This year’s season of The Bachelor Australia will run a little bit differently than past seasons as the only tea we’ll be copping will be from the show and not from social media posts or spicy interviews.
According to the new episode of the So Dramatic! podcast, “Ten have gone to extreme lengths to gag the girls this season.”
A production insider told poddy host Megan Pustetto that when the girls arrived at the mansion, they “were asked to sign an amendment to their initial contract.
“The amendment asked them to sign over all of their social media passwords to Warner Brothers and Channel Ten throughout the entire duration of the show.”
The new contract imposes a “social media freeze period” where contestants will have to hand over the keys to the kingdom (read: the passwords to their Instagrams) to Ten’s social media peeps and they will be “locked out of social media for two and half months.”
“But… I literally only came here for the ‘gram.”
As the season airs, contestants will have to run their posts and captions by Ten for approval, also comments will be turned off on all their posts and their DMs will be closed so they can only be contacted by people they follow.
So Dramatic! says the contract also stipulated that they are not allowed to speak to the media or “a certain podcaster.” She adds that Nadine Kodsi from last year’s season going rogue and leaking the winner was probably to blame for that.
The plus side for the contestants? They’ll automatically receive that coveted blue tick, plus Ten allegedly offered them $5000 each to sign the contract amendment, which they’ll have to forfeit if they’re in breach of their contract.
Although the Bachelor production source claimed it was an “optional” clause, apparently if they did not agree to the social media blackout, they would not receive all those fabulous cocktail party pics which, let’s be real, is probs the reason why most folks sign on.
We recently ran a yarn that showed you where to follow each contestant on Insta (it’s HERE, by the way), and if you go ahead and give them all a sneaky stalk, you’ll notice that their bios say something along the lines of: “This account is currently being run by a third party.”
So there’s your proof!
The Bachelor kicks off on Wednesday night and let’s hope the show itself is spicy enough to entertain us without all the additional tea.