As a longtime Bachelorette fan, it’s hard to watch Clare Crawley’s season knowing what’s to come. It isn’t that I blame her for “blowing up The Bachelorette” (Chris Harrison’s words, not mine). However, her decision is drawing attention to something I’ve known for years but avoided out of fear that it isn’t feasible: The franchise needs to change if it wants to maintain its audience.
For years, The Bachelorette has kept our attention due to its ability to prove our dating life isn’t so bad. But times have changed. Relationships aren’t the same as they were when The Bachelor first premiered back in 2002. So, why haven’t producers updated the show’s outdated format?
It’s not that it isn’t possible, since modern dating series (like Love Is Blind and Too Hot to Handle) thrive on technology. Perhaps Bachelorette producers are so comfortable with the way things are run, they have no desire to shake things up.
If nothing changes, there’s a good chance Crawley’s situation will be the first of many seasons gone awry. (Since social media is so easily accessible, someone was bound to break the rules by contacting the lead prior to the show.)