The Bachelor Australia Has Unleashed The Full Cheesiness Of The Show On The Viewer
The Bachelor’s house and set looked like it had barfed out of a Mills and Boon novella. It was filled with flowers, candles and fairy lights. It was surprising there were not unicorns and rainbows not floating around. They just went for the full kitsch look and it did actually set the tone for the episode, that is that the show was not going to take itself too seriously.
The Australian version appears to be very much following the US format including the peroxide teeth of The Bachelor, Tim Robards and some cosmetically enhanced girls. Interestingly Tim said he preferred natural girls but a few plastic fantastics got through to the top twenty.
For those who don’t know what The Bachelor is about it is about 25 women battling it out to be chosen by The Bachelor in this case chiropracter Tim Robards, to be “the one”. In the US version of the show there is normally a cheesy proposal at the end.
There are criticisms that the show is demeaning to women as they wait to be selected by the man or in this case given a rose to go further in the competition But most of these girls are not that vulnerable and have a university degree so they would known what they were signing up for.
If you just think of it as trashtastic television to be viewed without too many neurones being used it is going to be a fun ride.
The pressure is The Bachelor Tim Robards who has the responsibility of carrying the show. If the viewer does not like him then they are not going to watch as he is going to be in 90 per cent of each episode. In fact he is far more crucial than Osher Gunsberg the host of the show. At this stage he looks like a good pick.
The episode started off with Tim talking about how he was ready to settle down now his twenties were behind him and there were some obligatory topless shots of him. But if you want to see the full enchilada click here.
He is not a man shy of showing his body off with a person on Twitter revealing he had been a topless waiter at her friends hens night last year, and yes she had the photographic evidence.
The episode started off with a cocktail party where the girls emerge from a limousine in evening wear. Lauren a 24 year old customer relations officer was first to emerge.
Natalie was a model who said she was 34 year old seemed to have spurned the natural ageing processes and was keen to nab him he liked her look and she made top 20.
Ali the real estate agent from Adelaide who looked sweet on the outside has some inner bunny boiler going on. She was smooth for the first two minutes but then looked like she wanted to go the pash on the red carpet. Her stalker status continued with her declaring he could be her husband after having a five minute conversation with him. Maybe as a real estate agent she is used to sealing the deal quickly.
The cocktail party was highly scripted with girls butting into Tim’s conversations with other girls and the girls sniping about the other girls. Also he took girls aside at certain time for one on one conversations.
Jolene the girls from The Shire has to be a plant clearly she was told to act the skank including breaking a red rose that Judy the doctor was given by Tim.
Judy the doctor on her way to be a specialist looks interesting and multi talented as she could dance pretty well and was creative. She made him a handcrafted chocolate rose and it must have hit the spot and she was given the first rose. She burst into tears and then had to wipe her nose with the back of the hand as there ws not tissues in her dress. It was not a classy look.
Jolene the girl from the Shire was shocked probably thinking he picked an Asian ahead of me, and Ali needed to take a Xanax to calm down.
Sarah a florist also received an early rose and the girls bitched that she had back fat. She was barely a size 8. Ali was getting increasingly desperate and butted in to talk to him again, she even tried to go for a pash this time.
Osher aka Andrew G then came in to tell Tim to take a break and make a few decisions which was code for come and speak to the producers to decide who were the twenty he was going to take through.
Emily, Judy, Sarah and Emma stood to one side as they had already received roses, while the others stood on the other side looking increasingly upset when they realised their chances of getting picked were diminishing.
Roses went to Danielle, Rochelle, Ali, Alana, Anna, Belle, Ashley, Catherine, Sherri, Stacey, Elizabeth, Natalie, Amy, Penny, Bianca and Laura.
Laura who had been having a meltdown about not spending time with him was of course the last to be picked.
Have to say I was surprised he did not pick the cute professional skater girl and also surprised that Jolene was not picked to stir things up with the girls, but maybe Bianca will take on that role.
Former first man’s Tim Mathison daughter Sherri was one of the 20 girls but we did not see much of her this episode maybe she will get more screen time later. It was a fun episode but my only gripe was with the previews which gave too much away about who were the girls who were going to get through further in the competition.
What did you think of the show?
The Bachelor Australia on Sunday and Monday night at 7.30pm on TEN.