Are ‘The Bachelorette’ Roses Magnetic? Plus Other Rose Ceremony Secrets Revealed

The rose ceremony is one of the most iconic parts of The Bachelorette. The leading lady stands with a group of men before her and chooses which ones will continue on to next week. The rose ceremony might seem pretty straightforward, but a lot goes into planning these scenes. Rose ceremonies can be stressful and complicated, and fans have a lot of questions about what goes on behind the scenes.

Katie Thurston give Blake Moynes a rose on The Bachelorette. She is wearing a long-sleeved red dress.
Katie Thurston gives Blake Moynes a rose on ‘The Bachelorette’ | Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images

How does ‘The Bachelorette’ remember her contestants’ names?

During night 1 of The Bachelorette, the leading lady meets dozens of men in a whirlwind of an evening. During the rose ceremony, she must call out each mans’ name to present them with a rose. This has left fans wondering how the bachelorette remembers her contestants’ names. Some fans have speculated that the contestants’ names are written on the roses to help the lead out.

However, this is not actually the case. Producers stand by to help the leads remember the men’s names. Chris Randone, a former contestant on The Bachelorette, explained the process to US Weekly. “She’ll come out, [name] three [men], go back in, five minutes later, come back out, [name] three.” The pauses allow the bachelorette time to study the names of her men, but they also make the rose ceremonies last a long time.

Are ‘The Bachelorette’ roses magnetic?

The bachelorette must pin rose after rose on her contestants after calling out their names. Many fans wonder how she is able to quickly pin the roses on. It turns out there is a secret trick to keeping the roses on. “One of the great mysteries is how do the roses stay on at the rose ceremonies,” Harrison joked to PEOPLE.

According to the outlet, the roses contain strong magnets to help secure them to the guy’s lapels. This also alleviates the need for The Bachelorette to fumble with pins and risk poking herself or her contestants.

How long do rose ceremonies last?

While watching The Bachelorette, it seems like the rose ceremony goes by pretty quickly. However, stopping and starting the ceremony means that it takes quite a bit of time. “They’re very, very long. By that point, most people are, like, 10 drinks in. You are just tired,” former bachelorette Desiree Hartsock told US Weekly.

“You are exhausted. They pause so long after each rose to pan one people’s faces, so yeah, they are going to get you looking super stressed out, but you are really tired.” Sometimes the rose ceremonies last almost until the sun comes up.

Can contestants refuse a rose from the bachelorette?

Presumably, contestants on The Bachelorette are able to reject a rose, though that doesn’t happen often mid-ceremony. Some contestants choose to self-eliminate after a date or when feeling that things aren’t moving in the right direction. In an episode of Bachelor in Paradise, Bri Barnes refused a rose from Luke Stone.

Madison Garton also chose to leave bachelor Brad Womack in the middle of a rose ceremony, saying she would feel bad taking a rose from one of the other women. However, usually roses given out during the ceremony are accepted.

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