You may or may not love the bachelor or the bachelorette but ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ is a whole new ball game. We bring you the rules you probably didn’t know you had to follow in Bachelor in Paradise.
1. Take psych exams
You have to take a psych exam before you join, that’s right. No crazy individuals on the show, Dylan Barbour revealed when asked if people sign up for a free vacation; "I think it's a mix. Absolute wild experience, but there's a chance you meet someone for real. You all take psych exams, so you could be scientifically matched."
But that is not all, there is actually a psychologist on the show whose job is to make sure the contestants are sane.
"They have psychologists on board, and it's their job to mentally assess you to see how you're going to react to situations," Kalon McMahon said back in 2014. "I have to admit, they are very good at their jobs."
2. Men must wear a necklace and making out is a must
Men are actually required to wear a necklace which has a mic built in and making out on camera is definitely encouraged. Although there are a ton of intimate sessions which don’t get shown.
But don’t worry people get their privacy, when a fan asked Dylan Barbour about his privacy and making out, he replied; "Looooool yeah the producers just turn around"
3. Wait a looonnggg time for the fantasy suite
For those lucky enough to get the fantasy suite have to wait all night for 1-on-1 time. According to Evan Bass, "couples really only get a few hours of alone time," and the Fantasy Suite portion "doesn’t start until the wee morning hours. Ours was 2:30 a.m."
Wow we hope the wait was worth it.
4. Sharing stuff is a must as is waxing and long hours
Wells Adams was a bartender on BiP season 6, and he actually worked full-time. "I'm there every day and would usually work like an eight to nine-hour shift," he told TV Insider.
"So yeah, I'd get up there, go set the bar up, and then they'd start sending people down to my bar. And it depends—if it's a rose ceremony, then that's a night shoot. So generally, if I'm there really, really late and then they'd give me the morning off."
5. The producers decide what you can and cannot do
The producers decide what you can and cannot do and there is absolutely no hiding from the cameras but the good news is that anything goes in the oceans. Raven Gates, revealed, “When I was on, [Adam Gottschalk] would take me into the ocean and say some dirty sh*t to me."
6. You are trapped on a resort which isn't the same place you go on dates and Chris Harrison is based
You are expected to stay at the resortin Sayulita, Mexico, called the Playa Escondida—and everyone is basically trapped there. Except when they go on dates, which typically take place at...Vidanta Resort Nuevo Vallarta, and Glamour reports that a ton of the special 1-on-1 dates on BiP go down here.
Per Glamour, the Vidanta Resort Nuevo Vallarta is where the Bachelor in Paradise production offices are based, andwhere Chris Harrison holes up. Weirdly, it's a full hour away from Playa Escondida.
The only person who has no rules is the host Chris Harrison.
"Honestly, I get a lot of downtime. I'm here at the resort. My kids come into town. My friends come into town."
7. There are limits to how much you can drink but not when you can start
There is a drink limit of 2 an hour on the hour but no limit on when you can start driking but "No one drinks beer because everyone is terrified of carbs…but they do drink something called "happy juice"
"So Hannah G. started the trend of this horrible drink called 'Happy Juice,' which is white wine and red bull and it was so gross. It's a like an allegory for Paradise: Weird and gross but also like makes a lot of sense because you've got to stay up late. At the beginning, everyone made fun of it and by the end of it, everyone was drinking it!"
The food does sound good though even if everyone is avoiding carbs.
Annaliese Puccini told Women's Health,
"While in Paradise I would have egg whites with cheese, pico de gallo, and avocado or guacamole with a side of fruit. The resort makes epic guac so I'd eat it with almost every meal. I'd also have an iced coffee with coconut milk to give me some energy for the long days."
8. You can't use the AC, have to be surrounded by mouldy beds and be friends with crabs
You can't use the AC so that you are forced to hang out with each other and you have to be up for a fake wedding. Not to mention you have to give up 3 weeks of your life even though the show airs for twice that long. Considering most of the contestants are full-time influencers by the time they go on the show, this isn't a huge deal.
But that isnt the worst of it, if you make it to the end then you are surrounded by moldy beds. Wells, who told TV Insider, "This is something that people don't realize: All of those day beds that everyone goes and like sits on and stuff? Those get wet and then inevitably get moldy smelling. By the end of the season, those daybeds are nasty. If you've gotten to the end there, and you're about to get engaged, uh, you're avoiding those." Truly help.
And there are actual crabs everywhere. Mikey Tenerelli told Flare, "The first night after we all met each other, I walked into my room and I saw two crabs fighting. They were literally duelling. I was like, 'This is going to be a long trip.'"
9. The wedding is fake and you need to have another if you are serious
Speaking of weddings, yep you guessed it they are fake. Marcus Grodd dropped this bombshell after he and Lacy Faddoul got married at the end of BiP season 2, saying the ceremony wasn't legal: "When we came back, we were supposed to start the paperwork. But she stalled. I feel duped.”
10. The contract gives producers the right to embarrass you
The contract is pretty crazy, CNN obtained the contract and had it looked at by NYC-based attorney Nicole Page, who said that it gives the producers permission to "basically take your image and do whatever I want with it and I own it and you have no recourse."
ABC has "the right to change, add to, take from, edit, translate, reformat or reprocess... in any manner Producer may determine in its sole discretion."
That is not all, contestant should also expect public humiliation. The contract reportedly states "actions and the actions of others displayed in the Series may be disparaging, defamatory, embarrassing or of an otherwise unfavorable nature and may expose me to public ridicule, humiliation, or condemnation."
And of course it goes without saying you cant be involved in politics.
11. You are not forced to do anything
There is always a pressure to propose but the story lines are not pre-written. "Producers aren't forcing people to do questionable things," the anonymous producer told People.
"There are no storylines written. The worst thing they'll do is let people know that the people who succeed here tend to make a lot of friends, or find someone to be in a relationship with."
12. You get paid
12.The plus side is that you get paid unlike the bachelor and bachelorette. In Bachelor in Paradise, contestants can get paid between 7k – 15k per season. Not to mention it is pretty much a 24/7 party and even a boom boom room but it can be like summer camp and you have to rough it at times.
Kalon McMahon told ABC that, "It's literally like summer camp for adults. We're sleeping on bunk beds on top of each other, all sharing two showers, eating terrible food. It is not a glamorous life at all."
Wow, that is a lot of rules but at least you get paid for going on summer camp and get to have a fake wedding at the end.