By Ben Higgins
It’s no secret that if you participate on The Bachelor, you’ll receive lots of questions about the whole process. Like past bachelors, Colton Underwood is about to become an ambassador for everything Bachelor-related. It can be overwhelming, and I certainly learned a lot about the process through filming.
Since most people have given up asking about my love life, the majority of my Bachelor-related conversations involve burning questions from fans.
Below are some of the most popular questions I receive — and the behind-the-scenes details I discovered through the experience. If you don’t see your question below, comment on the MW Instagram and we’ll answer it!
Do you eat the food on dates?
No one ever told me I couldn’t eat the food on dates. The short answer is you can eat the meals if you want. However, the food and drink are really meant to fill up an open table.
The food is typically plated and set out hours before we actually sit down to talk. By the time we’re seated, the not-so-fresh food is cold and unappetizing. Some people still eat it; I only did once (a steak that had been screaming my name for hours while we filmed in Mexico City).
What’s it like to film everything?
Days can be long, exhausting, and tedious. Although the cast spends a lot of time sitting and waiting, they don’t actually have a lot of time to rest during the filming process. Although the show is real (see below for more on that), you must remember it is still a show, and typical production duties need to happen to ensure every moment is captured.
For example, the first night often lasts for more than 12 hours — and it starts at 7 pm! For the bachelor or bachelorette, a normal day starts at 8 am and ends around 1:30 am the next day. He or she may have a couple hours during the day to take a break, but those days are few and far between.
The cast’s days start around 8 am and end around 11 pm. However, if a contestant is not on a date, he or she has more free time to work out, nap, talk, and interview.
Is it scripted?
The show legally cannot be scripted. There is never a rehearsed line or scene. What you see is what you get. There are moments and scenes cut out of the show, however, there is never a moment where a producer scripts your words.
I was never told what to say during my filming process. The producers may know more than the bachelor or bachelorette, they may see things he or she does not, and they may even setup difficult situations for the person to confront.
The non-scriptedness of the show, however, is why I think the best bachelors and bachelorettes are the ones who can clearly articulate in difficult situations.
Do they tell you who to choose?
This is one of the most surprising questions for me. If the answer was “yes,” then the whole show would be false. The path to “love” is up to the bachelor or bachelorette. Granted, he or she does not know the contestants well during the first few weeks, so they have the potential to make incredibly poor choices.
In my opinion, the bachelor or bachelorette shouldn’t be judged for those decisions; they are often unaware of contestants’ actions. All I knew was what I saw, so I made many choices based on instinct during the first few weeks.
The producers on the show will be there as confidants, but they’re never the final voice concerning who to keep. In the end, it’s up to the bachelor or bachelorette to choose — and it’s up to the contestants to be themselves.
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