If you think you have what it takes to become a Bachelor or Bachelorette contestant, some of the rules may make you think twice about taking the gig.
Free travel, magnificent dates, and the chance to find your soul mate are good reasons to apply to become a Bachelor or Bachelorette contestant. Oh, and let’s not forget the perks you may get after the show, including some extra cash promoting products on social media.
However, the contract contestants sign may make the perks look a little less attractive, especially if producers make you appear to be a villain when you’re not. Aside from some of the rules that are a no-brainer (you can’t keep the ring if you break up), here are three things Bachelor/ette contestants can’t do once they on the dotted line.
Contestants can’t say this word
Okay, it’s obvious contestants shouldn’t drop an F-bomb while they film The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. But, if it happens, it’s easy enough to bleep it out.
However, there is one word that contestants are not allowed to use — if they do, the segment has to be re-taped.
The word? It’s “process.”
Producers apparently want contestants to use words like “experience” or “journey” instead. Supposedly it sounds better, but we’re so sick of hearing about “the journey”!
Cameras are on 24/7
This isn’t big news — we all know that cameras follow contestants around during dates, cocktail parties, etc. But that’s not all.
According to The Things, the Bachelor contract states that producers can film contestants 24/7 — even when you’re sleeping.
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Bottom line, there’s no privacy when you’re on the show unless you score a Fantasy Suite date. Even then, we have a feeling producers are lurking outside the door.
You must create your own entertainment
When you agree to become a contestant on the Bachelor, Bachelorette, or Bachelor in Paradise, you also agree to lose contact with the outside world.
With the exception of parents calling their children, contestants aren’t allowed to use their cell phones.
There’s no internet, no TV, and you can’t pick up the daily newspaper or a magazine.
Oh, and you can’t read a book, but you are allowed to bring a Bible.
In other words, you’d better hope you make a friend or two because you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting around the mansion or in a hotel room if you’re not on a date.