The latest season of Network Ten's popular reality series The Bachelor has just kicked off - and one local girl is already making her mark.
Liverpool's Areeba Emmanuel was a stand-out in the opening episode of new Bachelor Locky Gilbert's season, and is already making waves among the other contestants.
The 25-year-old told the Champion one of her biggest fears before heading into the show was not getting along with the other contestants.
"I was most nervous about not making any friends because of my strong personality," she said.
"Not everyone likes a bossy girl."
The home loan officer said she wasn't overly familiar with program before applying.
"I only ever watched the last season (Matt's season) of The Bachelor, and that was because I was already accepted and I wanted to see what was coming," Ms Emmanuel said.
"I am all about the crazy, fun and unique lifestyle, and going on The Bachelor was all of the above, so I had to apply and take my chance.
"I did not know Locky was going to be the Bachelor. In fact, I didn't even know who Locky was when I met him."
Mr Gilbert first came to prominence on Australian Survivor back in 2017, then returned earlier this year as part of Survivor All Stars.
Ms Emmanuel said her first impressions of Mr Gilbert were that he was "very tall and sweet", while host Osher Gunsberg was "so good at his job, super cool and nice".
She said she was confident when she applied that she would get her place on the show.
"It's really crazy, but after my audition, I kind of knew I got it," she said.
"I know it's crazy to think that, but I told my sister that I would be accepted.
"[When I got in, my family and friends] laughed and said, 'that's so Areeba'."
As the program's first entrant of Pakistani descent, Ms Emmanuel said she felt great pride in breaking the mould.
"It was an honour to be the first Pakistani girl on The Bachelor and national TV," she said.
"Girls from my country don't really get to do something like this, or they don't think they are good enough to do something like this.
"I want everyone to be inspired and motivated by me, and do whatever they want and not be scared about what 'other people' have to say.
"Do you, be you, and don't give a shit about what others have to say about it."
Ms Emmanuel said she was excited about having a "new experience, meeting new people and finding love" on The Bachelor, and said there was a lot for the viewers to enjoy.
"It's going to be a crazy ride," she said.
"Get ready for drama, laughter and cries."
The Bachelor airs 7.30 on Wednesdays and Thursdays on Network Ten.