Police officer Michelle Paxton is the latest Bachelor contestant to leave the mansion, and she’s been quick to tell us what she really thinks: that Matty J is no match for last season’s Richie Strahan.
“Appearance wise, if I saw them both in a bar, I’d go for Richie before Matty,” the 31-year-old says, revealing she actually auditioned for Richie’s season but didn’t make it through.
“They called me back for Matty’s season,” she reveals, before adding that she had asked the show’s producers if she could leave two weeks before she was axed.
“He’s not the type of guy I usually go for,” she explains. “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with him, he’s a great guy, but I usually go for someone a bit rougher around the edges, a bit blokier.”
“It was actually a relief to leave when I did,” she adds. “I felt like leaving a few weeks before then, so it was quite exciting [not to get a rose] because I wanted to see my family again.”
She says the feeling was mutual, and that off air, she and Matty worked out pretty quickly that they didn’t have a connection – but none of their one-on-one time made it to TV.
As for who she thinks will win? Michelle says her money’s on Elise, Florence and Laura. “He’s got his main three that he’s very attracted to,” she reveals.
Which has us wanting to know: but what about Tara?!
Michelle seems surprised we'd even think Tara was a frontrunner. “I think that’s more of a friendship than anything. I just don’t think she’s right for Matty," she says, adding that the show is definitely cut to fit in with whatever story the producers are intent on telling.
Michelle also dished on controversial contestant Elora. “She fell for Matty pretty early on and was very protective over their relationship, I think she thought it was unique, when actually, everyone’s going on dates with him and kissing him,” she says. “Elora’s a very strong personality and I think she was just too masculine for Matty.”
Now that Michelle’s returned to the real world, she’s back at work and still looking for love – Richie, we hope you’re reading.
This article originally appeared on Marie Claire.