Richie Strahan in a scene from the season finale of The Bachelor.
Richie Strahan in a scene from the season finale of The Bachelor. Channel 10

The Bachelor finale: 'It was pretty brutal'

A WOMAN is going to get her heart broken on The Bachelor tonight.

Richie Strahan can only choose to pursue a relationship with one of the reality dating show's two finalists: Nikki Gogan or Alex Nation.

Each woman will meet Strahan's mother and sister before meeting him one final time in the Bali-filmed episode to learn if her feelings are reciprocated.

Both single mum Alex and real estate agent Nikki have confessed to falling for Strahan, a rope access technician from Perth who rose to fame on the first season of The Bachelorette.

"To tell a girl that I'm not choosing her is one of the hardest things I've had to do; it was pretty brutal," Strahan told APN.

"It's something that I certainly struggled with. It's not a nice thing to do to someone."

Richie Strahan with Bachelor finalists Nikki Gogan, left, and Alex Nation.
Richie Strahan with Bachelor finalists Nikki Gogan, left, and Alex Nation.

But the 31-year-old said he was confident in his decision and had been for some time.

"Throughout the whole entire season there were constant moments that solidified in my mind who the right girl was," he said.

"There were so many moments I shared with her when I just thought this girl is definitely the one.

"Deep down what I felt with the girl I choose was real and I'd felt that for a while... it didn't come down to 40 minutes before I made the decision."

Strahan dismissed rumours he and his chosen woman are already engaged.

"You certainly can't believe everything you read in the magazines," he said.

"You've got to be able to crawl before you can walk. You've got to build a solid foundation with your partner before you get down on one knee."

The Bachelor finale airs tonight at 7.30pm on Channel 10.



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