15 years ago a reality TV show called the Bachelor began. 15 years ago I was 20 and watching the show with my dad. I’m pretty sure I saw the first three or four seasons when I was home from college on break. Then I didn’t really have time to watch it anymore and never really got back into it. But I know a lot of people that still LOVE to watch it and this year is supposed to be quite interesting. How do I know? I had the chance to sit down with the show’s host Chris Harrison and he gave me a beautiful rose and sat down for a long interview. I’m going to share a few of the highlights.
Tune in tonight, January 4 at 8pm ET on ABC to join in season 20 from the beginning and meet The Bachelor Ben Higgins. Ben was on last season’s The Bachelorette and confessed that he felt “unlovable” and he was not picked. Well he’s decided he’s ready to give love another chance and is this season’s bachelor handing out roses. Chris shared why they decided to go with Ben……..
Ben was an easy choice for us. It’s always nice when you have options and we did options this season. But it was a bit of a no-brainer. It’s nice when you have something that’s such an easy choice. You as the Bachelor Nation, if you watch the show, made that choice for us and we were all kind of 100% in. He’s just such a genuine, sweet, humble, good guy but as you see, he also has something that as a producer, is nice because there is that fragility and there’s that vulnerable side to him where he does have some issues to deal with and some things to get over. And I know, it’s hard to believe with a guy that looks like that, has issues.
I think we hit a home run with this guy. It’s a great season, he’s a good guy, the women are fantastic. When you have a guy that is a catch like Ben, obviously the level of interest and the level of competition brings us along so from night one it was on. When the women came in and saw what they were after, it was on. It’s a very interesting season. To go through with Ben, you’ve heard the idea of him having trouble believing that he can be loved, and finding love, it’s an arcing theme you’ll see throughout the season that he kind of deals with.
Chris said the girls that were picked are lively and there is even a set of twins oh my. How can a man choose between twins and will one of them try to backstab the other. Oh the drama. Chris said his favorite “drama date moment” was when Kelsey and Ashley were in the badlands and one was left in the desert.
Chris said that one of the reasons this show is so successful is that the raw emotion of people comes out on TV. The real person comes out and can’t be hidden.
There’s a point in the season when everybody just gets gutted. There is that bottom that you reach. Everybody has a different bottom when you go through something like that and inevitably, every Bachelor and Bachelorette gets kind of strung out, and that’s one of the great things about how we produce this show and this process that people probably outside the show don’t understand. It really does strip you down naked and then you kind of start new, and you start to build.
You can’t fake your way through this. Whether you’re one of the 25 or the guy or girl himself, you can’t fake your way through it, you just can’t. The first, maybe the second night. But you will be found out. Eventually you show up, your real self and that is kind of the duty of this show. We yell at our TV screens and oh my God, why, get rid of that person. Don’t you see what’s going on? First of all, they don’t. They don’t get to see everything we do. But eventually they do get found out. You get shown for who you are. Kudos to the producers and the process that we created that kind of exposes that.
If you haven’t seen the show in a while you should probably give it another chance. The show has changed it had to change because social media has changed. There wasn’t social media 20 years ago, there wasn’t a blog space and we communicate with each other differently. It’s a lot harder now to keep a secret because of how we share information. And this season has 24 hours of programming when season one only had 6. It’s going to be really interesting this year and I recommend that you give it a chance.