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Spy: Yes, ladies, this is your new Bachelor

New Bachelor Jordan Mauger.
New Bachelor Jordan Mauger.

He's dated a former Bachelorette. He doesn't mind wearing make-up. And he's good at keeping secrets.

The revelations keep coming as the strange addiction that is The Bachelor NZ kicks off tonight on TV3.

And three people will be paying closer attention than most to the romantic shenanigans of Bachelor No 2 Jordan Mauger - his acting buddies Ben Barrington, Will Hall and Millen Baird.

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Mauger is the last cab off the rank of the four when it comes to love. In their day, they were quite the lad pack - and expect them to have a say on his choice of bachelorette.

Jordan Mauger and Will Hall at the NZ Film Festival. Photo / Supplied
Jordan Mauger and Will Hall at the NZ Film Festival. Photo / Supplied

"Naturally, Will Hall approves every aspect in my romantic life. Now he only has eyes for one woman, his wife, and thus his guidance in courting is somewhat redundant," Mauger told Spy.

Hall is excited for his friend and Westside co-star who, when in town, is a "sometimes" flatmate in the West Auckland house they bought as an investment together.

"He is bloody good at keeping a secret, but as soon as it was confirmed last week, we understood why he had been sneaking out a lot. A sudden fitness regime, the teeth whitening and manscaping his full body of hair all made sense," Hall told Spy.

Jordan Mauger and Will Hall. Photo / Supplied
Jordan Mauger and Will Hall. Photo / Supplied

"We know there will be a few hearts broken out there. Jordy is a great catch. He is the most charming of the four of us and he is very, very funny.

"Have they cleaned up his social media accounts yet? He is not afraid to show off what he has got."

And that is entirely confirmed by this pic we discovered of Mauger in makeup to support breast cancer awareness.

New Bachelor Jordan Mauger.
New Bachelor Jordan Mauger.

Hall thinks Mauger will be up for a lot more loving in the house than Art Green was.

"Hell, yes. It will be wasted TV if they cut out his passionate side, but we all believe no matter what shenanigans he gets up to, he is definitely entering the show for the right reasons.

"I'm looking forward to him showing off our home town of Christchurch."

There was much hilarity at the discovery this week that Mauger and Green had Chrystal Chenery in common - Mauger dated her a few years back.

Mauger told Spy Chenery was a good friend and through her, he'd met several of last season's bachelorettes.

So what can the winning bachelorette expect on a dream date? "My dream date will be blue cod burgers at the end of the Akaroa wharf in the evening. No cameras, no timelines, no worries."

* nzherald.co.nz will have a full review of tonight's debut of The Bachelor NZ. Check back at 8.30pm.

- Spy.co.nz

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