Ah, "The Bachelor." The most dramatic show on television along with its siblings, "The Bachelorette" and "Bachelor in Paradise." It's a franchise built upon true love and heartbreak, and I'm totally here for it. Your chance at winning over the heart of the Bachelor or Bachelorette is slim, but you know what's not? Making some badass friends during your time on the show.
I've never even watched "The Bachelor" up until Jojo's season. I was skeptical at first; I thought the show was just one big hoax. But immediately, the drama and ridiculousness of it all sucks you in. It's addicting. It's fun to watch 20 something men/women vie for the heart of their suitor, but for me, that's not the most intriguing part. Providing they make it far enough into the season, they get to travel all across America and even the world. Imagine all the food they get to try and the cultures they get to experience. There's always even some crazy date planned that involves something unique to the location.
Just think about being thrown together with 10-20 something other people, along with all of their baggage (both physically and emotionally). There are no cell phones or really any outside contact at all. You're probably spending more time with each other than you are with the Bachelor or Bachelorette. Because if you've watched the show, you know one-on-one dates are reserved for the more "serious" contenders, and not everyone gets this luxury. Friendships are bound to come out of this weird experience.
And these friendships aren't just something you forget about when you're booted off the show. Many of the contestants still stay in contact and even hang out on a regular basis. If you take a look at any of their Instagrams, you'll see this is true. But let me warn you, their feeds will give you some serious FOMO. Not only do they casually get brunch together in their hometowns, but they get to do even more traveling across the country. Whether it's meet and greets, sponsorships, ad campaigns, charity work or simply vacationing, they're always somewhere cool living their best lives.
It doesn't stop at just traveling. Once you've become a fan favorite on the show, your social media following skyrockets. A lot of followers means a lot of consumers, so naturally, former contestants go on to do paid sponsorships. Sunglasses, hair growth gummies, watches, fitness wear, you name it. Then seeing all the beautiful photoshoots they get to do, especially with each other, makes me highkey jealous.While some of them may not have found love with the Bachelor or Bachelorette, they did find love within Bachelor Nation. Think Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon, Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk (my favorites), Carly Waddell and Evan Bass. And the list goes on. So not only did they each gain some BFF's on their journey, but they even got to fall in love after all. Sounds like a win-win to me. Basically what I've gathered from watching "The Bachelor" is that even if you get your heart broken on national television, you're still likely to walk away with some kickass best friends, which doesn't sound all that bad to me. And if you ever catch me on "The Bachelor" (unlikely, but still), just hope I stick around long enough to win over the hearts of fans and my fellow contestants.