June 28, 2004 12:00 PM

THE SURVIVOR

COLBY DONALDSON

AGE: 30

HEIGHT: 6 FT.

To outwit, outlast and outplay the competition for his heart, a girl must be road-trip ready. “There’s no more intimate time than being stuck in a car with someone for 10 hours.”

THE NEW GUY

VADIM DALE

AGE: 28

HEIGHT: 6 FT.

His boy-picks-girl series Outback Jack premieres next week on TBS. “I thrive on making women feel protected,” says the Aussie-born Dale. “I would jump in front of a bus for a woman.”

THE HIRE

BILL RANCIC

AGE; 33

HEIGHT: 6’3″

Aggressive women need apply! “Honest to God, I’m shy,” he admits. “Even now I can’t just walk up to a girl in a bar. I’m not wired that way.”

THE ABOVE AVERAGE JOE

JASON PEOPLES

AGE: 27

HEIGHT: 5’10”

His romance with Melana Scantlin was short-lived, but “I’m usually in long-term relationships,” he says. “I think maybe I feel comfortable in a relationship.”

STILL AVAILABLE

They didn’t win the competition, but these runners-up are still tops

THE APPRENTICE

KWAME JACKSON

AGE: 30

HEIGHT: 6’2″

Still waiting for his divorce to be finalized, Jackson is “just meeting people, dating and enjoying life,” he says. “I am very selective about the women I go out with. But I don’t know if I’m looking for anything serious right now,”

THE BACHELORETTE 2

MATTHEW HICKL

AGE: 28

HEIGHT: 6’2″

Single since Meredith Phillips opted for Ian McKee, Hickl says his broken heart came with a valuable lesson. “While filming, you only have one shot to get to know someone,” he says. “Now, I am a much better communicator.”

THE BACHELORETTE

CHARLIE MAHER

AGE: 30

HEIGHT: 6’3″

The competition for Trista Rehn was nothing compared to finding true love in L.A. “It’s like guerrilla warfare,” laments Maher. “I can’t stop being a bachelor. It’s very hard to find someone who’s quality.”

THE APPRENTICE

NICK WARNOCK

AGE: 28

HEIGHT: 6’1″

“I don’t have a girlfriend, but I am entertaining offers,” says Warnock. “It’s really hard to trust women’s motives. On a date, I may pick her up in my ’98 Chevy truck instead of the Beamer. It throws them off guard.”

A NEW CROP OF SINGLE GUYS

The stakes get higher, the plots get twistier, but the great catches just keep coming

PRESTON MERCER

AGE: 25

HEIGHT: 6’1″

The Denver mortgage broker is the latest suitor on NBC’s For Love or Money. The women don’t know how much they’re playing for—but Mercer does. His father, Gary, says he is trying to find someone who has the same values his mother has: “I always tell him, I already found her and you’re out of luck.”

JONATHAN ANTIN

AGE: 36

HEIGHT: 5’11”

He’s the star of Bravo’s Blow Out, which chronicles the opening of his Beverly Hills salon. “The fairy tale, Romeo and Juliet, love at first sight: That’s what I want,” says Antin. “I can’t wait to be a dad.”

TIM POSTER & TOM BREITLING

AGE: TIM (LEFT), 35; TOM, 35

HEIGHT: TIM, 5’7″; TOM, 5’9″

Before buying the Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in January, Poster and Breitling won big when their online travel company Travelscape.com sold for $105 million in 2000. They hope their luck holds as they try to restore the 58-year-old Golden Nugget to its heyday with cameras rolling on FOX’s The Casino. “I like old-fashioned girls,” says Poster, “someone who wants to be a good mother.” Adds Breitling: “We’re having fun with our business, but it would be great to find someone to share it with.”

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