You Won't Believe How Much Money 'Bachelor' Stars Spend to Find Love on the Show

It turns out that some people sacrifice more than just their dignity in the pursuit of love on national TV. Contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette revealed that they not only don't get paid for their time on the show -- but they also sometimes end up spending an arm and a leg to be there.


The featured star (most recently Ben Higgins) reportedly gets paid about $100,000 for a season, but the 30 men or women vying for roses aren't compensated.

During an episode this season, two of the women claimed that fellow contestant Olivia Caridi spent $40,000 on her wardrobe for the show -- a number that seems outrageous but is actually totally possible. Other former contestants have said that they were required to provide almost all of their own wardrobe and makeup for the various opportunities to impress their love interest.

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Jillian Harris, who was the second runner-up on the 13th season of the The Bachelor and then later the star of the fifth season of The Bachelorette, claimed that she even had to remortgage her house in order to afford new clothes. On her blog, she wrote, "I had remortgaged my house and I spent something like $8,000 on clothing."

Holy crap! I mean, I get it. When you're competing with 29 other beautiful people to stand out in a crowd, you have to look put together. And cocktail gowns aren't exactly cheap. Still, some contestants relied on friends and family to keep themselves looking well-heeled.

Leslie Murphy competed on season 17 of The Bachelor, and she claimed that she got away with spending a minimal amount. "I have really great friends, and they have even better closets," she revealed to MarketWatch. "Other people said they spent a ton, a lot of people came with four or five bags."

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Plus there's that whole part about picking up your life and dropping off the face of the planet for who knows how long. The candidates usually only have two to three weeks' notice before filming begins, and they'll be gone anywhere from a week to a month and a half.

JJ Lane, who competed on the 11th season of The Bachelorette, told MarketWatch, "I only had about two and a half weeks from when I officially got the word ... I had to set up auto bill pay and give my parents my deposit slips and access to email passwords."

Plus, more than a couple of contestants have left jobs in order to go on the show ... let's just hope they thought the experience was worth it, even if they didn't find lasting love. Because they're probably still paying for it.


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