If you caught The Bachelor premiere on Monday night, you undoubtedly found yourself cringing for a good deal of the two-hour show. The first night limo intros are always a bit awkward, but two of the contestants who were sent home faster than they arrived had encounters with Juan Pablo ... and the cameras ... that were especially horrible. Most notably, Lauren Higginson, who was a teary-eyed trainwreck over her struggle to get one-on-one time with JuanPabs.
Lauren confessed that part of the reason she was having such an emotional reaction to the high-pressure evening revolved around having been abandoned by her ex-fiance. But she told E! News later on that she feels like producers made her out to look like an "idiot."
I didn’t really know what to expect [while watching]. I knew they would use that little meltdown. ... The talk with [Juan Pablo] I actually had to leave the room, because it was painful. First off, [producers] took out all [Juan Pablo’s] dialogue, seriously I did have an actual conversation [with Juan Pablo] so it just had me talking. So of course I looked like an idiot. The dramatic part I was ready for — I did that — but I did not like looking ignorant. So that bugged me more than anything. I can have a conversation, good lord!
Oh jeeze. She asserts that the post-production editing also manipulated the "context" of her meltdown, explaining:
There were tears, those were real. The words that came out of my mouth were real, but in terms of the order or the context absolutely not.
Meanwhile, Kylie Lewis -- who you may remember as the redhead in the pink prom dress who embarrassingly stepped forward during the Rose Ceremony to accept a rose meant for Kat Hurd -- told Chicago's B96 that she too was "set up" for humiliation. She claims that long shooting hours -- they began at 9 p.m., and by the time the rose ceremony rolled around, it was already 6 a.m.! -- on the horrifying slip-up. "Not to mention, Kat was standing directly behind me, so he was looking at me!" she says. Making matters worse, she alleges that producers forced her to dye her hair from strawberry blond to red and to wear pink instead of purple. Uh huh ...
Sorry, but I can't exactly find much sympathy for these two. Or anyone who feels like they were "sabotaged" by producers' suggestions or post-production editing. Do they not know anything about reality TV? Do they not realize that these shows are edited for MAXIMUM drama and comedy for ratings-sake?
I feel like the women (or men, in the case of The Bachelorette, of course) who actually do the best on this show are the ones who know how to roll with any manipulative "punches" from producers. And it's clear Lauren and Kylie didn't. Oh well, obviously neither was meant to be with Juan Pablo! And for the record, botched editing job or not, it was pretty apparent Lauren may need a bit more time to get over her breakup before attempting to move on!
Do you blame the producers or these contestants for their missteps?
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