‘The Bachelorette’: Contestants Who Aren’t ‘Here For The Right Reasons’ Can Still Fall In Love (Like Jed)
Coming on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette for the “right reasons” is something that’s discussed a lot. As the show grows more and more popular, it becomes a bigger, better platform for contestants to grow their businesses and personal brands. It’s why so many Bachelors and Bachelorettes are so paranoid about their contestants coming on the show for the “wrong reasons.” The “wrong reasons” include anything besides coming on the show to fall in love and hopefully get married.
But just as Hannah Brown brought up in her one-on-one with Jed Wyatt, contestants don’t even know who the star is going to be when they agree to join the cast.
On his date with Hannah B., Jed opened up about his initial reasons for coming on The Bachelorette.
“When I signed up for the show, I was so clueless. I was open to the idea ‘cause I love love. I do,” the Nashville native told Hannah B. on the June 3 episode. “But my first thought was, you know, ‘This is a huge platform.’ I just want you to know the truth. So I came in with that mindset.”
Then, of course, he told her how his mindset changed, that he was fortunate enough to develop feelings for her.
“Every moment that we’ve had has just kind of taken all that away and showed me that, like, now, more than anything, I want to be with you,” he told her. “Now that I see who you are, that’s all I want. I feel something growing inside of me that I’ve never felt before. I’m starting to feel like I’m falling for you more and more. It’s beyond a show at this point.”
Hannah B. appreciated his honesty. She felt he was being genuine.
“I do really respect that you were honest,” she told him. “I truly think the passion that you have for music is so amazing. I would never want to take that away from you, and I would never want to hinder that.”
Jed isn’t alone in his ulterior motives for joining ‘The Bachelor’ franchise
Jed isn’t the first contestant to join the cast of The Bachelor/ette for reasons other than finding love and he certainly won’t be the last.
Cassie Randolph, the winner of Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor was accused of being on the show for the wrong reasons. When Colton revealed that he wanted to be with her and only her, she told him that she wasn’t even sure if she wanted a boyfriend, let alone a husband. It’s pretty clear she didn’t go on The Bachelor thinking she’d have to accept a proposal at the end of it, but, today, the two are very happy together.
It’s possible to go on The Bachelor/ette with the sole intention of promoting one’s business or personal brand and end up falling in love. We saw it happen to Cassie and now we’re seeing it happen again with Jed.
With the psychology of the show, it’s almost impossible not to fall in love with the star anyway. As a contestant, you’re surrounded by people who all want the same person. You’re also encouraged to talk about that person nonstop. You’re also completely shut off from the rest of the world (including your friends and family and most forms of entertainment), so whether you want to or not, your brain’s probably going to make you think you’re falling in love.
All this to say: we believe you, Jed!