‘The Bachelor’ Matt James Had To Face Obstacles No Other Lead Has Before; ‘It Was Trial by Fire’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The Bachelorette solely has round 5 extra episodes left earlier than Tayshia Adams’ season is over. And there’s actually solely a little bit over a month till Matt James’ season of The Bachelor begins. It appears a little bit nearer collectively than regular since COVID-19 triggered Clare Crawley’s season to start out filming later in the summertime. But, regardless, followers are getting each nonetheless and Matt James’s promo appears actually attractive. He has a really completely different introduction into the Bachelor Nation world than different leads, after all, which made his begin a bit rockier than others. 

Matt James new season of ‘The Bachelor’ premieres in January 

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Again, Adams’ season is ready to have its finale round Dec. 21 and James’s promos present his season premieres on Jan. 4. A good way to kick off the brand new yr. And although ABC is following related precautions with James’s season due to COVID, nonetheless, the 2 seasons are going to look utterly completely different. Which is already apparent as seen by the promos. 

Crawley and Adams’ season takes place in Palm Springs, CA within the desert at a sprawling resort. And James’s season was filmed at an enormous resort in a wooded space of Pennsylvania in line with Entertainment Tonight. Instead of a flat space, it appears like a mansion. 

And this season goes again to its common format of only one lead with 30 contestants to start out off with. There will probably be no falling love at first sight like Crawley did, or so it appears. But that doesn’t imply this upcoming The Bachelor season is something regular. 

Since James had by no means been on the present, he had no concept methods to take part in rose ceremonies and different issues 

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In an Us Weekly interview with Chris Harrison on Nov. 24, the host talked about new and odd this was for James. He’s such an unprecedented lead in that he’s by no means been on the present earlier than. In the previous, the lead has at all times been a contestant on the present in previous seasons, however James has not. He has a connection by being alum Tyler Cameron’s friend, and he was solid in Crawley’s season. But he didn’t really make it on the present earlier than being solid in June. 

“There are some wonderful things to the naïveté and innocence to just coming in,” Harrison stated. “But then there are little things that we had to really stop, and you know, [it’s] night one and he doesn’t know what to do.” 

There have been issues just like the well-known rose ceremony that James might need seen on TV however by no means filmed the behind the scenes of. He didn’t know the ins and outs of giving roses (having by no means obtained any both) and so it was all so new with such an enormous studying curve.

“He doesn’t know the vernacular, he doesn’t know what I’m going to do,” Harrison continued. “We really had to walk him through and teach him; it was Bachelor 101. And it was trial by fire.”

But regardless of some “mess-ups” and “trip-ups” Harrison stated that audiences may see some “endearing and cute” moments play out due to it. Depending on if the edits are stored in. 

“Because this guy was just genuinely going through this and would stop and go ‘Wait, what are we doing?’” Harrison stated. “And so, there was some fun to it. But there were also some trials and tribulations and a few hurdles we had to overcome.”

It’s by no means ‘the wrong time’ to do the ‘right thing’ for James 

James can also be the primary Black Bachelor, which is an enormous transfer for the franchise. Rachel Lindsay was the primary Black Bachelorette in 2017 and has been an outspoken advocate for extra variety inside the present for a while now, getting fed up with the dearth of accountability ABC has taken previously. 

“I think [my casting is] a step in the right direction,” James instructed Good Morning America again in June when casting was introduced. “When Rachel speaks, we listen. She has a very important voice in all this, being the first Black woman, person of color, to [be the] lead, so I think we’re all following suit in that conversation. Hopefully this is the first of many black men to be in the position I’m in now.”

Even although it’s taken nearly 20 years to solid a Black man within the lead — or any man of colour — James had a really “better late than never” perspective. 

“I don’t think it’s ever the wrong time to do the right thing. ‘Too little too late’ for me is this happening, and we can’t have change until we put that first foot forward,” he stated. “And that first foot forward for the ‘Bachelor’ franchise is having a black lead, so I’m excited to take on that role.”

James’s season of The Bachelor premieres on Jan. Four on ABC. 

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