As we all know, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette series has been helping young people fall in love in a completely unconventional way since it in 2002. The series, switching off from male contestants to female contestants fighting for a potential proposal in the end has America hooked on the idea that contestants can fall in love in the short period of a three month span. Let’s be real. Do all the contestants who sign up for this series actually believe they are going to find their future husband/wife. Absolutely not! More so, it’s good for helping people get famous. Before the show most contestants have a semi-normal occupation and semi-normal lives. Some contestants add their everyday occupation to their tagline such as doctor, lawyer, dentist etc. But, others include a fake and humorous occupation such as this season’s Bachelor, Colton being a “virgin” and one of the early contestants occupations being a full-time “sloth.” Although some people on the show have successful jobs, others take full advantage of the popularity and fame what comes from the show to make money. What better way is there for failing Instagram influencers to get their name out there than by being a contestant on a reality television show?
Looking back on previous seasons we can identify a handful of contestants who epically failed in the dating department, but launched their career as an influencer shortly after not receiving a rose at the dreaded rose ceremony. Let’s take Corinne Olympios for example. Corrine debuted on season 21 of The Bachelor, featuring bachelor Nick Viall. Corrine’s outrageous personality quickly shocked America as she admitted to having a Nanny in her 20’s while running a multimillion dollar business. It became apparent to viewers that Corinne was there for the sole purpose of gandering fame. When Nick sent her home, she continued running her multimillion dollar business, but also became involved in modeling, acting, working in music videos, and becoming an Instagram influencer. She now has over 700,000 followers.
We can also look at JoJo Fletcher as a contestant who was just in it for the fame. After being the runner up in a “heartbreaking” breakup with bachelor Ben Higgins, JoJo got her own shot at love in her own season. JoJo ended up engaged to former NFL player, Jordan Rodgers. Even years after her proposal, JoJo has not shied away from the fame. JoJo is now an influencer for FitFabFun boxes along with numerous other products on Instagram and has appeared on red carpets and various talk shows.
The ultimate question stemming from the context of whether it’s just a way for normal people to gain fame and quit their 9-5 jobs? Or do contestants actually believe they can fall head over heels in love with a complete stranger in the span of three months while basically being in an open relationship the entire time? Seems pretty questionable, right? The Bachelor makes the idea of love pretty believable by traveling to extravagant destinations, going on picturesque dates and cutting out any scenes of what a normal relationship entails.
Season 23 of The Bachelor featuring Colton Underwood is shaping up to be the most dramatic series Bachelor Nation has seen yet. With all the hype surrounding Colton’s virginity, many of the women on the show have questioned other contestants intentions. Demi stirred up major controversy in Singapore when she joked that she was going to take Colton’s virginity on their one on one date. Of course, the other women and Colton did not appreciate her blatant comment which sent her home without a rose. 23 year old Demi, was not favored by the other women in the bachelor mansion during her time on the show and was continually questioned for not being there for the right reasons.
Overall The Bachelor and Bachelor Nation series is a product of the power of reality television and shows viewers exactly what they want to see. But, beyond the good looking people, competitiveness, and romance, what really stems from this show is the fame. Americans are hooked on this show because many the cast starts out as normal people like you and me. The whole concept behind the glamour is the fact that some of these people went from rags to riches by appearing in only a few episodes. This concept makes viewers interested because it makes fame look easy and effortless.