Where does such an event take place? Well, ABC chose the celebrity-friendly bar RockIt for the casting call, which happens to be right in the middle of Wrigleyville here in Chicago. Here’s a photo of the inside of RockIt:
Now imagine that 10 times darker and packed full of aspiring reality tv actresses.
So immediately when we get there a couple of super intimidating women at the door shove these 200-question surveys in our hands and tell us not to talk to them until those are complete. We grab their 3-inch long pencils and get to work. Here’s a quick sampling of some of the questions that we had to answer (as you can probably tell, I didn’t take this thing very seriously):
- Please describe your ideal mate in terms of physical attraction: Roberto
- Please describe your ideal mate in terms of personality: Ben C
- What are some of your hobbies? watching the Bachelor, farmers markets, sodoku, skee ball, ziplining/rappelling/bungee jumping, dancing in knee high socks alone in my bedroom
- List the 3 adjectives that best describe you: sensual, sexy, slippery
- Do you drink alcoholic beverages: Hell yeah!
- Have you ever had a temporary restraining order issued against you? Would that increase my chances of getting on this show?
- Why do you want to be on this show? To get on DWTS or Bachelor Pad 3.
….as well as a few basics too (age, height, weight, kids, previous marriage, criminal record, tattoos)
So then after turning over our surveys, the waiting begins. I had some time to take in the crowd, and ask a few girls some questions. I met one who had called in sick to work that day and traveled from St. Louis just to be there for the audition. There were others with photo collages of themselves and resume books to submit – obviously desperate to be
famous on the show.
There was even 1 toolbag guy who had shown up to audition for THE Bachelor. Seriously, man. Little do you know, ABC is just joking when they encourage everyone to audition to be the next Bachelor, and Bentley or Blake or some other clown from Ashley’s season will get the job.
Here’s a quick shot of the scene downstairs:
So an hour and 3 Blue Moons later into this waiting game, they finally called our names to go upstairs to the interrogation chamber. It looked a little creepy up there, and we knew we were in ABC territory.
It was just missing the signature Pier 1 decor and some spooky candles on the walls.
So then the actual fun started. We had to hold a white board up to our chest with our name and phone number and get photographed in multiple directions, criminal style. We were then escorted over to a couch for a one-on-one interview with a “producer” – who, in my case, was just a sloppy, half-asleep dude eating some stale RockIt pizza.
Questions this time around were a little more personal, and based on topics like family, friends, work history, relationship history, and in general, why do we want to be on the show and are we genuinely looking to get married (in 6 weeks to a guy that we’ve just met). In the spirit of undercover research, I played along and said absolutely.
And that was it! After a few more quick body shots (literally panning my body up and down with his home video camera from all angles, how awkward), I was done! Their final instructions were that they’d follow up with me by the end of June, but I’m not holding my breath, considering it’s June 29 already and I totally forgot to submit my bikini photo collage that night.
Big thanks to my friends Toccara, Brittany, and Jen who were my accomplices that night, and are faithful ATR readers!
If any of you guys get casted, you know AcceptThisRose will be there to cover the whole thing.
If anyone else has tried out for the Bachelor, let us know! We’d love hear about your experience.