WANTS A MAN: “Bachelorette” Nikki Quinlan.
WANTS A MAN: “Bachelorette” Nikki Quinlan. NETWORK TEN

Our surfer Nikki not Tim’s type

NOW you see her. Now you don't.

That's how quickly Coolum's Nikki Quinlan disappeared from Ten's new TV reality show, The Bachelor Australia.

In the first episode, aired on Sunday night, The 23-year-old beauty was one of 25 "bachelorettes" vying for the affections of hunky Sydney chiropractor Tim Robards.

After a few hours of chatting awkwardly with the women, Robards had to choose 20 to move on to the next round of dates in the show's signature rose ceremony.

But Robards passed over the professional skateboarder, model and surfer despite commenting on her physical fitness and taking the time to have a one-on-one chat with her.

Nikki said she auditioned for the show because she hoped to meet "the guy of my dreams".

"To get turned down on the first rose ceremony is a little bit scary," she said.

While the 23-year-old competes in skateboarding competitions across Australia and overseas, she was not used to competing in the dating arena.

"I'm definitely a little bit competitive but, in saying that, I've never had to compete for a man before," she said.

"I think when it comes to love, it's more about how happy you are."

Nikki was one of the youngest women on the show and Robards is seven years her senior.

"I think it's really hard to meet a mature guy. That's my main problem," she said.

"I meet a lot of boys, but not a lot of men.

"I want to find someone who's a bit grown up."

And while a TV show seems like a strange way to find a date, the franchise has a surprising success rate. Around the world, The Bachelor shows have resulted in 10 weddings and five babies. And 60% of Bachelor series have ended in a proposal.

Only time will tell if the Australian bachelor will find the woman of his dreams.

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