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‘The Bachelor’ Season 26: Does One Contestant Have Unfair Advantage?

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Does one woman from Clayton Echard’s season of The Bachelor have an unfair advantage? Keep reading for all the details.

Is The Bachelor about winning or finding love?

“Here for the right reasons” is one of the most common phrases heard in Bachelor Nation. It stems from the allegation that a contestant isn’t looking for love. Rather, they are trying to promote their singing/acting/influencer career.

In recent seasons, being accused of clout chasing can get a contestant kicked off the show.

However, after the season is over, many contestants and leads quit their day jobs and become social media influencers.

Being on the show for the right reasons is about to get a whole lot murkier with a new book aimed at helping people “win” the show.

Clayton Echard via YouTube
Clayton Echard via YouTube

Unfair advantage? Podcast hosts ‘train’ Bachelor contestants

Game of Roses podcast hosts Chad Kultgen and Lizzy Pace think they’ve cracked the code on how to win The Bachelor. They turned their theories and speculation into a book called How to Win The Bachelor: The Secret to Finding Love and Fame on America’s Favorite Reality Show.

The book isn’t associated with ABC or the franchise.

Winning The Bachelor doesn’t necessarily mean the ‘winner’ would find love. Rather, the coauthors believe the real winner is the one who can find financial success after the show.

The podcast hosts recently appeared on the Here for the Right Reasons podcast. Kultgen compares “training” players for the The Bachelor to pro athletes training for game day.

“For the true winners of this game — you’re looking at careers where you’re making millions of dollars a year doing spon-con, potentially getting official Bachelor Nation podcasts, doing your own lines of clothing, wine, scrunchies, whatever you want to do. If you are successful in this game, you can become incredibly rich off of it, leading a life that is pretty fun.” – Chad Kultgen, Here for the Right Reasons podcast.

In fact, the two heavily imply that they have a “player” on Season 26. Clayton Echard’s journey to love kicked off on Monday, January 3. “Let’s just say starting with season 26, there will never be another season that doesn’t contain highly-trained players,” Kultgen teased on the podcast.

Does that mean someone on The Bachelor has an unfair advantage? The podcast hosts also broke down how a contestant’s limo exit can make or break their time on the show.

8 types of limo exits explained

The limo exit is a beloved tradition in the Bachelor Nation franchise. The more outlandish, the better. The limo exit is the first impression contestants leave on the lead. In Season 25, Katie Thurston presented lead Matt James with her used self-pleasure device. She didn’t win his heart, but she won the attention of the network. She was later chosen as lead for Season 17 of The Bachelorette.

Katie Thurston via YouTube
Katie Thurston via YouTube

Per Us Weekly, the Game of Roses podcast categorized eight types of limo exits – The Grandy, The Trick-Or-Treat, The Aloha, The Stand-Up, The It Takes Two, The Sidecar, The Santa Claus and The Blandy.

The hosts used Rachel from Season 26 as an example of The Sidecar. She sent in another woman named Holly to be her “wing woman.” Kultgen and Pace noted that The Sidecar is very rare.

However, the Trick-or-Treat is a popular entrance. It involves wearing anything other than the traditional cocktail dress. The hosts cited Kira, who wore lingerie underneath a white doctor’s coat. 

The How to Win The Bachelor book drops on Tuesday, January 25.

Do you think the authors are coaching a contestant on Season 26? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Clayton Echard’s season of The Bachelor Mondays on ABC.

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