ABC’s popular dating reality show ‘The Bachelor’ has commenced its shooting this month and there is a great deal of novelty in the upcoming season’s profile. Scroll down for full details!
America’s favourite reality show is back, folks! ‘The Bachelor’ has entertained its audiences for 24 seasons now and they can never seem to get enough of it. Created by Mike Fleiss, the dating reality show first premiered in 2002 on ABC, to a tremendous response, and has since gained popularity worldwide. The series makes you believe in the fantasy of love with every episode and has made its contestants into household names. This year, ABC announced that the highly sought after the show is set to have its first black bachelor, and the buzz surrounding it has been unprecedented.
- ‘The Bachelor’ 2020: A reality game show all about finding ‘love’
- Matt James: Our very first black bachelor
- It’s beginning – The Bachelor Season 25 will go on the floors by the end of September 2020
Diversifying the series, 28-year-old Matt James will be leading the 25th season that will air in 2021. With the show going on the floors by the end of this month, here is a look at what is to come in the upcoming season.
‘The Bachelor’: A reality game show all about finding “love“
‘The Bachelor’ is one of ABC’s most successful ventures to date. It features a well-established guy every season, who is on the hunt to find his “life partner”, and is given a line-up of attractive women to choose from. Each week he goes out with the female contestants, either on a one-on-one or group dates, to decide who he is compatible with. At the end of every episode, there is a rose ceremony where the bachelor reveals who he wishes to continue the journey with and who will be eliminated.
The show has often been called “guilty pleasure television” as viewers hail it highly addictive. It gets more dramatic and romantic with every season. However, the series hasn’t had many lasting couples. Out of the 24 seasons, only the season 17 couple is still together.
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Matt James: Our very first black bachelor
Amid the Black Lives Matter movement, it was announced that a 28-year-old former NFL player, model, and the founder of ABC Food Tours, Matt James will be the new bachelor on season 25. He is a friend of former ‘The Bachelorette’ alum Tyler Cameron and was initially supposed to be a contestant on the upcoming season of ‘The Bachelorette’. However, the makers felt that he seemed ideal to lead a season of his own and he ended up as the first black bachelor.
During his interview on ‘Good Morning America‘, he expressed how proud he is about representing his community, and being the first black bachelor. “When Rachel [Lindsay] speaks, we listen. She has a very important voice in all this, being the first black woman, person of color to be a lead, and … this is hopefully the first of many black men to be in the position I’m at now. It’s an honor. I’m just going to lean into myself and how my mom raised me, and hopefully when people invite me into their homes on Monday night … they see that diverse love stories are beautiful”, he said.
When asked about his ideal kind of woman, he gushed, “I’m looking for qualities that my mom embodies, and that’s selfless, honest, caring, compassionate, and those are qualities found in women all shapes, sizes and races and it’s not a black or white thing …” Matt has emphasized on how he is looking forward to seeing more diversity in his season.
It’s beginning – Season 25 will go on the floors by the end of September 2020
To the relief of fans, the show is set to start production by the end of this month. Considering the pandemic situation, the shooting will involve a lot more restrictions to keep things safe for everyone. Network executives are hoping to launch the new season in January 2021. Unlike its predecessors, it will be shot entirely in one location.
The makers have acknowledged that things will be very different this season and that they will try their best to make the show look as visually appealing as the previous seasons, just without travelling to different locations.
But all things aside, this season has fans extremely excited and they cannot wait to see their new bachelor on television screens. All that we can do is hope that the shoot goes uninterrupted and stays on schedule.
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