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TV's Original Bachelor Alex Michel Offers Advice to Bachelorettes, and the Bachelors They Spurn, When Seeking True Love

Sunday, January 12, 2003 - 23:24

Across the nation singles tuned in to the premiere of TV reality show "The Bachelorette," where in the same manner as the original "Bachelor" series, Trista will choose from among 25 eligible bachelors to find true love. Alex Michel, from the first season of "The Bachelor" and now a spokesperson for online dating site Match.com, has some dating advice for the nation's bachelorettes and bachelors.

"Whether you're a Bachelorette television star with 25 bachelors to choose from, or one of the millions of singles with profiles on Match.com today, who often have hundreds of compatible matches from which they can make their dating selections, so much of dating success depends on your choices," said Match.com spokesperson Alex Michel. "I encourage singles to follow both their heads and their hearts, as romantic magic is part strategy and part chemistry."

Match.com is a popular destination for singles seeking great dates as well as life mates, and if this season's soon-to-be rejected 24 bachelors believe there can be love after Trista, online dating can offer more opportunity and vastly improved odds at success. And TV bachelors who have had enough of the limelight are likely to enjoy online dating at Match.com, which is secure and anonymous in the early stages of the getting-to-know-you process.

Alex Michel has this advice to offer to real-life bachelorettes, and bachelors, on how to have more romantic opportunity in their dating lives:

  *  Join an online dating service:  You'll find many of today's eligible
     singles on the Internet.  In fact, more than 27 million people visited
     matchmaking sites in October of 2002, according to ComScore Media
     Metrix.
  *  Pick the service that is right for you:  Make sure to log on to an
     online dating site where you'll find the singles you'd most like to
     meet; the bachelors and bachelorettes you'll find on Match.com tend to
     be professional, attractive, college-educated singles who are sincerely
     looking for great dates.
  *  Be resolved to succeed:  In a recent Match.com survey, 32% of the
     singles surveyed said that their New Year's resolution would be to go
     on more dates or fall in love.  Be assertive when dating online and
     post a photo or send an email to a member who seems intriguing.
  *  Narrow down the field:  In the end, successful dating is all about
     making good choices, and just as TV's Bachelorette will eliminate many
     eligible bachelors, you'll need to narrow your choices based on the
     qualities that are most important to you.

  About Match.com

Match.com, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ticketmaster and part of USA Interactive, is a leading subscription-based online dating site. The Company's personals businesses, including Soulmates Technology, claim more than 653,000 paying subscribers and more than 8 million members with profiles posted or who are active users. Match.com offers adults worldwide a fun, private and secure environment for meeting other singles. The company estimates it is responsible for arranging hundreds of thousands of relationships for its members. Match.com powers paid online dating on MSN; The Excite Network's Relationship Channels; EarthLink; BET Interactive and is the premier provider of personals for Love@AOL, offering the Match.com service across AOL, AOL.com, CompuServe and Netscape.com. Match.com also offers events and vacation opportunities for singles through its sites MatchLive.com, operated by its affiliate, MatchLive, L.L.C., and MatchTravel.com.

SOURCE: Match.com

CONTACT: Kathleen Roldan of Match.com, +1-415-913-3136,

kathleenr@match.com

Web site: http://www.match.com/

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