There must be contestants who are uncharacteristically obsessed with themselves, there must be red champagne glasses, and the contestants must have no idea who they are walking down that red carpet to meet.
Which is why last night, when every contestant appeared to know they were meeting Ali Oetjen, we were so perplexed.
It all seemed so natural, until Charlie (Sasha Mielczarek‘s doppelganger) came onto the screen.
Then, in just three seconds, we noticed something odd.
HE KNEW HER NAME. Yes. He had addressed a letter to her, with her name clearly spelt out up the top. This was not a last minute addition, it was in the same pen as the rest of the letter.
But wait, there's more.
He also had her initials, A.O, engraved on the front, which implies he knew her name well in advance.
There are several reasons this is severely problematic.
Firstly, the entire premise of the show is that you are meant to be taking a stab in the dark at love with someone the producers seem to think is the perfect woman.