To add to your list of international fans, I’m from Melbourne Australia and had to tell you how much I enjoy your site. I would like to think of myself as a person of reasonable intelligence with an unfortunate weakness for car crash TV and of course the Bachelor group of shows fulfills that need perfectly!!
My question for you is how many of the contestants are selected from the general ‘casting call’ that is advertised at some point every season and how many are specifically cast by the producers from others sources such as modelling/talent agencies? How many applicants do they get from the casting call and how do they do the cull?
Wouldn’t it be great if they showed an Idol type montage of some of the delusional hopefuls? If some of these people are the best of the bunch, I’d LOVE to see the worst!
Thanks again Steve – you are proof that Yanks can be cynical AND intelligent AND funny (who knew?)
Comment: I don’t know the exact number. Too hard to pinpoint. I definitely think quite a few are. But there are also contestants every season that are referred to by agencies, former contestants, etc. That’d be neat if they showed people’s audition videos. I think the only one I really remember seeing footage of was Ali’s. They showed it during that 20/20 special.
I really love your blog, probably even more than I enjoy watching the actual shows.
I agree with you when you write about Jake being a reality whore. Who do you think from this season of BP will try to cash in on their notoriety?
Thank you for the entertainment!!
Comment: That’s an easy question: All of them. In some form or another, every single one of them will use their appearance on this show and try to parlay it into something else. Whether it be acting, or doing something locally in their hometown, or modeling, plastic surgery, etc. They all will try to capitalize, as they should. It’s just some are more delusional than others and think that being on a summer show for 6 weeks somehow means they’re a bigger deal than they really are. It’s what the show has become now. Every single person who goes on “Bachelor”, “Bachelorette”, or “Bachelor Pad”, is definitely doing it for the free vacation and the travel, but deep down knows that A) they’ll get more attention when they go back home from members of the opposite sex and B) it could possibly lead to something else. The show has become the #1 reality show in the tabloids, and that plays a HUGE role in why people are doing it now moreso than they used to.
First off, I love your column–so funny & true. Wondering about Vienna & Erica’s friendship. Erica is constantly calling Vienna trailer trash but Vienna made it seem like they were friends in her plastic surgery story that appeared in US magazine. What gives?
Comment: Erica knows how to work the camera. She says a lot of things for effect, and it was no different than what she said about Vienna. If there was really bad blood, Vienna wouldn’t have gotten a nose job on the house by Erica’s father. These people aren’t actors in real life, but you gotta hand it to some of them, they are actually pretty good in front of the camera in terms of giving us good sound bites and stuff to talk about amongst friends the next day.
I started with the Bachelor straight out of college so I’m 32 now. I know Gwen did her stint on Bachelor Pad last season and everyone gave her a hard time about being “old” which is a bit weird since most of these contestants are late 20s/early 30s. No 1990 babies here.
But I really want to know is what are the “original” contestants up to? Like Charlie from Trista’s season or Helene from that 2nd Bachelor dude or Tina from Firestone’s season. Or even Shannon from the very first Bachelor. Those are the ones I am curious about.
But I guess ABC only caters to seasons not more than a few years old??
Anyway I guess a deep Google search will have to do though I did try hard to find stuff on Charlie Maher from Trista’s season and come up with nada.
Comment: No idea about the people you mentioned. And sorry, but I don’t really care either. The minute the season ends, unless someone is constantly staying in the news, I tend to forget about them. I’ve already moved on to spoiling Ben’s season, so what Charlie Mather is doing now really is of no importance to me. I don’t even know who Shannon is since I never watched that season.