‘The Bachelor’ Runner-Ups See A Psychologist Right After They Get Dumped

Going on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette is certainly a unique experience. Competing against 29 other people for one person all while being cut off from your friends, family, and the rest of the world will definitely do things to you psychologically.

Hannah Brown's season of 'The Bachelorette' | Walt Disney Television via Getty Images/Craig Sjodin
Hannah Brown’s season of ‘The Bachelorette’ | Walt Disney Television via Getty Images/Craig Sjodin

Getting dumped on ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’

Getting eliminated is certainly less of a blow for contestants earlier in the season.

If a contestant gets eliminated on night one, he/she gets sent home immediately. The six girls Arie eliminated on the first night immediately got onto a bus and bonded on the way either home or to the airport, reports Cosmopolitan

But if you’re in the top three and eliminated, production keeps you close by.

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“The runner-up and the third place finisher usually stay a few extra days on location to help keep spoilers at bay,” reports E! News.  

The publication also says that after the runner-up gets eliminated, he/she is taken to the show psychologist right away.

“If you’re the runner-up, like Nick Viall was during both Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe’s seasons, you see the show psychologist within a few hours,” reports E! News.

How to get on ‘Bachelor In Paradise’

Just because a contestant doesn’t win The Bachelor or The Bachelorette doesn’t mean they’re done with the franchise altogether.

“That first night is hard because, especially when it’s 28 or 29 [people], you’re going to meet all these people and it’s really tough. There’s certain people you have instant chemistry with and then others…if things had gone one way or another, it would’ve been Grocery Store Joe [Amabile] staying and, I don’t know, Connor [Obrochta] might’ve left,” Mills told E! News of choosing BIP contestants after Becca Kufrin’s season.

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He continued: “You always have those people ear-marked where you think, gosh, I know there was something really interesting in this person and we just didn’t get to see it, so we have to bring them to Paradise. That’s why we love Paradise. It’s a second chance for favorites who could’ve been a Bachelorette like a Tia [Booth] or a Kendall [Long], and it’s also a great place for people who didn’t get to make their marks the first time.”

How to become the bachelor or the bachelorette

Then of course there’s the coveted lead role. How does one go from contestant to the star of the show?

Robert Mills says they’re looking for “a combination of sincerity and really just somebody who can have a lot of fun.”

“I think that’s why somebody like Sean Lowe worked so well, because he really was the perfect balance of that,” Mills told E! News. “He was truly looking for a wife and he was very clear about that, he wanted what his parents and grandparents had. But also, there was a real sense of fun from Sean. A great sense of humor. Everybody has different traits. That was one where I t thought it was sort of the right balance. Look, I thought Juan Pablo was a great bachelor in his own way, because he certainly was entertaining.” 

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