Oh The Bachelor… home of Sophie Monk, the rose ceremony, and semi-awkward meet-cutes that turn into blossoming relationships and more, and sometimes all in the one episode. However in this case, a show by any other name couldn’t be more different, and essentially the US Bachelor is the Aussie version on steroids… more pashing, more private jets and more drama.
For example… the most lavish first date in the current US cycle where Arie Luyendyk Jr. (son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk) took contestant Becca K. on what was essentially a $30,000 USD ($38,001 AUD) shopping spree with designer Rachel Zoe, and gifted her with another $300,000 worth of Neil Lane diamonds. Casual.
But with the current season of The Bachelor (US) playing away, diamonds, ballgowns and all, and applications for The Bachelor (Aus) open right now, we thought now would be a good time for a revision lesson in how the two shows differ.
And oh how they do.
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1. The number of contestants.
Rule of thumb, on the US Bachelor there tends to be many, many more women. The most recent series of the US Bachelor featured 29 contestants vying for Arie Luyendyk’s love. It’s safe to say the more women, the more drama.
The original Bachelor contestants. Image via Channel 10.
2. The entry.
The women on the US Bachelor tend to go all out for their first introduction. This season Joelle 'JoJo' Fletcher wore a giant unicorn mask, and Lace kissed Ben on the lips, wanting to be his 'first kiss' on the show. No, they're not all crazy - those gimmicks and the order the girls appear in is all planned by producers.
3. The outfits.
On the US Bachelor, the contestants need to buy all of their own dresses. The Network, ABC, only supplies dresses for the two finalists during the finale. If you ask us, we would have expected more given the extravagance of the US version in comparison to others.
On the Aussie Bachelor the women are provided with outfits for the rose ceremonies but wear their own clothing on the dates and in the house. So it appears they get a better deal in that regard.
However, a former producer on the show told Mamamia the women are often given sample sizes of dresses and are sewn into their outfits.
Check out some of the best outfits we've seen so far. (Post continues after gallery.)