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“Honestly, the concept is crazy, absolutely crazy,” Mr. Mathew said. “You have to be of a certain mindset to enter a contest like that, I think it takes courage.”

But he says he has met attractive and interesting women on the show and hopes to fall in love.

“Love works in very mysterious ways,” he said. “It does come from the most random places sometimes, the most unexpected places, so why not TV?”

The odds of finding true love, however, appear to be against Mr. Mathew. His predecessor on the show, a Ukrainian-American ballroom dancer, split with his newfound fiancee shortly after the show ended last summer. Only one of the 15 seasons of “The Bachelor” in the U.S. resulted in marriage.

Compiled from Web and wire service reports.