchise that you have to do Bachelor In Paradise first, which Elly didn’t do.
Megan then explained the situation.
“What happened was the original Sharna Burgess pulled out because of COVID she was stuck in LA.
“They were like sh*t we have no one so they were like fine we will give it to you Elly, and then they dragged her sister along to add some spice.”
Rachael agreed, “Well she’s not that interesting, no offence Elly but your story will only go on for f***ing 10 minutes.”