Re­al­ity: The Bach­e­lor

…vi­o­lets are blue. Thirty women want The Bach­e­lor Nick Viall to say, “This last one’s for you.”

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The Bach­e­lor Sea­son 21 Satur­days Vuzu AMP (*103) 18:30

Nick Viall is a good guy look­ing for love in sea­son 21 of re­al­ity dat­ing show The Bach­e­lor (2002- cur­rent). But the 36-year- old is ter­ri­fied that it’s not go­ing to work out this time ei­ther – he was run­ner-up twice in spin-off shows The Bach­e­lorette (2003- cur­rent; in 2014 and 2015) and he was dumped out of 2016’s sea­son 3 of Bach­e­lor In Par­adise (2014- cur­rent). “I was given this op­por­tu­nity, to be on the other side of the Rose Cer­e­mony,” says the ex- com­puter soft­ware exec when we phoned him in LA. “This was some­thing I just couldn’t pass on.”

You struck out three times be­fore. Isn’t it time to give up? [Laughs] No way! Did your pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ences help you though? You know, it did and it didn’t. You are pre­pared be­cause you know how the game is played, how cer­tain as­pects take place and why. But at the same time, ig­no­rance can be help­ful when you are not too fa­mil­iar with things in the show.

You’re dish­ing out roses now – what else is dif­fer­ent? It’s drain­ing! In episode 1, be­cause you’re “The Bach­e­lor”, you’ve got to do 30 con­ver­sa­tions with the 30 women. You have to be there for ev­ery­thing, in­volved with ev­ery bit of film­ing. By the end of the night, you want your bed. But later in the show, when you say good­bye to one of five ladies, you’re emo­tion­ally drained be­cause you’ve now bonded with them. That was in­ter­est­ing to me. Was there a stand-out mo­ment? [Laughs] Oh boy! Def­i­nitely when Liz [El­iz­a­beth San­doz] showed up. I was not ex­pect­ing that at all. I was ac­tu­ally shocked. [Their one-night-stand at a wed­ding ended on a sour note.] You’re pretty af­fec­tion­ate – there’s lots of hug­ging and kiss­ing go­ing on and even the odd tear… [Laughs] Re­ally? I hadn’t no­ticed. It must be sub­con­scious and sub­tle things. I was raised to be at­ten­tive to my date’s needs, af­fec­tion­ate. We are on episode 4 in South Africa but film­ing is wrapped. Is it dif­fi­cult keep­ing the se­cret [about who wins]?

Not re­ally. [Laughs]. You know, I go on with my day-to- day life. My friends and fam­ily know not to ask. It can be fun know­ing that I know what ev­ery­one wants to know [Laughs]. What is a day-to-day rou­tine like for The Bach­e­lor?

Film­ing non-stop. But now that we’re done [the fi­nale episodes 12 and 13 should air mid-May in SA] there are obli­ga­tions, like this in­ter­view. I’ve also opened an on­line men’s groom­ing line called Pol­ished Gent and I try to hang out with friends. I’m orig­i­nally from Wis­con­sin [in the Mid­west] and I’ve been spend­ing a lot of time out here in Los An­ge­les. So where does that leave your TV ca­reer? I’ve just been an­nounced for the next sea­son of [re­al­ity dance com­pe­ti­tion show] Danc­ing With The Stars (2005cur­rent) but you know, I never came here with the in­ten­tion of be­ing a TV star. That’s not my ca­reer or my aim. Sure, if things hap­pen, great. But if this whole thing ends to­mor­row, cool, not the end of the world. De­scribe your dat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on TV in one word.

Crazy! Crazy but fun [Laughs].

LOVE RESTART

Fans got a spoiler when Rachel Lind­say was re­vealed as The Bach­e­lorette (2003- cur­rent) for sea­son 13 (2017) – she was still try­ing to snag Nick on The Bach­e­lor, so it’s ob­vi­ous she was on the way out. But Nick is ex­cited: “It’s fan­tas­tic for her and I’m look­ing for­ward to the en­ergy that she will bring to the [spin- off] show.”

Sin­gle-to-min­gle Nick is a charmer.

Nick was over­looked on The Bach­e­lorette by Andi Dorfman.

Is Nick’s “the one’ in this group of ladies?

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