While casting The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, producers have a lot to take into account: general attractiveness, willingness to hop into a hot tub at a moment’s notice, ability to catfight on cue, and the maturity needed to make a love last (at least until “After The Final Rose,” when you’re welcome to break up on screen).
While it’s harder to predict a contestant’s hot tub game, maturity level is a bit easier to deduce (sort of), simply based on age. So what’s the magic number contestants need to have reached to grace Bachelor Mansion?
According to The Bachelor’s casting eligibility requirements, a contestant must be just 21 years old to treat us to their skinny dipping skillz. While some of the greatest love affairs we’ve witnessed are between young pups — Romeo and Juliet were 16 and 13, respectively — 21 still seems a bit young to start searching for a forever mate. In your early 20s, aren’t you still snagging nickels for your Natty Lite cans and sharing an apartment with roommates that eat your cereal?
Most Bachelor/Bachelorettes realize that their 21-year-old contestants are a fun time but not serious enough to keep around. However, if a youngun were to do well on the show and become a fan favorite, there’s a chance they could become the next season’s lead. Imagine, if you will, what the cast of a 21-year-old Bachelor would look like. Remember your spring break in Cabo where woke up in a palm tree spooning a pinata donkey? Yeah, no bueno.
Thankfully, ABC has never exposed our eyeballs to that situation, because the average age of stars has been considerably higher than fresh out of the frat house. Curious what the average age of leads has been? You can check it out here.
Do you think 21 is too young to look for love or is age nothing but a number?