Is ‘The Bachelor’ abandoning Ben Flajnik, Ashley Hebert model?

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When “The Bachelor” franchise first kicked off into high gear, there was a rather specific way in which the show liked to do things. Producers would either cast someone who was wealthy, royalty (in one case), or had an interesting job so that there would be a reason for the women to all flock to them. While this method of casting forced viewers to get to know the person on the fly, it was easy to dive into the show without any past knowledge of seasons past.

However, more recently executive producer Mike Fleiss and the show have opted to turn to a format that relies on the show’s own history, where members of past seasons are cast to become the new lead. Brad Womack (the first time around) was the last time that the show opted for a leading man who was not on a past season in some shape or form, and it has been years since they have changed that up. (Then again, we understand why — longtime viewers love having someone to root for from the beginning.)

Could we be at a turning point? Possibly. According to some reports, the show is actually looking at taking applications for the lead role as the next “Bachelor.” Granted, they are not guaranteeing that a man from Emily Maynard’s upcoming “Bachelorette” or another show alum will be cast aside, but it does at least give some hope for guys up there with some sort of obsession interest in dating multiple women at the same time.

If you want to apply (and this also includes people who want to be contestants on an upcoming “Bachelor” season or “Bachelor Pad 3”), head on over to this link. If nothing else, maybe we’ll be writing about you someday (and we promise to be reasonably nice).

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