In March 2002, a little show started called The Bachelor. Now 16 years later, its still going strong both in the US and Worldwide. The love of the show has become so overwhelming on a global level that there are versions in Japan, Germany, Sweden, Canada and more. When thinking about the fact that the Olympics were coming up, the creators of The Bachelor decided to take it up another notch. Instead of doing Bachelor in Paradise for a winter version, they wanted to celebrate the love of the show globally and bring singles from around the world. In Bachelor Winter Games you can find former contestants on the Bachelor shows from around the world competing to win the heart of their special someone. We got to sit down for an interview with Chris Harrison: Bachelor Winter Games. The Bachelor Winter Games cast includes:
Ben, 29, “The Bachelor” Season 20 – USA
Dean, 26, “The Bachelorette” Season 13 (Rachel Lindsay) – USA
Eric, 29, “The Bachelorette” Season 13 (Rachel Lindsay) – USA
Jamey, 33, “The Bachelorette” Season 13 (Rachel Lindsay) – USA
Josiah, 29, “The Bachelorette” Season 13 (Rachel Lindsay) – USA
Luke, 33, “The Bachelorette” Season 12 (JoJo Fletcher) – USA
Michael, 37, “The Bachelorette” Season 9 (Desiree Hartsock Siegfried) – USA
Bibiana, 30, “The Bachelor” Season 20 (Arie Luyendyk Jr.) – USA
Clare, 36, “The Bachelor” Season 18 (Juan Pablo Galavis) – USA
Lauren G, 26, “The Bachelor” Season 20 (Arie Luyendyk Jr.) – USA
Lesley, 30, “The Bachelor” Season 17 (Sean Lowe) – USA
Christian, 34, “The Bachelorette” Season 1 – Switzerland and Germany
Courtney, 31, “The Bachelorette” Season 2 – Australia
Jordan, 34, “The Bachelor” Season 2 – New Zealand
Kevin, 33, “The Bachelorette” Season 1 – CanadaInternational WomenAlly, 24, “The Bachelor” Season 3 – New Zealand
Jenny, 34, “The Bachelor” Season 1 – Finland
Laura, 29, “The Bachelor” Season 1 – United Kingdom
Lily, 21, “The Bachelor” Season 3 – New Zealand
Nastassia, 26, “The Bachelor” Season 3 – Sweden
Rebecca, 26, “The Bachelor” Season 3 – Sweden
Tiffany, 31, “The Bachelor” Season 4 – Australia
Yuki, 21, “The Bachelor” Season 1 – Japan
Zoe, 25, “The Bachelor” Season 1 – China
The first thing I have to say is Chris Harrison is amazingly funny and open. He was willing to tell us all the nitty gritty and was very candid about certain subjects. One of my biggest questions was about the safety of these singles. You see I’m not a huge fan of The Bachelor mostly because the few times I have watched it, people were jumping into bed or kissing with each other quite quickly. You will be happy to know that the contestants all go through an extensive medical and background check. The medical includes a mental health evaluation if though it may seem otherwise. Chris did say there is some gray areas. I loved that he told us that if he locked the door, 75% of us would be crazy and he would be driving the bus!
We got to see a special preview of the first episode of The Bachelor Winter Games. We can tell you that there will be a rose ceremony BUT we didn’t get to see that part.
There were a few contestants who seemed to have hit it off quite quickly though and a few couples were formed. In order to go on a date, the contestants must participate in Winter Games. In the premiere episode there will be a biathlon. The females compete against the females and will have one winner while the males compete against the males and have one winner. Each winner is allowed to pick one person to go on a date with.
The standout international contestant is Yuki. I absolutely adored her (so did Chris!) The only issue is Yuki speaks very little English. Chris was able to make sure we knew that they did have a translator to help at times but later on in the season Yuki and Chris will have a heart to heart where Chris will actually talk to Yuki in Japanese. I love that he took the time to speak in her native language to have a real conversation. Chris called it his greatest achievement of his career.
“Yuki is going to be the biggest star in America, EVER!” – Chris Harrison
The creators of The Bachelor Winter Games wanted to make a global celebration of love. Watching the first episode I think they did that. The criteria for picking their contestants was to find contestants from around the world that would be willing to travel to Vermont and bring them to live in one house and then put them to athletic tests.
“The Bachelor Winter Games may be some of my favorite television we have ever produced.”- Chris Harrison
The Bachelor Winter Games will have a 2 week run and be up against the Olympics but it should be a fun break.
Chris talked with us about his love for the shows and the contestants. He is still friends with several of the former contestants of The Bachelor. He even talked Ben into doing The Bachelor Winter Games. Chris even told us that we will see him and Ben have a real heart to heart talk during the season!
“They’re like my children. I tell my children this, In all sincerity, don’t confuse me for one of my friends. I’m not your friends, I’m your father.” – Chris Harrison
I loved this quote because it shows how he thinks of the contestants as part of his family. There have been deaths, divorces, affairs and marriages. Chris called them a traveling band of gypsies.
While Chris believes in the show and believes in love, don’t look for him to be one of The Bachelors. He would worry too much about the production aspect of the show to find a wife.
Don’t forget to watch Chris Harrison Bachelor Winter Games, a global celebration of unity and love, premieres on TUESDAY, FEB. 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
The series will continue on Thursday, February 15; Tuesday, February 20, and will have its finale on Thursday, February 22. All episodes will air 8:00-10:01 p.m. EST. Keep up with all the fun with the Bachelor Winter Games social media accounts: