It’s the question we’ve all been dying to hear the answer to – just how ‘real’ is reality TV?
Take a show like The Bachelor, how much is reality and how much is carefully stage managed and given the Hollywood spit and polish? Also, is it really possible to find true love on a ‘reality’ dating show?
RadarOnline.com sat down with Matt Grant, the star from season twelve of The Bachelor, a show entitled The Bachelor : London Calling, for a frank and candid interview.
Matt takes us behind the scenes of the ABC show to give us a peek into the filming, how the show producers skewer reality to make for good TV, what the girls are really like, if he believes in love at first sight and if he thinks it’s possible to find love on a reality TV show.
Matt says that the filming routine is brutal, with 12 – 13 hours a day going into filming scenes, and that your whole routine is thrown into chaos with staying in hotels, not eating properly and no chance to escape to the gym. Matt says when they were filming the first night’s episode, where he had to cut down 25 women to 15 they didn’t finish filming till 5.30 – 6.30 am!
And the attractive Brit goes on to say that what you see on screen often has no grounding in reality – telling one funny story where show producers picked a run down, dirty house in London and pretended it was Matt’s family home. Something Matt’s mom was none too happy about as she thought the place was “a tip”!
Matt says that another thing not true to reality is all the women clambering for him and “falling in love”. Modestly, he says that he realizes “not all the women are going to fancy you” which “creates an awkward air as the majority of them just want to win, and will say anything to do so.” Going on to concede that “the format [of the show] isn’t really conducive with real love”.
And the still single hunk dishes on the girls that were selected for him, saying he didn’t think that there was much chance of him finding true love in the first place as he was “generally disappointed” with those that were chosen. Adding that although “they were all beautiful” “none of them shared many interests”. Adding that he would of liked it if there were some girls that were interested in “current affairs and politics”, which Matt studied at college, or even if the girls knew little things like “there are no palm trees in London” and “we don’t celebrate 4th July”!
Does Matt believe in love at first sight? “No I don’t” he says, quipping that he does however believe in “lust at first sight”!