To those of you who don’t buy into the drama of ABC’s two hit television shows: “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” I get it. I understand and respect your contempt for both shows. However, I am one of the approximately 8 million viewers who watch both “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” and I love it.
I shouldn’t love these shows. As a matter of fact, I hate how I much I love them. I mean, who actually gets left on an island while their now ex-boyfriend or girlfriend flies off in a helicopter with someone else?
Since it’s no secret that the shows are dramatized, why do I, and the rest of #BachelorNation , still make it a point to watch them every season?
- It’s fake, but at the end of the day it’s surprisingly relatable
Love makes people crazy, and what’s more crazy than 28 people vying for the heart of one person on reality TV? Yes, the show is crazy. However, the contestants are still real people. They want to be wanted. They miss opportunities, they get crazy nervous and they get extremely jealous just like we do. They get washed away in their tears and they have mental breakdowns. Lots of them. If you ask me, that’s pretty real.
- Rose Ceremonies
Rose ceremonies are always fun to watch, since drama tends to come out of nowhere. It’s undeniably hilarious when someone mistakes their own name for someone else’s. So awkward. Especially when the host, Chris Harrison, appears from nowhere and announces the final rose of the ceremony. And, for one reason or another, a contestant always gets pulled from the ceremony and asked to talk privately with The Bachelor or Bachelorette. *cue dramatic eye rolls*
- Contestants who use the show as a networking outlet or those who have a more “abstract” idea of what it means to be unemployed
Whether it’s to fall in love, score 15 minutes of fame or put their name out there, it’s entertaining to learn the contestants’ reasoning for signing up for the show. Also, we can’t forget those contestants who get pretty creative with the occupation section of their application. I’m still trying to figure out how Lucy Aragon of the 18th season of “The Bachelor” makes a living off of being a “Free Spirit.”
- The dates
I personally wouldn’t call these lavish excursions, “dates.” From private concerts to helicopter rides to skydiving adventures, the dates never disappoint (except the contestants who don’t hear their name on the date card). Wherever they go, it’s fascinating to see where they go next to “find love.”
- Cocktail parties
Cocktail party (noun) 1: An event where stealing someone’s boyfriend or girlfriend is considered okay. Also, cutting off their intense and honest conversation is widely acceptable. These two things usually don’t happen without snide remarks and catty conversation.
- Really, who doesn’t love a good rom-com anyway?
Everyone loves a good romantic comedy, am I right? “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” are no exception. These shows give you all the components of a good romantic comedy. You have the gorgeous couple, the person(s) who tries to break them apart and the person who tries to keep them together (thank you Chris Harrison).
I think fans and haters alike can agree that ABC’s true agenda is not for the contestants to “find true love.” After all, it’s a television show. They have casting calls, where actors and actresses audition to be on an extremely popular television network.
And at the end of the day, I still love both “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” and I always will.