The Bachelor Winter Games
will take dating to whole new level as it flies contestants from around the world and bring together fan favorites from the United States. Participants will compete in winter-themed athletic challenges-- all in the name of love. While the spin-off has a format similar to its predecessors (Bachelor in Paradise/Bachelor Pad
), it takes pride in doing something different such as embracing the cultural differences of its bachelors and bachelorettes.
Bringing together Bachelor Nation fan favorites already sparks plenty of drama but adding international stars make it even more complicated mainly because of cultural differences.
For instance, on The Bachelor in China, there was only one woman who kissed the lead throughout the entire season.
"It was really surprising. I was shocked at how different it was," series executive producer Bennett Graebner told E! News
. "Yes, you can recognize a rose ceremony, a breakup, but it really is different and there are cultural differences. Like when I found out only one participant had kissed the Bachelor in China, I was shocked and it really gave me pause and made me realize there are going to be some cultural differences when we through everyone together."
These cultural differences will be addressed head-on on Bachelor Winter Games, kicking off with the kissing competition in the third episode of the spin-off. The Fantasy Suite, on the other hand, will be the subject of controversy in the final episode of the season.
"You really could see the cultural differences, that not everyone was as comfortable with the idea of a fantasy suite as the Americans were," said Graebner. "It really makes a difference where people are from."
For host Chris Harrison, who also serves as producer on Bachelor Winter Games, those differences is "the beauty" of the reality dating franchise's latest spin-off.
"It was bringing all of these cultures together and let's tear down the borders--and not in a political way," he said. "It was just a really cool way of getting to know each other and easing into this and so we are we were very cognizant of that and very careful of that and very respectful of things that we had them do or would ask them to do to make sure that all these cultures and all the different people would feel comfortable with it."
Bachelor Winter Games premieres February 13 at 8/7c on ABC.
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