Do ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ Contestants Have to Participate in Every Date Activity (Even the Scary Ones Like Skydiving)?

Bachelor fans who watched Colton Underwood’s season know that he and contestant Tayshia Adams had a particularly thrilling bond. Colton took Tayshia bungee jumping as one of their earlier dates (and she later took him skydiving as payback!). The two were both, naturally, a little scared, but ended up participating and seemingly loved the experience. They said it brought them closer together, as terrifying experiences often do.

Tayshia Adams and Colton Underwood | Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images
Tayshia Adams and Colton Underwood | Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images

Tayshia was visibly nervous prior to jumping, but all of us watching along at home felt comfort knowing she could opt out if she truly wanted to, right? (RIGHT?!) According to reality TV site, The Ashley, contestants typically have to participate in all date activities.   

“The girls are required to participate in all of the activities, per the eligibility rules they agree to before going on the show. If they get hurt, they aren’t allowed to sue the show, its producers, or the network,” reports the site.  

According to the eligibility rules: “Applicants must be willing and able to participate in physical activities such as: skydiving, snow skiing, ice skating, parasailing, water skiing, rollerblading, and the like. Applicants must sign a release attesting to the fact that the applicant understands and knowingly and willingly agrees to assume such risks.”

Exceptions to the rule

There are, of course, exceptions to the rule. During Sean Lowe’s season of The Bachelor, contestant Selma Alameri chose not to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge. She was, however, sent home during the rose ceremony following her decision to skip out.

“Selma shot herself in the foot by not doing it. I talked to Sean and it wasn’t as much that she didn’t want to do the Polar Bear Plunge — he understood that. But it was what she said later: “Once I decide something I don’t change my mind it doesn’t matter what someone says to me.” So Sean was like, well wait, if I’m your husband and I want to discuss something, does that mean I don’t get a say? It really was a turn-off. Sean likes women that will embrace life. He’s a big kid at heart, so he’s looking for a girl to fit that, and Selma is definitely not that,” Host Chris Harrison said of the contestant’s decision.

On the most recent season, Colton’s contestants were instructed to venture into the jungle and forage for food and water as one of their more adventurous group dates. One group of women, with Demi Burnett leading the way, skipped the activity to sneak off to get some burgers and booze.

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“These other girls can suck maggots. I’m drinking champagne,” said Demi.

Obviously, Demi had a little help orchestrating her escape. The producers, undoubtedly, either agreed to her plan or even suggested the getaway because it was entertaining.

So there are ways of getting out of date activities. Either you have to be ok with probably being sent home, or you need to think of a more entertaining alternative.  

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