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As The Bachelor Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Nick Viall Reveals Double-Edged Sword Of Bachelor Nation Fame

Nick Viall

You’ve probably heard the term “here for the right reasons” if you’ve seen even one episode of The Bachelor.

The phrases are used so frequently that they’ve become a trigger for Bachelor drinking games.

However, there’s a reason why housemates’ motives are frequently questioned: many of the competitors become renowned.

So, who’s looking for love, and who’s looking to promote their business and gain more Instagram followers?

Nick Viall, the season 21 lead, knows a thing or two about Bachelor Nation fame,

and as the program celebrates its 20th anniversary, he revealed the most important thing the show can do for its participants,

as well as the price tag that comes with it.

Nick Viall knows everything there is to know about Bachelor Nation.

Viall was a contestant on The Bachelorette for two seasons, finishing second to both Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe.

He auditioned for Bachelor in Paradise before landing the role of the main male,

where he was temporarily engaged to Vanessa Grimaldi.

On his podcast, The Viall Files, he now discusses all things love.

Viall claimed he’s frequently asked by other candidates for assistance because of his vast Bachelor Nation record

and recently told Variety that the most beneficial thing the experience affords its casts is “great access.”

”Some of the biggest celebrities, athletes, politicians,

and business leaders are fans of the show,

and many of us alums have found ourselves in rooms,

hanging out with people we once would have paid money to see and waited hours in line to do it.

That’s access, and access is the most valuable thing the show gives you.

People say, ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,’

and being a member of Bachelor Nation can open up the door to knowing

very important and influential people you might have never had the chance to meet.”

The amount of access certain cast members have as a result of starring in a Bachelor franchise program is actually very startling.

Being a part of Bachelor Nation unquestionably opens doors for its members,

from Katie Thurston and her new boyfriend Jon Hersey walking the red carpet at

the People’s Choice Awards to Michelle Young and her fiance Nayte Olukoya attending Rihanna’s Fenty Skin event,

where they hung out with the singer and A$AP Rocky,

to Michelle Young and her fiance Nayte Olukoya attending Rihanna’s Fenty Skin event, where they

People may be attracted by the Bachelor Nation experience,

but curiosity does not imply respect, according to Nick Viall.

Just because you have access to high-profile events and celebrities

doesn’t guarantee your opinions on topics not related to the program will be taken seriously.

He explained that this caution doesn’t always sit well with former cast members:

”It can be a sobering realization to consider that, despite the attention and social media follows and heart-eyes emojis we receive while on the show, most of the new influential people we have access to aren’t all that interested in what we have to say about things that don’t pertain to our experience on the show. They aren’t all interested in what we hope to make of this experience, and it’s certainly not a priority for them to make sure we are successful after the show. Why should they, anyway? The people we are excited to suddenly have access to are people who put in the time and work to be in rooms that we suddenly found ourselves in.


That’s logical. Being on a reality dating program is unlikely to get you a lot of

respect from others who have worked hard for years to achieve the same level of access.

Nick Viall tells competitors to surprise people with their humility and show that they’re prepared to work hard and be patient, with him.

Twenty years ago when The Bachelor Season 1 premiered on March 25, 2002,

there wasn’t much concern about people going on the show for fame or to grow their business.

Social media has really changed the game for the dating show, and it’s an interesting topic to dissect two decades later.

With Clayton Echard’s history-making season recently coming to an end,

we’ve got a bit of a break before Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey join forces as co-leads of The Bachelorette (hopefully with Rachel’s dad and Gabby’s grandpa making appearances). Stay tuned for updates on Season 19, and in the meantime, check out our 2022 TV Schedule to see what other premieres are coming soon.

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