In Defense of the Bachelor

“Mom, what are you watching?”

“The Bachelorette, Rose. Stop interrupting!”

I roll my eyes staring at the TV.  Who watches this anyway?

Then —  before I knew it — I was trapped. I was asking myself crazy questions like “Who is Jojo going to choose?” or “How does she even like Chad? He is crazy!”

I began joining fantasy teams, I had my top four picks and I swore Jordan was going to win (which he did.) Before I knew it I was an active member of this fandom, I started watching every single one of the shows from The Bachelor franchise and I started following all of the cast members on Instagram.

I used to hide the fact that I was an avid Bachelor fan but now I’m not afraid to admit my guilty pleasure. That being said, my friends and I (and all of those who do watch) are judged for loving The Bachelor by our peers, which I find ridiculous!

So, here are five reasons why The Bachelor is the most amazing show on prime time television (and why I should stop being judged for watching it).

1. The Bachelor undeniably has the best TV villains, and they are real people — not fictional characters. Part of the reason I got so hooked on The Bachelorette last year was because of Chad. Who is Chad? you may be wondering, well Chad is an icon. Chad was in short an animal; he ate sweet potatoes like apples, his friend on the show compared him to “Hitler” and the guys in the house even referred to him as “Chad Bear.” Amazing television. On this past season of The Bachelor, the season villain is Corinne, a true queen. On her first group date she spoke to the bachelor Nick a whopping three times when usually contestants only speak to the lead once that night in respect of the other girls. Corinne spoke with him once, then interrupted someone and spoke to him again. Then, she interrupted him and another girl and then that girl came back to get more time with Nick while Corinne was with him, she got so upset and claimed that “she re-interrupted me!”  Yes, we are talking about a true reality T.V. idol here, and The Bachelor is worth the watch because of the amazing yet terrifying antiheroes of the show.

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The two best Bachelor villains Corrine (far right) and Chad (middle) together at last, I ship! Photo courtesy of Chad’s Instagram @realchadjohnson.

2. Although The Bachelor’s post show relationships don’t have the best track record (only six couples are still together today, after 30 seasons of the franchise), when the couples last it is so sweet and exudes the power of #relationshipgoals. For instance, Trista and Ryan from the first season of The Bachelorette have been married for 14 years and have two kids. And how could we forget Sean and Catherine — from the 17th season of The Bachelor — who are married and just had their first baby, and he is absolutely precious. The last two seasons of The Bachelorette have brought super cute couples that have lasted as well. What is nice is since they are real people you can follow them on Instagram and watch their love story blossom even after the show has finished. I’m crazy for being so obsessed with these couples but I can’t help it!

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JoJo giving winner Jordan the final rose on last year’s season of The Bachelorette. They are still together and engaged! Photo courtesy of The Bachelor

3. Particularly on The Bachelor (since it is all female contestants) there are some serious fashion moments. On the first evening, all the women get out of the limo to meet the bachelor and each of them are wearing ball gowns.  Throughout the season, they all want to look their best; the girls are dressed to the nines and observant spectators are given a constant flow of free inspiration for their own style choices. The best, though, is when a girl gets out of the limo in a super tacky dress and you just sit there thinking… bless her heart, where is Joan Rivers when you need her?

4. It is hilarious. Throughout the show the drama is petty and it is absolutely amazing because it makes you feel so much better about yourself. You would think that the drama would only be crazy on The Bachelor because of it being an all girl cast but, actually, the drama is just as bad on The Bachelorette. Yes, the idea is kind of crazy — 25 women and men fighting for one guy or girl — but it truly sparks the most amazing TV craziness and easily hooks you into the drama.

5. The show has its cringe moments, which I love! The bachelor tends to stare into the distance at birds, the ocean and flowers when he is sad.  HILARIOUS.  Like… who does that?

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Last years bachelor Ben staring into the distance confused. Photo courtesy of The Bachelor official Facebook.

6. The show never ends! It has been running since the early 2000’s and has added more shows to the franchise like Bachelor in Paradise. At the beginning of the year there is The Bachelor and then during summer we get our healthy dose of The Bachelorette, and then at the end of the summer Bachelor in Paradise comes along to satisfy our withdrawal pains.  Essentially, the whole year you have these gems of the Bachelor franchise to look forward to.

Moral of the story: don’t judge a book by its cover (and don’t make fun of my favorite guilty pleasure) before you take the time to watch it. I guarantee you, too, will be obsessed. I’ll say you’re welcome in advance.

Author: Rosie Hogan

Rosie Hogan is a senior and one of the co editors of The Eye. Rosie has lived in Singapore for the majority of her life but goes back home to the states for her summers. When she’s not busy writing you can find her eating grilled cheese sandwiches, jamming out to Taylor Swift and watching Criminal Minds. She can be contacted at hogan33482@sas.edu.sg.

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