The Bachelorette’s Brooke Blurton responds to the show’s dismal ratings

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Bisexual Bachelorette Brooke Blurton says she doesn’t care about the show’s dismal ratings because representing Indigenous and LGBTQI+ people on ‘mainstream TV’ is more important


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Brooke Blurton has revealed she was unconcerned about The Bachelorette’s poor ratings, and instead was more focused on the groundbreaking season’s significance.

The 26-year-old social worker was the show’s first Indigenous and bisexual Bachelorette, with both men and women vying for her heart.

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In an interview with news.com.au on Friday, Brooke said the disappointing ratings didn’t detract from what a momentous step it was for mainstream TV. 

Making history: Brooke Blurton (pictured) has revealed she was unconcerned about The Bachelorette's poor ratings, and instead was more focused on the groundbreaking season's significance

Making history: Brooke Blurton (pictured) has revealed she was unconcerned about The Bachelorette’s poor ratings, and instead was more focused on the groundbreaking season’s significance

‘I don’t like to think that I was just focused on the ratings, I was more focused on the progression and what that season meant for mainstream television,’ she explained.

‘We don’t see this type of representation happen for one, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and two, minority groups like the LGBTQI+ community. 

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‘I was really just focused on providing the right representation for both with integrity and the utmost respect, and I feel like I did that.

Pioneer: The 26-year-old social worker was the show's first Indigenous and bisexual Bachelorette, with both men and women vying for her heart

Pioneer: The 26-year-old social worker was the show’s first Indigenous and bisexual Bachelorette, with both men and women vying for her heart

‘I feel so proud of the ground we made on this season. It was a real step forward. The network had a lot of trust in me, I had a lot of trust in the network.’ 

She added: ‘We wanted to produce something that [was] all about getting the love back into the brand.’

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According to a report by Mumbrella on Friday, this year’s Bachelorette finale brought in the smallest audience since the show’s inception in Australia.

Breaking boundaries: In an interview with news.com.au on Friday, Brooke said the disappointing ratings didn't detract from what a momentous step it was for mainstream TV. Pictured with winner Darvid Garayeli

Breaking boundaries: In an interview with news.com.au on Friday, Brooke said the disappointing ratings didn’t detract from what a momentous step it was for mainstream TV. Pictured with winner Darvid Garayeli

It attracted 439,000 metro viewers for the final 15 minutes and 361,000 metro viewers in the lead-up, making it the least watched Bachelorette Australia finale.

Last year’s finale with sisters Elly and Becky Miles attracted 573,000 metro viewers, while Angie Kent’s season in 2019 brought in 992,000 metro viewers. 

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Brooke chose Darvid Garayeli in this year’s finale, telling him she was in love with him and presenting him with a ring.

Fairytale ending: Brooke chose Darvid Garayeli in this year's finale, telling him she was in love with him and presenting him with a ring

Fairytale ending: Brooke chose Darvid Garayeli in this year’s finale, telling him she was in love with him and presenting him with a ring

‘From the moment I met you, I felt a lot of feelings. I felt calm, I felt trusting…’ an emotional Brooke began.   

‘Look, I don’t know how to say this, but you came in here and you granted me three wishes. And I still have one left.’ 

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Sobbing, she added: ‘Darvid, will you make me the happiest girl… I love you so much.’    

'I don't like to think that I was just focused on the ratings, I was more focused on the progression and what that season meant for mainstream television,' she explained

‘I don’t like to think that I was just focused on the ratings, I was more focused on the progression and what that season meant for mainstream television,’ she explained

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