‘The Bachelor’: Does the Star Really Pick Which Women Stay or Producers?

Colton Underwood in The Bachelor
Colton Underwood in The Bachelor | ABC

Sadly, not everything about The Bachelor is real. Producers sometimes have to interfere to keep the drama on the screen. But does that also require them picking certain contestants to stay? Here is everything to know about how much control the producers really have.

Ali Fedotowsky said she got help from producers picking people

Ali Fedotowsky from the Bachelorette
Ali Fedotowsky | Valerie Macon/Getty Images

Obviously, the stars typically have a favorite or a few from the very beginning. But they still have to go from 30 contestants so they might need a little help along the way. Ali Fedotowsky who was the star of Season 6 of The Bachelorette revealed that she got some help from producers.

I think I chose the majority of the guys who stayed the 1st night,” Fedotowsky told a fan according to E! News “but after that I couldn’t really distinguish the last couple so I had the producer ‘help’ me pick, and I’m sure they would suggest I can’t get rid of the ‘interesting’ ones. Ha. I’m not saying it was this way for Juan Pablo, but if I had to bet money on it, I would say he probably had help picking girls from a producer. And the producer would definitely pick people to stay that would cause drama!”

Another former contestant said producers have more pull in the first few weeks but that’s it

Arie Luyendyk Jr. in The Bachelor
Arie Luyendyk Jr. in The Bachelor | ABC

Although producers might not pick who gets to go through if they aren’t asked they do expect certain things to happen based on how they cast people.

Some people are as cast filler, absolutely,” a former contestant said according to Cosmopolitan. “I think that, normally, if there’s 25 girls to begin with, the producers have at least 10 they expect to go right off the bat.” But after that anything is on the table.

“I don’t think the producers have much pull when it comes to who the lead chooses when it comes down to the top six, maybe even the top 10,” continued the contestant “at that point I think it’s all the lead’s decision-making. But do I think that they may have encouraged the lead to pick certain people in the early stages, for drama’s sake? Yes! I’m sure the producers have some sort of pull in the people that get roses in the first few weeks of the show.”

Sean Lowe said the rose ceremony order is planned by producers

Sean Lowe
Tierra LiCausi and Sean Lowe ABC

One aspect that is completely under the control of the producers is the order of the rose ceremony. Sean Lowe revealed one thing that producers do in his book, For the Right Reasons: America’s Favorite Bachelor on Faith, Love, Marriage, and Why Nice Guys Finish First.

He said that producers plan the order in which the roses are handed out in order to properly build suspense. So the obvious choices go first then the more wild cards are given out later.

So the good thing is that the star of The Bachelor has control over who gets picked to go further in the show. But sometimes the star needs a little help after he picked all of the women he likes so that’s when producers step in.

Read more: ‘The Bachelor’: Are Chris Harrison’s Scenes on the Show Real or Scripted?

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