There's an age-old formula when it comes to The Bachelor.
Every season, each of the women are painted with a particular character.
From "the villain" who rubs all the women the wrong way to "the wifie front runner" who will more than likely win our Bachie's heart -you can always rely on the formula.
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And while these "titles" are relatively harmless, there's one that is just that little bit more brutal. The "stage-five clinger".
You know the one - the girl who instantly falls in love with Bach, expressing her desire over and over in the hopes that he will ultimately choose her for their happy every after - but is always brutally dumped for someone else.
Last season, it was Cass Wood - a 23-year-old finance student from Manly who already had a connection with Nick Cummins on the outside.
Throughout the painful experience, we bore witness to Cass falling head-over-heels in love with the Honey Badger; while she read sweet nothings from her journal, staring at him like a deer-in-headlights and finally, making it to the top four before being unceremoniously kicked to the curb.
It was a tough pill to swallow for everyone, but mostly Cass, who genuinely thought that she and Nick were a Bach-made in heaven.
Spoiler alert. They weren't and now she's found love elsewhere. And even though her story ended with a happily ever after, Cass was branded forever and always, a stage-five clinger.
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This year, it seems the producers have branded Emma Roche as the (not-so) coveted clinger.
A fashion brand manager from NSW, the 32-year-old is completely smitten with astrophysicist, Matt Agnew from the get-go.
When we first met the Irish lass on the red carpet, she comes in red hot - telling Matt that she is looking to settle down, after all she "loves love".
Of course, her cohort a quick to make quips that she's "a stage fiver"; that Emma's a little desperate and that she comes on too strong - but fast-forward to three weeks in and Matt has chosen her for a single date - because actually, Emma knows exactly what she wants.
"I thought there would be a connection, but I didn't know how strongly and quickly it would develop." Matt tells the producers. "The fact that Emma is so open and honest about what she wants, only makes me like her more."
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Yup - Matt LIKES this about her. It's attractive to him - here's a woman that knows exactly what she wants and how to get it.
As a single 33-year-old, I see right through the superficial "clinger" label for Emma.
If you think about it, she tells us that Matt "ticks all of her boxes" - and for someone who is in the same boat as her - let me tell you, this is a big deal. HUGE.
It's at this point that you really know who you are and exactly what you want from a relationship.
It's a time where "settling" is a no-go and you'd rather be completely single then wade through the bulls--t that is game playing, bad dates, (for the most part) dating apps and casual sex.
"You made an impression on me," Matt tells Emma during their date, and it's no wonder.
Emma is emotionally mature, goal-oriented and seriously has her s--t together and, frankly, it is perfectly fine that she is ready to settle down and build a life with someone.
In fact, knowing what you want and being ready for a commitment doesn't make you a crazy clinger - it's actually quite powerful - and for someone else who wants the same thing, i.e. Matt, it can be extremely attractive.
"I can't wipe the smile off my face," Matt tells the producers. "I know without a shadow of doubt that Emma's here to find love and she's here to get to know me."
And do you know what? Good for Emma. She may be little intense at times - but she knows exactly who she is and what she wants, and won't settle for less.
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