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Top 5 Surprising Behind-the-Scenes Facts about The Bachelor

VO: Lisa Yang
Script written by Savannah Sher Have you ever wanted to know some juicy secrets about The Bachelor and the Bachelorette? In this countdown we take a look a Top 5 Surprising Facts about the two reality shows. Did you know that on the show contestants are cut off from the world? It would seem that the producers are seriously committed to keeping distractions to a minimum. The only entertainment… is competition. Did you know that constestants pick their own clothes? Of course, the bachelor and bachelorette are given access to the best clothes and provided with a stylist – ensuring they look incredible at all times.
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Top 5 Surprising Facts About The Bachelor and Bachelorette

Buckle up, because when love meets reality tv, nothing is what it seems. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 5 Surprising Facts About The Bachelor/Bachelorette.

For this list, we’ll be looking at some lesser-known facts related to The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

#5: Contestants Are Cut off from the World

Contestants on “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” have to respect some odd rules. For instance, they are not allowed to use cell phones or the internet for the duration of the shoot. Allegedly, this is done to ensure that the contestants are not distracted by the outside world and thus more focused on falling in love. Practically though, it helps avoid spoilers or leaks. The restrictions don’t end there though. Access to movies, television, even music, are often severely restricted. In some seasons, contestants have reported being told they couldn’t bring books. It would seem that the producers are seriously committed to keeping distractions to a minimum. The only entertainment… is competition.

#4: Contestants Undergo Psychological Evaluations

Consider this: contestants on “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” are asked to compete against 25 others for the affection of one person. Even under ideal conditions, this is a scenario one can’t really prepare for. As such, each contestant must complete a rigorous screening to determine whether or not they will be able to handle the stress of being on the show - among other things. This process requires them to spend a weekend in a hotel room where they’re interviewed and asked to fill out questionnaires allegedly containing over 1,000 questions. They then meet with a private investigator, a psychologist, and are eventually asked to give blood and urine samples. Talk about serious vetting.

#3: Contestants Don’t Eat During One-On-One Dates

Ah yes, the one-on-one date - the ultimate way for the bachelor / bachelorette to show which contestants they are leaning towards. It usually involves an extravagant activity followed by a candlelit dinner; where gourmet food is served and…never eaten? If you don’t believe us, go back and check it out for yourself. A shot of food will almost always be included but the people on the date never touch it. Why you ask? Because eating on camera can be ugly, not to mention the fact that every lip-smackingly disgusting sound is picked up by the microphones. Instead, producers allow those on the date to eat at a hotel before shooting begins. Ah the magic of television!

#2: Rose Ceremonies Last for Hours

The rose ceremony has become one of the Bachelor franchise's most enduring images – a man or woman standing alone with a single rose in hand, as viewers from around the world wait to see who he or she will choose. Little do they know that the rose ceremony is pretty much an all-night affair, especially the first ones. You see, numerous cameras are used during the shooting of the rose ceremony and each one needs to be repositioned after a contestant’s name is called. Add it all up and you have a process that can sometimes last until 4:00am.

#1: Contestants Bring Their Own Clothes

With a few exceptions, contestants are, for the most part, responsible for providing their own clothing. They receive a lootbag upon entering the mansion, but they can’t count on it. Given that they need to look their best each and every day, many contestants spend a small fortune on their wardrobe beforehand. This fend for yourself policy also extends to hair and makeup - the only time contestants will have their hair and makeup professionally done is prior to their introduction and, should they make it that far, the finale. Of course, the bachelor and bachelorette are given access to the best clothes and provided with a stylist – ensuring they look incredible at all times.
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