‘Double Shot at Love’: How the MTV Series Creates More Authentic Relationships Than ‘The Bachelor’

SallyAnn Salsano executive produces Double Shot at Love, plus MTV series like Jersey Shore and Floribama Shore. Her past working on shows like The Bachelor has given her the edge necessary to create compelling television. But in the reality TV maven’s opinion, dating is more authentic on Double Shot at Love than on The Bachelor. Here’s why. 

Vinny Guadagnino sits for a talking head during 'Double Shot at Love' Season 3
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‘Double Shot at Love’ Season 3 hopes to find Vinny Guadagnino a girlfriend 

Double Shot at Love With Pauly and Vinny Season 1 featured the Jersey Shore duo dating 20-some women simultaneously. Pauly DelVecchio left season 1 single. Meanwhile, Vinny Guadagnino gave a relationship with Alysse Joyner a shot at love, but it didn’t work out.

When they returned for season 2, the show’s focus was living and working in Las Vegas with their exes. Guadagnino found romance with Maria Elizondo, a woman he made a connection with during season 1. The two slept with one another, but their relationship didn’t continue outside of the series. 

Now, Season 3 of Double Shot at Love is all about finding the “Keto Guido” a match. With the help of DelVecchio and his Double Shot at Love girlfriend Nikki Hall, Guadagnino is getting to know the 17 women vying for his heart. 

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In an interview with The Wrap, Salsano mentions the biggest difference between Double Shot at Love and The Bachelor, which she considers to be the key to success when it comes to creating compatible relationships in a reality TV setting: living under the same roof. “You know, Pauly and Vinny lived with these girls,” Salsano explains. “Like, the bachelor, he doesn’t live with the girls. He goes home and has time, he thinks, he rests.” 

Salsano would know. According to IMDb, she worked on The Bachelor from 2002 until 2004 and on The Bachelorette from 2003 until 2005.

“These guys wake up in the morning to go downstairs and have breakfast, and it’s like, ‘What’s up ladies?'” Salsano adds. “So you are really truly getting to know each other.”

‘Double Shot at Love’ cast are put in ‘fun situations’ that form more authentic romances

The fact that the cast is all living together in the same space isn’t the only difference between Double Shot at Love and The Bachelor. As Salsano mentions to The Wrap, her show takes people and puts them in “fun situations where they’re doing things [they] don’t normally do when [they] first meet somebody.” In this way, Guadagnino can get to know these women more quickly than he would in a traditional dating sense. 

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While there are no makeup artists on the sets of Double Shot at Love or The Bachelor, there’s still a huge difference between the two shows. The women on The Bachelor are less likely to be seen without makeup on, considering the time they have to get ready before the bachelor arrives from wherever he’s staying. 

But on Double Shot at Love, since they live in the same space, Guadagnino has more of a chance to see the women without makeup whenever. “The first morning when the guys walked down, these girls scurried upstairs like rats,” Salsano recalls of Double Shot at Love Season 1. “Some of them put on a full face of makeup and got all ready. They could not believe it.” 

Will Guadagnino find a match? Watch Double Shot at Love on Thursdays at 8 PM EST on MTV.