By Amanda Rock
The Bachelor, an ABC television series hosted by Chris Harrison, never fails to excite a host of CCHS students. Although Chris Harrison dubs every season “the most dramatic season yet,” Season 20 may actually live up to the title.
Ben Higgens, Season 20 bachelor and a finalist form Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of The Bachelorette, met 28 women on the first night of week one. Among them were a woman wearing a unicorn hat, a cowgirl riding a pony, and a pair of twins — yes, twins! Twenty-six of Ben’s potential wives were taken aback by the unexpected arrival of two women who have starred in ABC’s previous shows: Becca Tilley and Amber James, both of whom competed in Chris Soules’ Season 19 but ultimately failed to obtain the final rose.
Now, bachelor fanatics are biting their nails as week 9 approaches. Three contestants remain: Caila, a software sales representative from Ohio; JoJo, a Southern girl from Texas; and Lauren B., a spunky flight attendant. Last week, Amanda, a single mother, was sent packing to California after her hometown date. As each new week approaches and passes, each date and each rose becomes increasingly dramatic and critical.
Ben Higgens is this year’s bachelor, and many consider him to be one of the most genuine that has appeared on the show in all of its seasons. He speaks his mind and seems to have a genuine and natural aura about him since Kaitlyn’s season of The Bachelorette and throughout his airy of The Bachelor Season 20.
Although Ben seems extremely genuine, bachelors in the past have not always found luck with love. Many seasons end in proposals, but the rings are often disarmed and wedding plans broken up after the final episode. Sx couples are still together from the thirty combined seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, most notably Sean and Catherine Lower, who tied the knot in January of 2014 in a live broadcasted wedding.
Despite the statistics, some CCHS students think that the the television show is a successful means of discovering a spouse. Junior Erin Lynch said, “I think that it’s unrealistic, but if it’s God’s plan to meet your soulmate on the Bachelor, then you have to follow that journey and answer that vocation. Lynch thinks that Lauren B. win Ben’s heart and receive the final rose. Why? “She’s genuine, loves kids, and is really outgoing,” she said.
Another Junior, Isabelle Pringle, disagrees. “I think you need to know someone just a little bit longer than a month. I don’t think that anyone is really ready to be engaged to a person after just a month.” She hopes that the bachelor ends up with JoJo because they have a deep connection and look good together.
Three episodes remain in the season, including episode 9 dates, the women tell all, and the season finale on March 14th.