10+ Rules Contestants On 'The Bachelor' And 'The Bachelorette' Have To Follow

So we're talking rules on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette today, people. What? I thought this was supposed to be a reality?

There aren't any rules in real relationships! Just love <3.

No declining dates.


No matter how crazy they might be. In your contract, you agree to things like:

"skydiving, snow skiing, ice skating, parasailing, water skiing, rollerblading, and the like." Jeez.

Physical and psychological testing.


Your body and mind must be sound in order to appear on a high-class TV Show like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette.

At least, this is according to the people who have appeared on the show.

Two suitcases, max.


So not only are you only allowed to bring that much clothing, but you're expected to have all of it as well!

What goes into the suitcase is also specific.


According to one account from an ex-contestant, you were supposed to have:

"clothing for both cold and warm weather, athletic wear, bathing suits, heels, tennis shoes, sandals, cocktail, long, and casual dresses, and heavy coats.”

You have to keep your mouth shut.


Mostly, the show is filmed all together, so what happens in the finale is known by most before it actually ends on TV.

Well, if you spill the beans, you'll have to pay $5,000,000. JEEZ!

No P-Word.


What? No, not that P-Word, you pervert.

No, the word is "process". Every time someone mentions that building a relationship is a "process" they retape it so that they say "journey". How corny.

You don't get paid.


Sure, you might think you're going to get $100,000 per season, but that's a lie. Contestants apparently get zero, zip, nothing for their time.

And they have to bring their own wardrobe too, which gets expensive.

Not eating on Dinner Dates.


Mostly because the Mikes don't want to pick up the sound of you chewing and they want as much talking footage as possible.

You're actually supposed to eat right before the dinner date.

You're recorded 24/7.


Like most reality TV shows, you never get a break from the cameras.

While you sleep, while you're "alone", every moment of every day is captured so it can potentially be shown to people all around the world.

The Mansion isn't air conditioned.


So yeah, things get hot and heavy in that beautiful palace where they live, and not in a good way.

Too bad you're never allowed to leave and you have to sweat it out.

There might not be condoms.


We know that people on these two shows have intercourse but sometimes, there might not be condoms.

You may have to return the Ring


Veteran watchers of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are familiar with the rings the finalists receive.

Some news sites have estimated they are worth between $50,000 and $100,000.

You may have to return the Ring (continued).


Well, you might have to give them back at the end. According to Bachelorette winner Jesse Csincsak:

"In the contract, it says if you are not together for two years after the final day of the show airing, you have to give them the ring back." 

Producers help make the decisions.


Ever wonder how your favorite Bachelor/Bachelorette let that insane person have a rose?

Well, that might be the producers trying to keep the bad guy/girl in to drum up more ratings.

Goodbye, outside world.


Yeah, once you get into the house you're cut off from the outside world. No phones, no laptops, you can't even bring in magazines.

Your life becomes about getting that Bachelor or Bachelorette.