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The Bachelor: Inside a Reality TV Casting Call

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Caroline Yoo
After another few minutes spent waiting together in a hallway, the four of us were individually called into separate rooms for the interviews.

Now, I wish I could describe the actual interview process -- but the non-disclosure paperwork I signed guaranteed all sorts of violent legal action for revealing The Bachelor's inner workings. In general, I can say that I was asked about my dating history and my feelings about wanting to be on the show.

After about five minutes of questioning, the producer shook my hand and told me that they would contact me in four to six weeks if I made the cut.

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I returned to the ballroom to find around 40 people scribbling away at their applications. I sat down next to Kyle, a hunky construction worker filling out his paperwork in the rear of the ballroom. He was wearing a grease- and dirt-stained yellow T-shirt, mud-encrusted cargo shorts and work boots.

"I figure if you're in an interview with people actually doing this show, why not be as real as possible?" he said, explaining he came to the hotel after a day spent crawling around underneath houses to repair termite damage.

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Caroline Yoo
This guy put the "real" in reality show.
I stuck around talking to other hopefuls still awaiting their turn. Lauren, a 25-year-old college senior from St. Charles, confessed she's only had one boyfriend in her entire life, but she's always watched The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. "I love all the different locations they go to, all the women and the men they find." she says. "I do want to get eventually married some some day, or meet somebody some day. I would love to be on the show."

Across the room sits David, a 24-year-old recent transplant to St. Louis from Kansas City wearing a patterned yellow sports jacket. He says it's rough dating as a guy living alone in a new city.

"Dating in the real world hasn't worked very well so far, so I thought I'd give this an opportunity, take a chance," he says. "I am a fan of the show, and knowing they go through such a rigorous screening process, I don't believe that they would put people on the show that aren't very good potential matches. It doesn't always work out, but with so many people applying and so few people getting on the show, they have to know what they're doing."

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Caroline Yoo

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The Bachelor's casting call lacked the snaking lines and high-stakes performance anxiety of The Voice's Chaifetz Arena-set auditions last summer. Even so, there was something odd about the whole experience. It was like a mixer where attractive, smart and available singles ignore their thoroughly dateable counterparts just feet away. I didn't observe much in the way of interaction between contestants, let alone flirting. But really, that's to be expected. It's like Christina says, describing her mindset of how she'll behave if she winds up on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette:

"Just because you're with these people doesn't mean they have to like you," she says. "Because that's not what you're there for -- to make friends."

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com


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33 comments
Gary Muich
Gary Muich

He needs tro get rid of that RP Lumber shirt first off! The owner and son are a complete joke! They live in a mansion with Italian marble floors and under pay their workers!

Jillian Ashley
Jillian Ashley

20 people showed up half an hour early. Whoop dee do.

Sara Anne Mac
Sara Anne Mac

Lol I know I was so mad when I found out Randi Slusher

Randi Slusher
Randi Slusher

Sara Anne Mac Where were you?! Men everywhere.

Sarah Glidewell
Sarah Glidewell

Michael Petruso, can't wait to hear this story. Glad your hair looked amazing. ;-)

Jeff Petruso
Jeff Petruso

I'm not sure how I feel about this but one thing I am sure of if you are selected you will win.

Michael Petruso
Michael Petruso

Ohh geesh, had I known they were gonna use it as the cover photo I would have respectfully declined. Getting jawed pretty hard about this lol, but thank you all!

Tara Purnell
Tara Purnell

That's just crazy... Petruso possibly on the bachelor!!!

Stephen Mennemeyer
Stephen Mennemeyer

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Rex Lupo
Rex Lupo

Lil, I know the guy in the cover mike he's such a good guy hope he makes it.

Anna Gruber
Anna Gruber

Ryan huh???? Sorry but your better as a Mike!

Maria Christine Tabacchi
Maria Christine Tabacchi

If this guy is on the bachelor I might actually watch that show! Where is this guy in stl?!

Terry Cagle
Terry Cagle

I could totally see Michael Petruso on the bachelor go for it dude!!! I'd watch it if he was on it

Micah Hefner
Micah Hefner

Did you change your name Michael Petruso? And didn't know you went by Ryan? Haha

Fahmy Hassan
Fahmy Hassan

Mikey is trying to show off his big guns on the national tele;)

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