#10 Every Detail is Staged by Producers
As the drama series UnReal demonstrates, there is nothing real about what happens on the Bachelor, including the order people arrive at the mansion during the first episode. Those who arrive first are going to do well, while those who are featured only briefly are not serious contenders. And those costumes/dances/serenades and other opening stunts? They too are all stage managed by producers.
#9 They Bring Their Own Clothes
The one area that fans think the show controls, the clothing the contestants wear, is actually left to the people who are on the show to figure out. As a result, some people spent thousands of dollars in preparation for the show. During the most season of The Bachelor, Olivia said she spent $40,000 on clothes for a 10-week appearance.
#8 Contestants are Paid, but not All of Them
There have been major disputes about who gets paid for being on the show. While it’s clear that the bachelor and bachelorette gets paid, no one has confirmed just how much. Some say $100,000 is the standard amount, while others have claimed to get paid $30,000 or $250,000. The suitors, however, get nothing, unless they win, in which case they get a hefty fee.
#7 Contestants are Sequestered
Contestants are sequestered from the world like jurors on lockdown. They can’t communicate with their families and are not allowed cell phones, laptops, computers or other contact with the outside world. They also can’t read magazines, especially since the contestants are often on the covers of tabloids during filming.
#6 The Hometown Dates Use Fake Homes
It’s not at all unusual for the show to use fancy houses for the hometown dates that mark the Final Four. Since many people do not come from wealthy or large homes, producers will rent nicer houses or ask contestants to use a more “appropriate” relative’s home so it looks better on TV.
#5 Rose Ceremonies are Mind-Numbingly Dull
The centerpiece of every Bachelor episode is the rose ceremony, where the bachelor or bachelorette winnows down the contestants by handing out a red rose. The show milks the ceremony for maximum drama and suspense. However, in reality the rose ceremonies go on for hours, often until 3 or 4 in the morning and even until dawn!
#4 Nobody Eats
No one actually eats on those lavish dates. Although the dates are frequently in fancy restaurants, or at the very least romantic picnics with indulgent eats, no one is allowed to eat. That’s because eating will interfere with the sound. So every time you see JoJo and her suitors having deep discussions over candlelight, remember they are probably starving.
#3 Ring for Rent
Every season of the show features the bachelor selecting an engagement ring, just in case. But that ring is not necessarily theirs to keep. The rings are official property of the TV show. They have to give the ring back unless they remain engaged for two years. Since most contestants don’t make it six months, the show rarely loses a ring.
#2 “Process” is a Dirty Word
According to former Bachelor Sean Lowe, if a person uses the word “process” the producers make them start over and tape again. The people on the show aren’t supposed to emphasize or even lead on that filming is a process or a grind. Instead, they are encouraged to use the more romantic-sounding “journey” to explain what’s happening.
#1 The Show Does Not Provide Condoms
The most asked question about The Bachelor is what happens in the fantasy suite. The fantasy suite is the dates that happen at the end of the show right before the bachelor or bachelorette makes a decision about who to spend eternity – or the next eight weeks – with. Producers expect contestants to have sex but according to Courtney Robertson, the show doesn’t provide any condoms.