Do ‘Bachelor’ Contestants Really “Steal” Away the Star at Random?

It’s a tale as old as time. Boy meets 30 girls. Boy dates 30 girls. Thirty girls push each other out of the way for time with boy. Wait…

At least that’s how the story goes on ABC’s The Bachelor. Fans of the show know how each season is set up. The producers cram 20 to 30 girls in one house with nothing to do but wait around to talk to the lead of the show.


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If you’ve done the math, then you’ve probably realized that 30:1 aren’t great odds if you are trying to get some time alone with the bachelor, which is why all throughout the show numerous girls will “steal” the bachelor away from other contestants.

As viewers, we are led to believe that it’s just a complete jungle in The Bachelor mansion. That it’s every woman for herself and girls are just stealing the lead any chance that they get. But along with a lot of other unspoken rules on the show, that might not actually be the case.

Stealing the Bachelor

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, The Bachelorette alumnae Wells Adams clarified a few things about the process of stealing the lead and if that is even possible.


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“You can’t just go and steal somebody,” he said. “There’s kind of a line, and a producer will be like, ‘OK, we have to move him’ or ‘He’s an interview now,’ so you couldn’t go steal him if you wanted to!”

But the producers won’t just send you in when the bachelor is free.

“Then when the time happens, they’ll be like, ‘OK, he’s with someone. You can go now.’

So even though the girls are actually vying for time with the lead, they aren’t really being as rude as the show wants to make it seem.

The first night of the show is especially stressful because if the girls fail to make an impression on the lead in a few hours, they are sent home and no one wants to go home on that first night.

This season, the girls seemed particularly antsy to get some time with bachelor Colton Underwood.


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On night one, Catherine Agro famously pulled Underwood away from other girls an unprecedented four times.

“I think everyone’s kind of on pins and needles about when the night’s going to end and when you’re going to have your time, so I get that they are freaking out about the whole thing,’ Wells commented. “But I wished on the first episode when Catherine stole four times or whatever, that Colton had said, ‘You know what, I kind of want to talk to everybody here.'”

The problem is that Underwood may not have been allowed to turn Agro down. After all, her multiple interruptions certainly made for good television.

Knowing that the producers are telling the girls when to go interrupt other contestants kind of makes you wonder, how many other things the producers are controlling. Are they pulling the strings with everything on the show? Only time will tell.

Catch new episodes of The Bachelor on Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Read more: ‘The Bachelor’: What is Colton Underwood’s Sign and Which Sign Should He Date?

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