The Bachelor: For Love of For Fame?
I don't mean to be a pessimist but when I watch The Bachelor, only one question comes to mind: Why are you here?  I can't help but question these contestants.  Some are really there to find love but they hardly ever make it to the end.  Some are there to win a competition but their aggressive nature usually gets them the boot.  Then, there are those who are looking for a little attention, a little camera time, a little fame.  Why would anybody be there for love?  The Bachelor is many things, but a matchmaking service isn't one of them.  The show has never had a couple successfully continue their relationship once the show ends, never mind get married.  The fact that there is even a proposal at the end is, at times, laughable (I'm talking to you, Matt and Shayne).  Though there's a spotlight hungry woman every now and then, the people really seeking to gain fame from being on the show are the men who claimed they were there to find true love!

Let's just look at a few examples.  After appearing on The Bachelor, Andrew Firestone got reality happy, appearing on Celebrity Poker Showdown, Celebrity Paranormal Project, and Flavor of Love: Charm School.  Bob Guiney used his 15 minutes to attempt to launch a music career.  Jesse Palmer showed that he can not only look great holding a rose, but a microphone, and became a commentator for ESPN.  Don't even get me started on Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas, who clearly put on a show last season.  Shayne's own father said that she said it would be good for her career to get on a primetime reality show. 

Though The Bachelorette's Trista and Ryan have been the only couple to actually get married and stay together, let's not pretend that the two don't enjoy a little face time on tv.  The pair broadcast their wedding in a 3 part special on ABC.  Trista has appeared in commercials, music videos, and other reality shows, most notably, Dancing With The Stars.  She was the first one eliminated in season 1, which just goes to show that her celebrity status must have been all in her head.

The only glimmer of hope, of a person who truly just wants to find Miss Right, perhaps can be found in Jason Mesnick.  Mesnick was rejected by DeAnna Pappas on last season's finale of The Bachelorette and now steps in as The Bachelor in 2009.  Considering we've already seen the guy put his heart out on the line and that we know he has a young son, one can only hope that he's not using his second stint on reality tv as a means to become famous.  If there was ever anyone is it for the right reasons, it is hopefully Jason.

- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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