Were Chris Harrison and Lauren Zima’s ‘Group Dates’ On Instagram Secretly Preparing us for ‘The Bachelor in Quarantine’?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Chris Harrison and Lauren Zima

The host of The Bachelor, Chris Harrison, runs numerous {couples}’ Group Dates on his Instagram dwell together with his girlfriend, Lauren Zima — who you may know from Roses and Rose. The movies are humorous, informative, and needed content material throughout this coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine. However, we expect they had been making ready us for one thing larger — a brand new present concept — The Bachelor in Quarantine.

Chris Harrison and Lauren Zima
Chris Harrison and Lauren Zima | Phillip Faraone/FilmMagic

What is ‘Group Date’ with Chris Harrison and Lauren Zima?

The Group Date started as a nightly hearth chat with Harrison and Zima. The couple determined to go dwell each night time to encourage others to remain residence. They additionally donated to quite a few charities throughout their chats and {couples}’ group dates. 

“Chris and I are going live on Instagram at 6:30 pst every night with the hope that you’ll stay home with us ❤ we love you,” Zima wrote within the caption of 1 picture. “If you miss them because of time zones, they’re up on Chris’ Instagram. But please, stay home with us.”

Initially, they invited company, reminiscent of former Bachelor and podcast host, Nick Viall, however in a short time they realized it was extra enjoyable to ask {couples}. The curiosity and followers continued to come back as they requested pairs reminiscent of Sarah Hyland and Adam Wells, Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph, and Ben Higgins and Jessica Clarke to take part.

On the Instagram dwell, viewers watched a split-screen — on one facet was Harrison and Zima — whereas on the opposite facet was the visitor couple. Higgins and Clarke even advised their engagement story throughout one Group Date. Many followers had been ecstatic to look at the present each night time. The likes and feedback flowed in.

What is ‘The Bachelor in Quarantine’?

Fast Forward — one month later — we came upon on April 20, 2020, that The Bachelor executives are tossing across the concept of operating a present referred to as The Bachelor in Quarantine.

“The smartest thing about The Bachelor is its willingness to evolve as a format, so if we have to shoot a cycle that displays these instances, that’s what we’re going to take a look at doing,” Mills advised Deadline.

The filming of Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette was postponed on March 13, 2020 — resulting from COVID-19. The collection was set to start airing on May 13, 2020; nevertheless, that date is now developing quick. The producers promise that Crawley will get her likelihood at love, nevertheless it may now be for a number of months.

However, within the meantime, it seems just like the producers are engaged on one thing a bit totally different. 

‘The Bachelor in Quarantine’ may host digital {couples} group dates

ABC didn’t announce that The Bachelor in Paradise is canceled for this summer time; nevertheless, the producers did admit it doesn’t appear possible. They may probably get 20 singles collectively, however the crew of 180-200 folks could be an excessive amount of with the present scenario on the earth. 

Instead, may they get those self same 20 singles collectively on a video convention name? Could they subject date playing cards, after which have the contestants document their dwell video dates and ship them into manufacturing for enhancing. American Idol is doing it already, with their recorded performances from residence. 

So, as an alternative of ready and holding out hope that issues will return to regular, the producers are engaged on one thing else. What it’s going to seem like, they didn’t say, however viewers cherished Harrison and Zima’s Group Date, so let’s hope followers will take pleasure in this, too.

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