These Are the Clever Tricks Helping 'The Bachelor' Remember Every Contestants' Name
The rose ceremony makes up the most stressful part of every episode of The Bachelor, and it's not because of the eliminations.
There are some 30 women competing to spend quality time with The Bachelor which can pose unexpected challenges. Remembering names is an issue those who previously appeared on the show speak about with a particular sense of dread, noting that it isn't easy to recall who every contestant is straightaway.
So, how does The Bachelor remember all the names?
The producers of the show devised a foolproof system to make sure that The Bachelor will be able to recall every contestants' name and address them correctly in conversation.
As a former The Bachelorette, Ali Fedotowsky explained in a blog post for E! News, there's a number of strategies used throughout the show. Most importantly, The Bachelor or The Bachelorette is shadowed by a producer at all times, and he or she is strongly encouraged to ask the producers about contestants' names should the necessity arise.
"Throughout the night a producer is never far from your side and constantly reminds you about everyone’s name. She [the producer] has flashcards with the pictures and names of every contestant. It is hard to remember everyone, even with the flashcards. It’s all so overwhelming. The Bachelor/ette goes into the rose ceremony room and says a few names at a time and then leaves to get the next few names," Ali wrote.
And so, what about the rose ceremony?
The flashcards were devised specifically with potential emergencies in mind, helping The Bachelor or The Bachelorette to refer to contestants adequately. However, this strategy alone wouldn't be sufficient to help them get through the super-stressful rose ceremony.
As producer Chris Harrison described in a previous interview, the shooting of the rose ceremony poses additional challenges for The Bachelor. For this reason, the producers split up the process to shorter slots. The Bachelor only announces three to five names at a time, after which they retreat to a separate room to double-check if they have everybody down correctly.
"Everyone’s nervous at their first rose ceremony, so we make it real easy for them, and we break [shooting] up into three to five people at a time," Chris said in the interview.
"Then we’ll stop, just to make sure we don’t run into any mistakes. We don’t want a [microphone] in his ear, we don’t want cue cards, we want it as natural as possible," the producer added.
Although the system might appear to be foolproof, it can't eliminate every mistake.
As CheatSheet notes, Jesse Palmer did make a slip up during the shooting of Season 5. Convinced that he knew the name of the contestant he would like to continue dating, The Bachelor was shocked to find that the woman who stepped forward to accept the rose wasn't the one he had in mind.
However, the producers did have a solution for the blunder. As CheatSheet reveals, Jesse was consequently asked to invite the falsely-chosen contestant to spend more time on the show, and he was also allowed to hand out an additional rose to the woman he was intent on seeing.
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