The Bachelor NZ: be prepared to 'Skype with psychologist' say former TV stars
The Bachelor NZ season three will make its hotly-disputed return to TV3 (for better or for worse) in 2017.
After a messy finale to season two, the reality show has officially received the green light for a third season, TV3 confirmed on Sunday morning.
While it certainly wasn't without its critics, we'd like to know just how hard is it to make it all the way to the final hurdle of The Bachelor casting process?
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For those that are considering expanding their search for true love from Tinder to national television, or perhaps those simply curious about how many hoops the final 23 contestants had to jump through before securing the TV gig, take it from the reality stars that have been there before - it's a lot harder than it looks:
1. Shari Flavall, Bachelorette, season two:
"What makes a good casting? It's all in the video I reckon and you have to 1000 per cent be yourself. I know everyone says that but like seriously, just be you. Are you a lazy piece of s**t? Let them see that!
"Film yourself just waking up at 2pm and tell them how desperate you are to find a boyfriend. Even better, tell them how your mum private messages every boy you meet on Facebook and they'll definitely put you through - purely out of pity. If it worked for me, I'm sure it will work for you."
2. Dani Robinson, runner-up, season one:
"Casting was a quick process for me. From talking to the others after the fact, we worked out I was one of the first to be cast! Application turned to phone call, then that turned to an interview, within a week.
"I forgot to tell the producers that I had recently dyed my hair bright purple and rocked up to my interview with it. They were all in hysterics and found me hilarious, which I couldn't figure out was a good thing or not. Turns out, it was.
"I was cast within the next few days, just like that! The key is to be yourself, warts and all. That way, if you do get cast, you come across as genuinely you."
3. Claudia Conaglen, Bachelorette, season two:
"The thing is, girls need to be prepared for how they're going to be portrayed on TV - because I sure wasn't. It's been a rough year, it was challenging for sure but it definitely makes you a stronger person, I guess.
"You have to be prepared for everything, you know, once you get confirmation that you've been cast, you need to sit down with a lawyer and go through everything. I wasn't really prepared when the show started filming. A lot of the casting process involves questions about your personality. Some girls had to go in for a face-to-face interview, others had to send in a video of themselves.
"I was in Hawaii at the time, so I couldn't make the interview. I didn't have to send in a video of myself - but I sent in a lot of pictures. Next, you have to do a Skype call with a psychologist, that (takes) a long time. And that was like an interview process in itself."
4. Alysha Brown, Bachelorette, season one:
"First and foremost, do not try and create a character that you think will be entertaining or gain attention. The people of NZ can see right through this rubbish and very rarely will look upon you favourably.
"Second: What makes you unique is what will set you apart from the rest. Diversity is key in a group of 25 girls. Casting will be looking for girls to tick their multiple boxes to ensure that at least one is the perfect partner for the bachelor himself.
"Third: Why are you doing this? Do you genuinely want to have that one in twenty five chance of finding your happily ever after, or are you doing this for other reasons, such as those that reared its ugly head in the last season - the need for attention and social media exposure?
"If so, please step down. Allow those who believe in the process to come through. We do not want a repeat of season two!"
5. Jordan Mauger, The Bachelor, season two:
"If I have nothing good to say, I shouldn't say anything at all. But good luck to whomever he is."