The Bachelorette, so far, has proved to be equal to refrigerated pasta. Bland, beige and badly thought-out.
Last night was the first airing of The Bachelorette Australia. The Block was also running, and I know this because I was switching back and forth during boring interludes – and there were a lot of boring interludes.
The Bachelorette sailed onto our shores after transcending from the raging ratings of the US. This is certainly a new and unique reality TV progression for the country, and certainly not a poor attempt at raking in the same amount of money gathered by the last season of The Bachelor.
Sam Frost is the girl-next-door who had her heart broken in season two of The Bachelor by dirty-street-pie Blake. And she’s ready to love again. It’s all very inspiring and emotional for the single women who are curled up on the couch with tissues and self-loathing. We watch her put on makeup and a great dress. She tears up when she sees the infamous mansion used to house potential partners during filming. And then the men show up.
The men are all sharply dressed, with glossy hair and white teeth. But no matter what muted shade their suits are, it just isn’t as entertaining as 21 cocktail gowns. They share bad pick-up lines. One brings an owl. Another rides a skateboard. There is a lot of awkward laughing and uncomfortable hugging.
Perhaps the greatest disappointment, however, is the meek number of contestants available to eliminate. There are 14 chosen ones, and by the end of the night, 12. They don’t talk much about their feelings, and they do talk a lot about occupation. One of them breaks the bro-code of not intruding on another’s time with Sam, and that’s about as much drama as we get. Also, the bro-code is effectively destroyed.
First impression: it is nothing more than a weak Hunger Games for the more attractive of Australia’s male demographic, and for our newly dubbed sweetheart Sam, despite the apparent selection, it’s slim pickings. – Bonnie Collis
Top photo from The Bachelorette Australia’s official Facebook page.