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The Bachelor Pad

The Bachelor Pad

Let the drama, back-stabbing, tears and romance begin!  Most likely drawing inspiration from CBS hit show ‘Big Brother’, ABC has launched yet another reality series bringing back Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants to compete for $250,000 while living under one roof in the mansion.  In true form, the most controversial players from past seasons have been invited to the mansion: Michelle, the unstable player, Wes, the deceiver (who convinced Jillian Harris- the Bachelorette- he was single when he had a serious relationship back home), and many others who add a colourful mix to the house.  Some players are familiar faces from recent seasons and others are less familiar from seasons passed.

Melissa Rycroft-Strickland joins the show as a co-host with long-time host Chris Harrison. Together, Harrison and Rycroft judge the weekly challenges and lead the rose ceremony. The show mixes game play with romantic entanglements: Each week contestants compete in challenges.  The girl and guy who win the challenge receive a rose each and the opportunity to invite 3 people of the opposite sex on a date.  At the end of each date, one person is given a rose and is guaranteed safety from elimination at the rose ceremony.

Just to make things interesting, ‘The Bachelor Pad’ adds a couple of twists. The ladies and men sleep together sharing one room. Though they sleep on bunk beds, it doesn’t take a genius to guess where this will lead. Furthermore, each week at the Rose Ceremony, the men vote a woman off the show and the women vote a man off of the show.

With the addition of the two twists added undoubtedly to boost ratings, the tension, sexual energy and emotional incidents have increased dramatically.  Alliances have already formed within the house and the lying, deceiving, and seduction has begun.  Already, after two racy episodes, it’s obvious that things are about to get ugly.  By adding a cash prize, game faces are rearing their ugly heads.

While I like a good, juicy reality-show as much as the next person, the emotional rollercoaster the show takes you on each episode is a bit much to handle.  True, though secretly I’m hoping that certain players find love on the show, ultimately it boils down to money and strategy.  One contestant commented that you constantly have to be changing your strategy to keep up with what’s happening in the house.  Indeed, it’s true.  As a viewer, at times, it is difficult to keep track of who’s aligned with whom and to sort out the dramatic antics.  While I think the premise of the show is clever and entertaining – though not entirely original – I will be sure to secure my harness and hang on tight while watching “The Bachelor Pad”.

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