The Bachelor

Series 1 - Gavin Henson

Gavin Henson talks first impressions, dream dates and awkward eliminations in our need-to-know introduction to The Bachelor.

Series 1 - Gavin Henson

Famed for his athletic ability, will to win and perfect body, Gavin Henson isn't just a hit on the rugby pitch; he also happens to be one of the country's most eligible bachelors - and now he's ready to meet his Miss Right.

As star of Channel 5 reality show The Bachelor, Gavin will have his pick of 25 of the most attractive women in the UK, from top models to ambitious career women, and through a series of group dates and individual meetings will be hoping to find his chosen one.

Here, in our round of quick-fire questions, Gavin talks first impressions, dream dates and awkward eliminations as he shares his thoughts on the experience so far.

What are you looking for in your perfect match?

I’m looking for a girl who is supportive, caring, affectionate, honest, interesting and happy.

Do you have a particular type?

No type, but I obviously have to be attracted to her. The personality is the keeper.

What were your initial impressions of the girls?

First impression of all the girls was, 'Wow, this is intimidating!' They all looked beautiful.

What’s the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?

I first notice the eyes and her smile.

What will the girls need to do to impress you?

I’m not sure about impressing me; it’s about them being themselves. I like a girl who has self-confidence and who enjoys life.

I like a girl who has self-confidence and who enjoys life.

How do you decide who to eliminate?

I’ll eliminate a girl if there’s no connection or she’s playing games.

What can we expect from the group dates?

The group dates should be fun. I’m dreading the two to one dates, where I have to eliminate one of them in front of the other!

What’s your idea of a dream date or night out?

A nice meal with a couple of glasses of very expensive wine in a top restaurant, followed by a club to go dancing.

It surprised me how positive the girls were about me being a single dad of two.

Has anything about the experience surprised you?

It surprised me how positive the girls were about me being a single dad of two.

Has it taught you anything about yourself?

It's taught me not to get nervous in a girl's company; it always intimidated me to approach a girl.