The new premiere of “Bachelor in Paradise,” ABC’s reality television show began airing on the network on August 16, 2021. The fresh season was filmed in June 2021 at Playa Escondida resort in Sayulita, Mexico.
With over 30 contestants slugging it out to be the next bachelor, the producers have worked hard to ensure viewers would always be on the edge of their seats.
“There are some twists and turns that I was shocked by, and I never thought would ever happen on the show. And I think people are really, really going to love this season.” said Wells Adams, who was touted to be the “master of ceremonies” of the show. He disclosed this sneak peak in a chat with Us Weekly.
We are sure going to have a good time if Adam’s word is worth its salt. With this in mind, let’s take a quick look at four major rules that the contestants have to face on the show. These rules are very important to guide the competition in the right direction, and if anyone goes against them, there’s no telling what might happen.
Rule One: The Psych Assessment
One of the major rules for contestants on the show is to receive a clean bill of mental health from the doctors before filming starts. The doctors take a comprehensive check of each contestant’s physiological strength to predict how well they would fare in the show.
According to E Online, Dr. Catherine Selden disclosed, “we want to make sure people are going to be ok with the stress involved.” She ensures their mental evaluations are reviewed before the contestants are accepted for the show.
“They have psychologists on board, and it’s their job to mentally assess you to see how you’re going to react to situations. I have to admit, they are very good at their jobs,” said Kalon, a contender in the 1st season of Bachelor in Paradise back in 2014. Dylan Barbour who won the 6th season of Bachelor in Paradise further confirmed this in his post on twitter.
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“The show is an absolutely wild experience, but there’s a chance you meet someone for real. You all take psych exams, so you could be scientifically matched.”
As an extra info, the contestants are given therapy to help them cope after rejection because everyone knows that some live rejections can be difficult to come to terms with. The in-house psychologist from the show’s 2002 to 2017 seasons once said, “… It is extremely emotionally taxing as emotions run high when a contestant is kicked off the show.”
Rule Two: Rules On Drinking
What a shame! But it’s the rule and it’s compulsory.
Back in 2017, the reality show limited the contestant to two drinks in an hour and this rule is expected to be strictly followed.
Prior to that, Chris Bukowski disclosed that he often drinks before breakfast while filming the 2015 season. “In Paradise, it’s always 5 o’clock,” he told Flare magazine at the time. “I woke up in the morning and I had a glass of vodka soda — actually two — before I went down to the house. I didn’t eat anything. There’s not much to do.”
Although, there is a limit to the number of drinks per hour, it is clearly obvious that there is no limit on how early or late you can drink. For contestants who love drinking, the best advice would be to sip slowly all day long.
Rule Three: The Producers Always Have The Final Say
Although it is mostly fun and games on the show, in the end, the producers have the final word and what goes down in the show.
This could clearly be seen when the production team took Katie Morton’s ring in the post-show reunion of season six. Their actions triggered a difficult conversation with her now ex-fiancé Chris Bukowski in the reunion scene.
“I asked for it, and they said no,” she told Olivia Caridi. “They brought it out during a time when they felt it was necessary. Whenever I get really stressed, I’ll also randomly cry. So Chris Harrison said, ‘I see you’re not wearing your ring,’ and that was a breath of like, ‘If I could only f**ng say it…’ I didn’t know how to say that this wasn’t my choice.”
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Morton met Bukowski on the 6th season of “Bachelor in Paradise.” They got hooked towards the final episode but ultimately, their relationship was ill-fated in the end. They disclosed their decision to part ways on December 10, 2019.
Rule Four: Always Have Your Mic On
One more major rule is that all contestants have their microphones on their body at all times, except of course on some important occasions, that the production team may otherwise provide solutions for.
This ensures that viewers are in the front row listening and watching all the juicy scenes that are sure to happen. There is no fun in watching a sizzling scene of two housemates arguing with no audio, that would really hurt.
Since swimming trunks are not suitable to hold the microphone packs, the show utilized cutting edge technology to insert microphone into necklaces. Every male contestant is expected to wear the necklace and the girls can secure their mic pack via their bathing suit.
These rules aren’t really difficult for anyone who’s got his eyes on the prize, and if they are lucky, they might just catch a soul mate in the process.