My Guilty Pleasure: The Bachelor

I love reality TV! It is something that I find to be so entertaining and it is one of the ways in which I escape from my everyday life. A little fun fact about me is that I have been watching The Bachelor for 10 years. I started with Jake Pavelka’s season and I have been hooked ever since. I have watched every show that has come off of the franchise, including the newest one: Listen to Your Heart. Honestly, I really liked the show.

For those of you who do not know, Listen To Your Heart is a show where a bunch of musicians come into the Bachelor world and start dating each other, while still working on their music. It’s a mix of A Star is Born and Bachelor in Paradise. Personally, I think they saw what happened with Jed Wyatt on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette and wanted to make a show for guys like him, except single (Hannah Brown is my favorite Bachelorette of all time and I do not like what happened to her.)

Here are my thoughts on the show, I thought the first episode was a bit dry in the beginning. I found myself considering going to bed during it, but I stayed invested because I initially liked everyone on the cast. Not only, had I been following one of the people Trevor Holmes for years, literally since his Vine Days in 2014, but I found everyone to be more genuine than people typically are on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. First and foremost, we know that they have another motive for being on the show and that is to promote their music career. One thing we question contestants for going on either The Bachelor or Bachelorette is if they are there to promote or their career or if they are open to finding love. This we know that they are there for both. There is nothing to hide here and I found that to be refreshing. Second, this is almost everyone’s first time on national television (Trevor Holmes was on American Idol 2 years ago), and you can see everyone’s nerves. Everyone is trying to figure out how to act on camera and they are so nervous, and it makes it more real. This is their first-time meeting everyone and it heightened their nerves, prompting them to do stupid things. I loved it.

Here’s the reason why I thought it was dry and that’s because there was no initial spark to the drama. First of all, we don’t know anything about anyone going on the show and that makes it hard to feel invested in their love story. Second, nobody knows each other from past seasons like they do when going onto Paradise and they aren’t all going after 1 person. There isn’t that initial spark of drama where the producers do their thing and put people who don’t like each other in one place or have people fight over one person. Instead they all want to make music, and let’s face it all musicians can be colleagues with each other. It’s their work, so this is another opportunity for them to network each other, get song ideas, and collaborate with everyone. Until there are serious connections, that jealousy starts to form, and people start to rub each other the wrong way, there won’t be any feuds yet because they’re acting all buddy-buddy due to them being in the same industry.

Even with this, I am still going to watch. I think it has the potential to be more entertaining than the typical reality show and it is something to do during this quarantine. Plus, I love reality tv. There is something about watching people do some type of social experiment that is entertaining to me.

Let me know your thoughts on reality tv, and your thoughts on Listen to Your Heart if you watched it on my most recent Instagram post @dayswithdebois.

K DeBois

@dayswithdebois on IG

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