Royal Oak — Have you wondered how ABC finds those tall, beautiful, drama-crazed women to compete for one man’s love and a rose?
Auditioning for ABC’s popular reality show “The Bachelor” at a bar in Royal Oak Thursday, July 9, was everything I expected, from women in short dresses and full makeup, rushed-looking ABC workers, free Fireball, a dark bar with cocktails, filling out numerous forms, and the hour-and-a-half wait for a two-minute interview.
Everyone stood outside in line for about 40 minutes and filled out paperwork about our siblings, pets, career, life goals, descriptions about us no one usually thinks of, and why we would want to find a husband on TV. Hundreds of people were there.
One ABC worker said they’ll interview 250-275 people for that one event.
I went with my friend, Nichelle Curtis, 22, a Gaines resident, and we asked people in line why they wanted to audition.
Connor Luyckx, 22, from Troy was auditioning for the role of the bachelor, and said “I had some friends point me in this direction. I’m out of my comfort zone, but it just felt like a good time.”
Whitney Gebhart from Holland said, “I’m supporting my friend. I’m just doing it for fun and going to see what happens.”
Her friend, Tiffany Khousakoun from Royal Oak, said, “I just think it’s a good opportunity to meet someone. Whether it ends up being the love of your life, it seems like a great experience.”
Once we finished filling out the forms in the line outside, we were given a number. I was 138. They took our mugshot with us holding a whiteboard with our name and number on it. Afterward, we were ushered upstairs through a dark stairway and into the dimly lit bar, where most of the waiting took place.
People had drinks and conversations about their favorite season of the show. I haven’t seen any of them and it was interesting to hear how emotionally invested some women and men were in a reality show where almost none of the winning contestants actually stayed with the bachelor or bachelorette.
Once I finally sat down with the interviewer, I clipped a microphone onto my dress, wrote my name and number on another whiteboard, and held it up to the camera while I smiled with too much teeth.
She was extremely nice and asked about my job, what I want in life, why I want to be on the show, and who was my favorite on the current season of “The Bachelorette.” I faked being excited about it, claiming that I didn’t like to pick sides.
I’m not expecting to get on the show.
Even though I’m almost 22, I look way too young, I’m not 5 foot 9 inches, look like a Victoria’s Secret model, nor did I gush about finding love in the form of someone self-centered enough to think that a bunch a women should compete for his rose.
Still, auditioning was an incredibly fun experience and I can always buy myself a rose.