Seattleites look for love at the 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette' casting call
With curated outfits and glossy headshots, 140 men and women arrived at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Seattle yesterday, hoping for a chance to be cast on the next season of ABC's "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette."
Which, given the last two seasons, isn't entirely unlikely: The current season of "The Bachelorette" features Seattleite Chris Siegfried among the eligible men, while last season, former Amazon employee Catherine Giudici was the final pick by Bachelor Sean Lowe.
Some of the candidates traveled from as far away as Spokane and Portland to be there.
But why show up at 9:30 a.m. on a Saturday, hair curled and hopes high, just to be on a reality television show?
"I'm here to find love!" explained biologist Elizabeth Larson, who'd come from Snohomish County, and called it a "good learning experience."
Alex Eli, one of the prospective Bachelors echoed the sentiment.
"I've tried at love too many times and failed, and thought that this would be the best chance to try something new."
Others were compelled by friends or family members.
"My mom didn't want me to be a cat lady," Rhianna Stepler-Camp explained, "She confronted me with it last night at midnight and was like 'You're going.'"
"The adventure aspect is really appealing," she added. Cast-members of the show are often taken to exotic locales and put up to exciting challenges, another component that many candidates cited as a reason to potentially put their love lives in front of the nation.
The casting process, which candidates described as "really fun" and "laid back," included low-key interviews with producers -- and a whole lot of sitting around and socializing.
Candidates will be notified of casting decisions later this summer.