The success of ABC's dating show The Bachelor has resulted in multiple spin-offs, including The Bachelorette. While we love certain aspects of show (and the fact that there's a woman in the leading role), one thing we really can't get over is the inconsistencies.
Sure, it's reality TV and there are bound to be a few things that don't add up, but after so many seasons on air, some of these inconsistencies are pretty unforgivable -- and we are often forced to scream at the television because of them! Have you ever thought there was something a little off about The Bachelorette? Well, below are 15 of the most annoying and glaringly obvious inconsistencies with the show that we couldn't help but point out.
15 The guys get upset that they are competing
One of the biggest inconsistencies with The Bachelorette has to do with the contestants.
The show is headed into its 13th season -- and we can't wait to watch Rachel Lindsay, because she may be the nicest star of the show, ever -- yet, we still see the same thing happening over and over again: The contestants get upset about having to compete with other men for the affections of the leading lady.
We get it. Emotions are running high, and it's not easy to watch someone you care about hang out with someone else, but the fact is, after so many seasons, you'd think that the contestants would know exactly what they're getting into. After all, it's a show that focuses on competition, so if you don't want to compete for love, don't sign up.
14 When the guys are more interested in each other
The Bachelorette dictates that contestants are cut off from the outside world during the filming of the show. That means no Facebook, no Twitter, and no cellphones (which is a clever ploy by producers to make contestants more desperate for human interaction, and therefore more likely to fall in love). So, unless you want to be really lonely you're going to bond with some of the other contestants.
But what's really irritating about this is that some of the guys seem to be more concerned with forging a friendship, than they are with finding love -- and isn't that the whole reason they are meant to have joined the show?
For example, JJ Lane and Clint Arlis. These guys were meant to be battling it out to win over the affections of The Bachelorette (in this case, Kaitlyn Bristowe) but instead they seemed to be more interested in their friendship -- and Clint said as much on camera. He said, "I feel like I've connected with JJ probably more than Kaitlyn right now."
13 Producers (sometimes) have a hand in who gets sent home
The Bachelorette is meant to be a show about one woman deciding between a group of 25 men to ultimately pick the one she wants to spend the rest of her life with (not that the show has a very good track record when it comes to romance, but that's besides the point). However, it's a bit strange that according to former The Bachelorette, Ali Fedotowsky (who was on Season 6), producers reportedly picked who she would keep around -- probably to create a more interesting dynamic, and more drama.
In her E! Online blog, Fedotowsky previously revealed that for one of her two-on-one dates, producers decided who would stay, and who would go, in a choice between Justin and Kasey. She claims she let producers pick for her (because she knew neither man was right for her, and didn't really care) and that producers decided to keep Justin -- and the storyline about his girlfriends played out on the next episode.
Fine, Fedotowsky claims not to have cared, but allowing producers to pick guys to send home ultimately conflicts with the premise of the show, which is to find love, at The Bachelorette's hand.
12 Letting Nick Viall come back -- twice!
Perhaps one of the most annoying things about The Bachelorette was the producers' love for Nick Viall. And as much as we liked Viall (and he did seem to be genuinely searching for love), he had his shot when he first appeared on Andi Dorfman's season 10. Only to come back for a shocker in Kaitlyn Bristowe's season 11 -- and let's not even get started on the fact that he eventually became The Bachelor.
We hope this is a tradition ABC is not hoping to keep, because one of the reasons The Bachelorette has enjoyed such longevity is because you never know quite what to expect: The contestants are always fresh faces, which adds an interesting new dynamic and a complete surprise to the show.
10 How are these people so good at learning names?
I don't know about you, but if I had to meet 25 new people in one night it would be very hard for me to remember all of their names, let alone pronounce them correctly. Yet the Bachelorettes all seem to have crazy good memories -- or do they?
According to CelebChatter, former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky revealed that the real reason she got all the names of her suitors correct is down to good editing. During the rose ceremony she would reportedly announce 5 names, and then there would be a break for the crew to adjust the lighting, followed by her saying another 5 names. This would then all be edited together, so it looked as though she was a pro at learning their names, but really, she had a lot of help.
9 The hometown dates are kinda fake
One of the biggest contradictions of The Bachelor franchise is the hometown dates! According to Andi Dorfman's interview with The Huffington Post, some of the contestants don't even have the hometown dates in their own home -- which would be the whole point of having a hometown date, right?
Instead, Dorfman revealed that some contestants choose to have the date in a different house, such as that of a wealthier relative.
Apart from the whole experience probably being strange for the family (having not seen their child in a while) they also aren't able to chat to the contestant beforehand, and all messages have to be relayed through a producer. This makes the whole thing seem a bit rehearsed and forced, instead of The Bachelorette getting an authentic feel for the family, the dynamics, and even their home.
8 Why was Season 13 announced so early?
Season 13 of The Bachelorette may be the best one yet because Rachel Lindsay seems like a genuinely likeable and authentic person. But producers were clearly too excited to announce that she would be the new leading lady, because they revealed the news while the current season of The Bachelor was still filming.
According to TV Guide, the news is usually revealed during a live post-finale special, but this time The Bachelor (with Nick Viall, and the show which Lindsay was on) still had four weeks of episodes left. And to make it even worse, announcing her as the next Bachelorette was also a massive spoiler -- she hadn't even been eliminated.
Not only did this ruin the show for the audience, it's also one of the most annoying things that has ever happened.
7 The absolutely terrible track record for romance
Of all the seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette (there's been 21 and 13, respectively) you'd hope that more than a handful of people would still be together, but alas, the show doesn't seem to be the solution to finding everlasting love.
Only five Bachelorettes are still with the men they chose at the final rose ceremony -- Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, Ashley Hebert and JP Rosenbaum, Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth, and JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers.
Those odds of finding love, and making it last forever (or at least more than a couple of years), aren't good, and you'd think that producers would have changed up the concept to ensure that there are more success stories. Couples therapy sessions during the show, more one-on-one dates, stirring up less drama to create entertainment, and longer than a month of filming, are just some of the suggestions that could be a start in helping to achieve this.
6 The contestant you hate didn't get there by accident
One of the best things about reality TV is that there is always going to be someone you relate with, and root for, but there is also always someone you hate -- like Joe Bailey, Nick Viall, Chad Johnson, Ryan McDill and Bentley Williams, to name but a few.
This makes for interesting TV, but don't think that the villains on the show got there by accident! According to The List, sometimes the camera crew purposefully film in a way that portrays contestants in certain roles -- the nice guy, the bad boy, the best friend, the villain.
Great for ratings, not so great if the show's purpose is to help two people find love, because it's manipulating the storyline.
5 No one ever eats on a dinner date
Those candlelit dinner dates -- when The Bachelorette finally gets the chance to get to know the man she's into on a more intimate basis -- is flawed. Have you ever noticed that no one ever seems to be eating during these dates?
This makes sense, because you don't want a piece of spinach hanging from your teeth during filming, and you could be a messy or very loud eater, but then why do producers even bother having these dinner dates?
The Bachelor Sean Lowe shed light on these dates (and the lack of food consumed) during an interview with Glamour magazine, in which he told them: "Nobody eats, and that's primarily because nobody wants to watch you eat and the mikes [mics] will pick up the chewing." Ugh.
4 It's someone's job to make the contestants cry
Ever wondered why there are so many tears on The Bachelorette, and the franchise in general? Well, aside from the fact that hearts are breaking everywhere, it's also interesting to know that there is someone who encourages the tears.
The producers of the show want to create as much drama as possible (because when it comes to reality TV, drama sells) but we never would have guessed that there is actually someone on the show whose job is to provoke those tears. Former Bachelor producer Sarah Gertrude Shapiro told The New Yorker that her job was to get contestants to open up, then give them absolutely horrendous advice, and to top it all off, deprive them of sleep -- and we all know how emotional we are without enough sleep.
She also used to mislead them, making them think they were going to be picked when they weren't. This behavior is so manipulative, we can hardly be surprised that there are so many tears now.
3 When Tim showed up drunk
The TV crew would have had to meet up with each contestant prior to putting them in the limo, so why would they let Tim McCormack (who appeared on The Bachelorette in Season 7) show up drunk?
McCormack shocked Bachelorette Ashley Herbert when he arrived so drunk that he ended up passing out on the patio furniture (it's also ironic that his job is as a liquor distributor). He felt terrible the next morning, and he told reporters that he was sorry and his actions were not an accurate reflection of who he is; but we've got to ask, why didn't someone from the Bachelorette crew decide it was a good time to cut him off from the booze? And why did they let him appear intoxicated on the show (making it awkward for Herbet, not to mention himself) at all in his current state?
2 How do the contestants afford to be on the show?
The Bachelorette gets paid, but the contestants competing for her affections don't. So, how the heck do these contestants, who compete for weeks on end, afford to do this?
And it's not just the fact that they've packed up their lives and left their jobs that's costly, one of the biggest expenses is their wardrobes: Competing for the chance of finding everlasting love is one thing, it's another thing entirely to expect these contestants to fork out their hard-earned cash on an expensive wardrobe -- especially when that wardrobe has to consist of several suits for the rose ceremony.
Jillian Harris, who was a former contestant on The Bachelor (and went on to become The Bachelorette) revealed that during her time as a contestant she spent $8000 on clothes and remortgaged her house. We don't even want to imagine the cash that some of the guys competing in the show spent on their outfits, because suits do not come cheap!
1 Apparently contestants and producers have relationships -- often!
The Bachelorette can't fall in love with everyone who is competing for her affections, but sometimes the pool of potential soul mates is cut down by none other than the producers of the show -- we first heard reports of this when an unnamed woman was reportedly sleeping with a member of the crew during Richie Strahan's season of The Bachelor, and again when Rozlyn Papa was accused of hooking up with a producer on the show during Jake Pavelka's season (she denied the affair).
But according to Season 16 contestant Jamie Otis this happens more often than we may have thought. Otis told Woman's Health that there's "more of these producer/contestant relationships than viewers realize" but she says they're kept on the down-low -- which makes sense, because the producers don't want word getting out that not only are the contestants essentially cheating on The Bachelor/The Bachelorette, but the entire concept of the show is not always a winning one.