- In “The Bachelor” franchise, some contestants are known for their “unconventional” job titles that appear below their name (this area is called a chyron).
- Some classics are “Tiara the Chicken Enthusiast,” “Mark the Pizza Entrepreneur,” and “Daniel the Canadian.”
- Entertainment Weekly finally got producers to reveal where these “jobs” come from.
- They explained that certain jobs, like consultant or sales director, don’t really give the viewer a sense of who the contestant is, so they decided to start using defining traits instead.
Even though it can sometimes feel like there’s constantly a “Bachelor”-related show on TV (2017 and 2018 alone have each had two seasons of the “The Bachelor” and “Bachelorette,” a season of “Bachelor in Paradise,” and new Winter Olympics themed “Bachelor Winter Games launched last year), there is an off-season.
One of the most beloved moments of this off-season is when the show releases the upcoming contestants’ bios, giving the world a preview of who will be vying for the Bachelor or Bachelorette’s heart. The best part of these bios is undoubtedly each contestant’s job title.
The producers know that the endless list of consultants, sales reps, and real estate agents can become monotonous, so every now and then they throw in some wild cards to spice things up. Take Alex D. from the upcoming season of “The Bachelor,” whose career is apparently “Sloth.” Which, aren’t we all?
Entertainment Weekly, like the rest of us, was curious about where these unique job titles come from, and asked the producers to spill the beans.
These revealed that they started getting creative with job titles in order to distinguish contestants from one another.
“The idea is for the viewer to quickly get a sense of who this person is by glancing at what we call the lower-third chyron. And oftentimes their occupation will do that – ‘dentist,’ for example, or ‘weatherman.’ However, so many traditional monikers have been replaced with terms like ‘consultant’ and ‘sales director.’ What do these even mean, really? So we decided a few years back to make an effort to not just be satisfied with ‘consultants’ and ‘entrepreneurs,'” they told EW.
That makes sense. But there’s a difference between trying to find identifying characteristics, and essentially throwing shade.
Two of the more memorable “Bachelor” contestants in recent history were Emily and Haley Ferguson, better known as “The Twins” – which is exactly what their chyron called them.
The producers explained that “They were working in a club as bottle servers/cocktail waitresses, and while this is an occupation that people can easily digest, it didn’t seem to identify them. They were twins before anything else. And thus they were both ‘Twin’ on the show.”
The producers went on to say that that most contestants don’t complain about the title they’re given, but sometimes it does happen. Specifically, male contestants are surprised that they all aren’t allowed to call themselves “entrepreneurs,” which, according to producers has become the “catchall for ‘I really don’t know what I’m doing with my life but this sure sounds cool.'”
When asked if they had a favorite chyron ever, the producers called out “Twin” as a classic, but also picked a relatively normal job: “Construction Consultant.” Why was that seemingly average job title so memorable? Because the contestant actually just worked at Home Depot, and the producers “took some poetic license.”
According to the producers, “He had no complaints.”
Only time will tell if Colton falls in love with Erin, whose job is apparently just “Cinderella,” this season.
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