Will ‘The Bachelor in Quarantine’ be Like ‘American Idol’ At-Home Edition Meets ‘Love Is Blind’?

Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette is postponed until further notice because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The show was set to begin airing on May 13, 2020.

In the interim, The Bachelor producers are throwing around the idea of The Bachelor in QuarantineAmerican Idol already is underway with their at-home version of the show, so fans are wondering why can’t The Bachelor do the same?

Chris Harrison welcomes the contestants
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‘The Bachelor’ producer, Rob Mills, said the title ‘Bachelor in Quarantine’ is on the table

Internally, the producers are discussing how to run both a Bachelor in Paradise season as well as The Bachelorette season, while production is pushed back over one month now. 

“The best thing about The Bachelor is its willingness to evolve as a format, so if we need to shoot a cycle that reflects these times, that’s what we’re going to look at doing,” Mills told Deadline.

The summer series of Bachelor in Paradise is typically filmed on location in Mexico. However, even if the lockdowns are lifted, it is not as simple as getting 20 singles together. The show needs 100 to 180 crew members to produce it. Considering most states in the country banned gatherings over 10 people, it doesn’t seem like the production will get the OK for 200 plus people anytime soon.

“We are on it, we’re chomping on the bit to produce content,” The Bachelor host Chris Harrison said on The Bill Simmons Podcast.

So, instead of waiting and holding out hope that things will return to normal, the producers are working on something else. What it will look like, they didn’t say, but at least there is some precedent from other shows.

Will ‘The Bachelor in Quarantine,’ resemble ‘American Idol’s at-home style edition?

American Idol will begin its entirely from home performances on April 26, 2020. Ryan Secrest already made TV history with their first at-home results show on April 20, 2020. The news of The Bachelor in Quarantine came only one day after Idol’s successful show from home.

“Be here as we come to you from our contestants’, judges’, and my home, in 25 different locations across North America, as you witness television history,” Seacrest told viewers on Sunday. It’s a “must-see, first-time Idol event. Remember, this is where you create superstars. And this is American Idol.”

The contestants will not be live, but instead record their performances and send them into production. Then Seacrest and the judges will watch the recordings together and comment as a group. The only live portion of the show will be the results. If American Idol can do it, why can’t The Bachelor?

Fans think ‘The Bachelor in Quarantine’ could work

“I vote for the next season [of The Bachelorette or Bachelor in Paradise] to be like Love Is Blind, all done remotely,” wrote one fan on Reddit. “Think Tinder but for The Bachelorette. Zoom dates with faux backgrounds filled with candles.”

The contestants could record their live video chat dates and send them into production for editing. The producers coordinate group dates with video conferencing. Contestants might record their end on their phones and send it in. It could be a disaster, but isn’t it always? 

“Contactless delivery of take out food they will not touch,” continued the fan. “Someone spills a drink on their keyboard in the middle of the date, and we are all left on edge. IT’S WHAT WE NEED.”

Harrison already runs “Group Dates” from his living room with his girlfriend and Entertainment Tonight reporter, Lauren Zima. He’s no stranger to various forms of media. This new concept might work. We will be waiting to see what The Bachelor producers announce next. 

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