Why You Should Watch 'The Bachelorette'
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Like most people, I've swore off watching reality dating shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. It's the same formula anyway: a bunch of women vying for the affections of one guy or vice versa. It's a little pathetic when you think about it because most of the men and women who come on the show are quite attractive and could easily find love elsewhere. And aside from the premise, which I think is becoming a bit stale, there's also that fat chance that the reality TV couple would just breakup after the cameras are done rolling.

This season, however, the star of The Bachelorette is Jillian Harris. The 29-year-old interior designer from Canada introduced her hot dog-topping theory of dating on last season's The Bachelor (ketchup means he is an all-American boy, onion eaters are not the marrying kind, and mustard is the guy women are looking for) and she'll be putting her theory on the test once more as she tries to find love on the new season of The Bachelorette.

There's nothing really different about The Bachelorette's new season except for the fact that Jillian will be pursued by 30 men instead of 25 suitors - the first in the franchise's history. I'm sure producers will have some tricks up their sleeves to shake up the show but, taken as a whole, the idea is pretty much the same as the previous seasons.

What's worth watching on the show is Jillian herself. She's fun, smart and cute -some people even consider her the best thing that has ever happened to The Bachelor franchise. And seeing how she's unsure if she will ever choose one guy in the end (she actually admitted this in an interview) and is open to following in the some-what controversial footsteps of Bachelor Brad Womack by not choosing a fiancé -- well that's enough reason for me stick around. I plan to give it a shot, if for no other reason than to see what happens in the end. Will you?

The Bachelor premieres Monday, May 18 on ABC.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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