Not even a C-word scandal can resurrect Channel 10’s once thriving franchise of The Bachelor, with the series now resembling the lukewarm microwave meals the contestants are forced to eat during the show’s integrated advertorials.
Only 360,000 metro viewers tuned in to watch Wednesday’s episode where tonight’s C-word scandal was teased. It’s a humiliating blow that probably resulted in network executives using a similar expletive. Over on Nine, a repeat of Travel Guides — a show where weird families catch Jetstar flights to affordable destinations — pulled in 454,000 viewers. It’s a network boss’s worst nightmare when the country would rather hang out on a Jetstar flight than watch their station’s tent-pole show.
As the old saying goes: If one girl calls another girl the C-word in a tacky mansion and no one’s around to hear it, did it even happen?
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So, why is no one watching this freak show? It’s really hard to say. These episodes are so compelling! Like, who doesn’t wanna watch sad single people completing a hedge maze?
Producers should commission a spin-off where Osher hangs out in medical waiting rooms and watches old people completing crosswords in crumpled magazines.
The whole purpose of this show is to sell audiences a sparkly romantic fantasy but the best that producers can give us is a midweek date at a dirty beach while a thunderstorm rolls over and knocks everyone off their rental stand-up paddle boards.
A girl called Holly scores the single date and, while she’s getting swept away in the beach cyclone, the other girls are at the mansion complaining about her.
“I’m really p*ssed off Holly’s having a single date before me,” Stephanie fumes. “Holly sucks, man. You know what, (she’s) a b*tch. I just have no time for her.”
But Stephanie still has more to say. She’s sitting in the living room with a couple of the other gals and enjoying a relaxing herbal tea as the morning sunlight dapples through the French doors.
“So Holly’s a c**t,” she observes. “I mean, I can barely tolerate 10 minutes with her, so having to spend an entire day with her would be like eating nails. I actually think she’ll be the first one to come back from a single date without a rose and without a kiss. (That’s a) Bucket of cold water over her stupid head.”
The other girls shift in their seats and avoid eye contact, hoping the uncomfortable moment will just pass. Stephanie isn’t completely unaware. She recognises the awkwardness and makes one final declaration. “Sorry Jimmy, this is the real me,” she shrugs at the camera.
Stephanie’s predictions are totally incorrect. Not only does Holly get a kiss and a rose — but she also gets taken to Jimmy’s house where she’s forced to indulge in sponsorship microwave meals. Suddenly, a bucket of cold water over her stupid head sounds more appealing.