A hefty number of men got in line for a chance to find love, or at least 15 minutes of fame, when they showed up for casting calls held for The Bachelorette at Tradition Square in Port St. Lucie, Florida on February 23.
The hopefuls filled out forms and made three-minute audition tapes explaining why they should earn a spot on the reality dating show, The Bachelorette, which is a spin-off of The Bachelor. Both shows follow the same format in which a man or woman is allowed the luxury of choosing a mate from a handful of suitors. Each week, the bachelor or bachelorette eliminates one candidate from the group.
For The Bachelorette‘s upcoming season, DeAnna Pappas, who was rejected by 11th season Bachelor Brad Womack, is slated to frontline as the love searcher on the quest to find a husband from a pool of bachelors.
According to Mark Prutisto, director of a local ABC affiliate station that conducted the auditions, all of the tapes from this and other auditions around the country are sent to Los Angeles casting directors who will make the final choices.
Among those who auditioned is Mike Smith, 47, from Fort Pierce, who reveals that he tried out for The Bachelorette because he has not been able to find women his age since he moved from Georgia. He said all of the women he encounters on the Treasure Coast are too young for him.
“I’m really not into the bar scene,” Smith said. “That makes it hard to meet women unless you want to go to the Internet.”
This is the second time the shows have held auditions in Port St. Lucie, and last Thursday the shows had auditions in Fort Lauderdale.
“South Florida has been a great place to select applicants from,” Prutisto said.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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