A new contestant on The Bachelor – the American reality TV show – has had the Internet laughing after using an unusual technique to woo her potential partner.
Bri Barnes elected to pretend to have an Australian accent in order to stand out from fellow contestants, all of whom are fighting over the eligible bachelor Colton Underwood.
After the pair are introduced to each other on the show, Underwood, a former American Football player, says: “You’ve got a nice accent. Where are you from?”
The 24-year-old Barnes replies in her faux voice: “The accent, it’s Australian. I was hoping that you’re kind of a sucker for accents.”
Underwood then says he “loves” the accent, having seemingly been duped. The clip then cuts to Barnes speaking to the camera, saying matter-of-factly: “I’m not really Australian but you have to do what you can to stand out.”
Unsurprisingly, a clip of the moment went viral online, with fans poking fun at Barnes’s voice and questioning how long she would be able to keep up the charade.
The Bachelor is now entering its 23rd season. Underwood has appeared on the show’s two spin-offs, The Bachelorette and The Bachelor in Paradise. He told Good Morning America: “One thing I took pride in on both seasons was being true to who I am.
“It took all of that to get to where I’m at now and know who I am as a person and know what I want in a life partner.”
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