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Alana has Bachelor home advantage
Alana Wilkie and Blake Garvey. Picture: Supplied

Alana Wilkie is hoping her State of origin will give her a home advantage on The Bachelor this year.

The Perth bombshell is the last WA woman left on the Ten show after Sam Aghan and Emma Levitt were sent home in the first episode on Wednesday.

And considering leading man Blake Garvey also hails from WA, Wilkie now thinks their common ground will give her an edge of difference from the other contestants.

"I think us both being from Perth is an advantage because if you fall in love with someone on the other side of the country then one of you has to move," the 26-year-old tells AAA Weekend.

Wilkie is already off to a good start, having scored the only rose in the first group date of the current series.

After playing a bride in a staged photo shoot, Garvey whisked the brunette away for some one-on-one time, where she described the hunk as an "absolute gentleman".

But don't expect the former beauty queen, who was a national Miss Universe Australia finalist in 2010 and 2011, to engage in any game playing to win the Bachelor's heart.

"I didn't want to try and be someone I am not and for him to see that because if he is going to spend the rest of his life with me there is no point being someone that isn't me," Wilkie says.

"I wanted to be friendly and make friends with the other girls so they would be on my side during the show."

Despite her resolve to stay true to herself no matter what happens, Wilkie is still nervous about how she will come across on the small screen.

"Putting yourself out there on national TV is definitely nerve-racking because what you say and do could be interpreted by everyone differently," she says.

However, Wilkie adds the end result could be worth it.

"I wanted to be taken out of my comfort zone, meet a whole lot of new people and potentially fall in love," she says.

The West Australian

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