Why People Will Watch ‘The Bachelorette’

The Bachelorette

The Bachelorette airs tomorrow and people are going to now watch the eleventh season of the reality television show. Fans are going gaga over the fact that it will be a two-episode season premiere and there will be two women vying to be the bachelorette who proceeds forward. It has been called sexist and anti-feminist, “campy and unrealistic objectification” by a Huffington Post columnist, men’s right people have not jumped in yet, but there is something about watching people fall in love that draws viewers. After all, television shows are made not only for entertainment, but also for profit purposes and some people looking forward to the show.

As we give up on understanding the human psyche, here is a list of reasons why people will actually return and watch season 11 of The Bachelorette.

Eye Candies Everywhere

It is wrong to objectify members of any sex, but sometimes it just cannot be helped. The show’s producers find the 25 best looking men, some who even surpass super models and runway stars in looks, and plop them in front of a camera. The fairer sex has been known to swoon after looking at all that hotness. The men who are smart, successful and with an accent are always a plus, but people do not judge!

Male viewers are also in for a treat. The two main contestants, the stars of the first episode whom the guys have to woo, are beautiful too. Britt Nilsson and Kaitlyn Bristowe might be beautiful inside, but for viewers, they are no less than fairy princesses. Nilsson and Bristowe were both in season 19 of The Bachelor, so they are not unknown faces. Both women are stunners.

Happy Endings

No this is not about the full-body massages! People generally prefer watching shows with a story arc. They get to see 25 men get slowly eliminated and watch the bachelorette fall in love with her chosen man. There are members of the general public who like watching train-wrecks, but most people are in love with the idea of love. However drab their own life might be, but the fact that the bachelorette found her man means that there is still some hope out there.

Viewers sigh as they watch an ordinary, albeit pretty, woman choosing and discarding handsome men until they find their soul mate. While ordinary women may be hard pressed for choices, the bachelorette has a whole array. Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter from season 1, Ashley Herbert and J.P. Rosenbaum from season 7, Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried from season 9, found their happily ever after on the show. This would not have been possible had the show not existed. Some contestants inter-married into The Bachelor and The Bachelorette family by marrying other contestants. So mostly everyone was happy, specially the viewers.

The Aftermath? Who Cares

As any The Bachelorette show fan will tell you, what happens after the show ends does not really count. So what, as Twitter user, Uber Facts has a very valid point that the couples rarely last beyond the show.

More than two hands may be needed to count the total number of seasons for which the show has aired, but the couples who are actually still together can be counted on a few fingers. Of the nine happy couples, minus season 3 of course, only three of the couples are still together.

Voyeurism at its Best

Who does not like drama? There is nothing really wrong with taking an interest in other people’s lives, human beings are intrinsically curious and social. In some cultures, revelers would wait during the wedding night until they were presented with proof that the bride was actually a virgin. The checking of bed sheets for blood stains, is the best example of voyeurism. It is no one’s business, but the two people concerned.

From the drunk contestants to the way people talk, nothing might be real, but it is the best example of voyeurism in today’s age. Jenniffer Schefft not selecting both of her finalists in season 3 to various other broken hearts, a bowl of popcorn is all anyone needs to enjoy the show.

There are people out there who will not watch the The Bachelorette. Twitter user Chely Wright is one of them.

The show airs on Monday, when people are still hung over from the weekend and have the Monday morning blues. Watching the contestants having a hard time, might just be the therapy they need. The Bachelorette airs on ABC at 9 pm EST.

Opinion by Anugya Chitransh



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