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‘The Bachelor’ Exec on Sex Positive Storylines & Casting Shakeup

Between Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams’ switch-up as leads on “The Bachelorette” and capturing seasons at sequestered resorts, Bachelor Nation has endured a good quantity of drama currently — however tonight, the brand new episode of “The Bachelor” will convey, but once more, one other unprecedented shakeup.

For the primary time ever, a limo full of 5 new girls competing for Matt James’ coronary heart shall be launched mid-way by means of the season. Although its par for the course for brand spanking new women and men to reach throughout the season on “Bachelor In Paradise,” by no means earlier than has this occur on “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette.”

“We bought a document variety of submissions. We couldn’t match everybody in evening one, and we had some actually attention-grabbing women,” ABC’s Rob Mills, who oversees “The Bachelor” franchise for the community, tells Selection. “These had been girls that we had already met with. It was determined just about earlier than filming started [that they would join later]. It was good to throw them within the combine. It wasn’t simply to shake issues up.”

Right here, Mills offers an evaluation on the season, up to now, from Queen Victoria’s drama to Sarah’s surprising exit and Matt’s prayer.

Sarah was an early fan-favorite, a favourite of Matt’s and her storyline took an emotional twist, however she exited final week. Is there any probability we’ll see her come again this season?

Hopefully we’ll see her on the “Ladies Inform All!”

Katie confirmed up with a vibrator. She is getting a whole lot of optimistic reward on social media for being so sex-positive; some followers are already calling for her to turn into the subsequent “Bachelorette.” How did that vibrator thought come about?

That was Katie’s thought. There are specific arrivals the place folks have a germ of an thought and the producers are there simply to assist out — it’s not like we determine that you simply’re going to be the one who reveals up on the elephant. On this case, Katie had this concept.

Was there any pushback to the concept?

We thought it was nice. May you think about if that wasn’t the case, and Katie got here out and mentioned in an interview that she didn’t wish to do it, however the producers made her do it? That most likely wouldn’t go over too effectively for us. [Laughs]

One other contestant who’s getting a whole lot of consideration, for higher or for worse, is Victoria. The net chatter about Victoria has been almost unanimously detrimental with lots of people questioning if she’s the product of stunt casting — aka producers conserving her round for drama.

Earlier than, we’ve had “shades of gray” villains, the place you perceive them extra and there’s perhaps extra sympathy for why they might do sure issues. That is extra black-and-white in that folks simply completely hated her. I completely get why that could possibly be a turn-off to some folks.

Are you able to tease how for much longer she’ll stick round?

I can’t inform you. However she continues to be a contender. Hey, for all we all know, she will find yourself with Matt. However I’ll say that every time her time involves an finish on the present, it is going to be satisfying for everybody.

Basically, how a lot do producers play a job in influencing a selected contestant to remain solely for drama?

You’ll be able to’t have people who find themselves not going to do actually something and can simply be wallflowers. I’m not saying the present is made purely to fire up drama, however actually a powerful character like that’s good. And look, Matt has mentioned that’s one thing that he’s drawn to — a girl who’s her personal lady and who’s strong-willed — so you’ll be able to’t argue that Victoria is just not that.

Why was she solid? What about her appeared like she can be a very good match for Matt?

We solid this solely for Matt and she or he utilized, and she or he is any individual who was nice in casting and definitely had a viewpoint that was attention-grabbing. Clearly no one is mad that Matt is conserving her round, however at a sure level, if he actually doesn’t see a future together with her, he’ll ship her dwelling. I don’t assume there’s anyone that Victoria is taking the place of that Matt would say, “Oh my gosh, my future spouse simply walked out the door.” Though, I understand how unhappy folks had been to see the ballerina go dwelling evening one.

One final query regarding Victoria: How do you give you names like “Queen”?

We bought to a spot the place we had been going means too far within the different path, and we sort-of scaled again. You must actually earn it now. In case you’re giving all people wacky job titles, that’s not nice. When you could have 32 girls, it may possibly assist the viewer have extra of a shorthand after which that’s a greater method to go.

There have been essentially the most contestants than ever earlier than this season with 32 girls. That’s a whole lot of names for Matt to recollect! Is a producer feeding names to Matt on the first rose ceremony? How can he probably bear in mind all of them?

For the rose ceremony, he’ll get some assist. No one can bear in mind all these names on evening one. Matt is aware of each single factor about these folks, and he makes his selections, however then he will get slightly little bit of assist with the names as a result of that’s simply an excessive amount of for anybody to recollect.

One other behind-the-scenes query that everybody all the time needs to know: Do any of the contestants have skilled hair/make-up, or simply the lead and Chris Harrison?

The contestants should not have skilled hair and make-up till it comes proper all the way down to the top. I feel it’s [for] the underside three.

Again to the contestants: Who ought to we preserve a watch on this season?

Bri, Abigail and Katie, they’ve all stood out for a motive, and so they’re positively ones that you simply wish to preserve a watch on. And definitely, Victoria goes to fire up issues for a bit — after which there are extra girls who’re going to enter the fray.

Abigail is making historical past as the primary Deaf contestant within the present’s historical past. Is the franchise making an effort to be extra inclusive, not simply when it comes to racial range?

We had Sarah Heron on years in the past, and Sarah had a extremely attention-grabbing story that folks nonetheless bear in mind her as a result of she was actually similar to everybody else and she or he confirmed that to everybody, regardless that she had a incapacity. [Editor’s note: she was born with one arm.] It’s the identical with Abigail. It’s nice to inform these tales. If we will entertain but additionally back-door in additional illustration — not solely with folks of distinction races, but additionally with disabilities — that’s nice.

You additionally appear to have extra worldwide illustration this season. Magi is a girl who grew up in a small village in Ethiopia. How did you meet her?

She got here in by means of casting. I feel we’re seeing people who we wouldn’t have seen earlier than, by means of our range effort, which everyone knows was going to actually take time to actually naked fruit. This season of “The Bachelor” is the place we’re actually beginning to see people who we by no means would have met in any other case, and it’s so nice that they’re coming on the present. Magi is somebody who simply utilized on the present, and perhaps she wouldn’t have as current as final season when it was Peter.

Within the first episode, Matt requested everybody to place their heads down and pray, and there was a whole lot of pushback on social media. Had been you stunned by the response?

It was attention-grabbing {that a} sizzling button challenge rose over Matt with the prayer within the first episode. I perceive that he does ask everybody to place their heads down, however what it’s important to bear in mind is that this can be a man who was thrust into this and had simply met these girls and is attempting to course of all of it. It was by no means attempting to pressure something on anybody. Actually, if anybody had mentioned they had been uncomfortable with this, Matt would have mentioned, “I completely get it.” This was by no means attempting to be exclusionary. However it’s attention-grabbing, and you may’t assist however see that many individuals are saying that almost all of the tales on the present have been Christian, and it’s one thing to consider, as a result of it’s actually attention-grabbing if you get individuals who have tales and experiences that we haven’t seen earlier than — that’s why Abigail’s story, I feel, was so refreshing. “The Bachelor” is welcoming to all race and all faith. And faith is one thing we have now to take a look at, when it comes to that sort of inclusivity, in telling these kinds of tales, as effectively.

How a lot will faith play into the season, since you will need to Matt?

It’s vital to Matt and it’s been vital to different leads, as effectively. It’s not a focus. He has mentioned that he was introduced up and raised in a religious Christian household. Main with the prayer was actually attention-grabbing, however I don’t assume it was a method to pressure faith on folks. It’s simply one thing that he does. Religion is essential to folks, particularly once they’re going by means of one thing that’s actually thrilling, or actually attempting, or vital to them, and for Matt, I feel that’s actually what it was. But it surely did strike a nerve.

“The Bachelor” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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