The Bachelor final: Shocking truth about the show revealed by ex-stars

Several contestants from Matt Agnew’s season of The Bachelor have broken ranks to expose the reality of filming the Channel 10 dating show. 

From ‘hostel-like’ living conditions inside the $3.5million mansion to being paid just $90 per day, the program is anything but romantic behind the scenes. 

Here, Daily Mail Australia takes a look at The Bachelor’s darkest secrets – and you’ll never watch it in the same way again.

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From 'hostel-like' living conditions, to the dreaded 'three-strike policy': Contestants from The Bachelor have revealed what it's REALLY like on set of Matt Agnew's season

From 'hostel-like' living conditions, to the dreaded 'three-strike policy': Contestants from The Bachelor have revealed what it's REALLY like on set of Matt Agnew's season

From ‘hostel-like’ living conditions, to the dreaded ‘three-strike policy’: Contestants from The Bachelor have revealed what it’s REALLY like on set of Matt Agnew’s season 

INTERVIEWS AND STI TESTS

After applying for the show, contestants are subjected to multiple interviews and questionnaires before they’re given the green light.

From start to finish, the whole process can drag out for several months.

Before entering the Bachelor mansion, each woman must pass an STI (sexually transmitted infection) test and a psychological test.

Intrusive? Before appearing on the show, the contestants must complete both an STI (sexually transmitted infection) test and psychological test. Pictured: Abbie Chatfield and Matt Agnew

Intrusive? Before appearing on the show, the contestants must complete both an STI (sexually transmitted infection) test and psychological test. Pictured: Abbie Chatfield and Matt Agnew

Intrusive? Before appearing on the show, the contestants must complete both an STI (sexually transmitted infection) test and psychological test. Pictured: Abbie Chatfield and Matt Agnew

GOING INTO LOCKDOWN 

Before filming begins, the women are put into ‘lockdown’ for several days. 

‘You have your phone taken off you, you’re put into a hotel somewhere in Sydney and can’t do anything without your chaperone,’ said one contestant, speaking on the condition of anonymity. 

This is apparently to stop the women from ‘reading spoilers about who the Bachelor is’ and to get them into a ‘mindset where [they’re] focused only on the show’. 

The contestant added: ‘By the time you meet Matt and film your arrival, you’re just desperate for somebody new to talk to and to get out of that hotel room.’  

Low profile: Before filming begins, contestants are put into lockdown in hotels around Sydney for several days to 'prevent them from finding out who the Bachelor is'. Pictured: Monique Morley

Low profile: Before filming begins, contestants are put into lockdown in hotels around Sydney for several days to 'prevent them from finding out who the Bachelor is'. Pictured: Monique Morley

Low profile: Before filming begins, contestants are put into lockdown in hotels around Sydney for several days to ‘prevent them from finding out who the Bachelor is’. Pictured: Monique Morley

MOVING INTO THE ‘CRAMPED’ MANSION 

While the Bachelor mansion in Oxford Falls, Sydney may seem lavish on screen, the rooms that aren’t shown on TV are less than glamorous. 

Series ‘villain’ Rachael Arahill recently branded the living quarters ‘cramped’ and ‘like a hostel’ in a since-deleted Instagram Story post.

She added that, at the start of filming, the 28 women were forced to share just four bedrooms.

Meanwhile, the seemingly elegant lounge room used for the Rose Ceremonies is actually a triple lock-up garage

Speaking out: Bachelor 'villain' Rachael Arahill recently branded the living quarters 'cramped' and 'like a hostel' in a since-deleted Instagram Story post

Speaking out: Bachelor 'villain' Rachael Arahill recently branded the living quarters 'cramped' and 'like a hostel' in a since-deleted Instagram Story post

Speaking out: Bachelor ‘villain’ Rachael Arahill recently branded the living quarters ‘cramped’ and ‘like a hostel’ in a since-deleted Instagram Story post

Surprise! Meanwhile, the seemingly elegant lounge room used for the Rose Ceremonies is actually a triple lock-up garage (circled)

Surprise! Meanwhile, the seemingly elegant lounge room used for the Rose Ceremonies is actually a triple lock-up garage (circled)

Surprise! Meanwhile, the seemingly elegant lounge room used for the Rose Ceremonies is actually a triple lock-up garage (circled)

STYLED TO PERFECTION? THINK AGAIN 

The dream of wearing designer clothes and being dressed by professional stylists doesn’t last long for contestants on The Bachelor.

The show’s resident stylist, Kim Hurwitz, mostly dresses the women for cocktail parties and Rose Ceremonies, and only offers them a few outfit choices. 

For group dates, piece-to-camera interviews and general mansion footage, the stars are forced to wear their own clothes from home. 

To make matters worse, there isn’t even a dedicated hair and makeup room, with the contestants forced to get ready in a space above the garage. 

Bring a suitcase! Bachelor contestants are only styled for Rose Ceremonies and cocktail parties, and must wear their own clothes the rest of the time. Pictured: Nikki Ferris

Bring a suitcase! Bachelor contestants are only styled for Rose Ceremonies and cocktail parties, and must wear their own clothes the rest of the time. Pictured: Nikki Ferris

Bring a suitcase! Bachelor contestants are only styled for Rose Ceremonies and cocktail parties, and must wear their own clothes the rest of the time. Pictured: Nikki Ferris

Bring a suitcase! Bachelor contestants are only styled for Rose Ceremonies and cocktail parties, and must wear their own clothes the rest of the time. Pictured: Nikki Ferris

Bring a suitcase! Bachelor contestants are only styled for Rose Ceremonies and cocktail parties, and must wear their own clothes the rest of the time. Pictured: Nikki Ferris

Not so glam! To make matters worse, there isn't even a dedicated hair and makeup room, with the contestants forced to get ready in a space above the garage Pictured: Nichole Wood

Not so glam! To make matters worse, there isn't even a dedicated hair and makeup room, with the contestants forced to get ready in a space above the garage Pictured: Nichole Wood

Not so glam! To make matters worse, there isn’t even a dedicated hair and makeup room, with the contestants forced to get ready in a space above the garage Pictured: Nichole Wood 

RULES, RULES AND EVEN MORE RULES 

Once you’re accepted onto the show, contestants must sign a contract with producers Warner Bros. Australia that includes many stipulations. 

Besides the obvious rules about not revealing the winner or leaking spoilers, the contract states that contestants will be paid a daily allowance of just $90.

The strictest conditions relate to social media activity, however. 

Confidential: Once you're accepted onto the show, contestants must sign a contract with producers Warner Bros. Australia that includes many stipulations. Pictured: Monique Morley

Confidential: Once you're accepted onto the show, contestants must sign a contract with producers Warner Bros. Australia that includes many stipulations. Pictured: Monique Morley

Confidential: Once you’re accepted onto the show, contestants must sign a contract with producers Warner Bros. Australia that includes many stipulations. Pictured: Monique Morley 

From the day filming began on February 27 until the first promotional pictures were released by Channel 10 on July 28, contestants were not allowed to post anything on social media.

From July 28 onward, the women are only permitted to upload pictures supplied by the network. This obligation expires when their elimination scene has aired on TV. 

In addition, it’s common knowledge they can’t promote any brands in sponsored posts until long after the finale airs. This rule is widely ignored, however. 

Keeping them in line: Channel 10 publicists enforce a 'three-strike policy' with the bachelorettes, giving them a single 'strike' for each minor rule break

Keeping them in line: Channel 10 publicists enforce a 'three-strike policy' with the bachelorettes, giving them a single 'strike' for each minor rule break

Keeping them in line: Channel 10 publicists enforce a ‘three-strike policy’ with the bachelorettes, giving them a single ‘strike’ for each minor rule break

THREE-STRIKE POLICY 

Channel 10 publicists enforce a ‘three-strike policy’ with the bachelorettes, giving them a single ‘strike’ for each minor rule break. 

If a contestant reaches ‘three strikes’, publicists have the right to withdraw publicity opportunities and refuse to provide them with content to share on Instagram.

One contestant claimed the ‘three-strike policy’ is a ‘scare tactic’ to keep the women in line – but many of them simply ignore it without consequences. 

‘[Publicists] say things like, “It will become a ‘legal situation'”, and, “You won’t get on Bachelor in Paradise or Dancing with the Stars” unless we follow the rules,’ they said.

Incentive: One contestant claimed that Channel 10 publicists say they 'won't get on Bachelor in Paradise' unless they play by the rules. Pictured: The 2019 cast of Bachelor in Paradise

Incentive: One contestant claimed that Channel 10 publicists say they 'won't get on Bachelor in Paradise' unless they play by the rules. Pictured: The 2019 cast of Bachelor in Paradise

Incentive: One contestant claimed that Channel 10 publicists say they ‘won’t get on Bachelor in Paradise’ unless they play by the rules. Pictured: The 2019 cast of Bachelor in Paradise

GOING ROGUE 

Despite the various rules in place, Matt’s contestants have gone rouge this year.

As previously reported by Daily Mail Australia, some cast members have been hosting secret ‘freedom parties’ to celebrate their elimination episodes being aired.

Interestingly, rumoured winner Chelsie McLeod has been socialising with her co-stars at events like these, despite still being featured heavily on the show.

Leaked footage from Abbie Chatfield’s private viewing party was particularly embarrassing for Channel 10, as it showed her cringing in her living room while watching Matt on screen. 

Going rogue! As previously reported by Daily Mail Australia, some cast members have been hosting secret 'freedom parties' to celebrate their elimination episodes being aired

Going rogue! As previously reported by Daily Mail Australia, some cast members have been hosting secret 'freedom parties' to celebrate their elimination episodes being aired

Going rogue! As previously reported by Daily Mail Australia, some cast members have been hosting secret ‘freedom parties’ to celebrate their elimination episodes being aired

Breaking the rules? Interestingly, rumoured winner Chelsie McLeod has been socialising with her co-stars at events like these, despite still being featured heavily on the show

Breaking the rules? Interestingly, rumoured winner Chelsie McLeod has been socialising with her co-stars at events like these, despite still being featured heavily on the show

Breaking the rules? Interestingly, rumoured winner Chelsie McLeod has been socialising with her co-stars at events like these, despite still being featured heavily on the show

‘Obviously producers set me up!’ said Rachael in an unauthorised Instagram Live broadcast from her ‘freedom party’ on August 28.

Rachael went on to claim that her ‘flirtation’ with a male crew member during filming – a scandal which led to her exit – was not accurate. 

Sogand Mohtat made an appearance during the same livestream. She shocked fans by confirming her exit from the show, which would not air until September 4.

Contestants have also gone rogue on live television, with Rachael and Nikki Ferris hijacking an episode of Studio 10 on August 29.

Nikki said that Matt looked like a ‘lesbian’, before Rachael called him a ‘f**king dog’.  

Spoiler alert! Sogand Mohtat made an appearance during an unauthorised Instagram livestream on August 28. She shocked fans by confirming her exit from the show, which would not air until September 4

Spoiler alert! Sogand Mohtat made an appearance during an unauthorised Instagram livestream on August 28. She shocked fans by confirming her exit from the show, which would not air until September 4

Spoiler alert! Sogand Mohtat made an appearance during an unauthorised Instagram livestream on August 28. She shocked fans by confirming her exit from the show, which would not air until September 4

Whoops! Contestants have also gone rogue on live television, with Rachael Arahill (right) and Nikki Ferris (left) hijacking an episode of Studio 10 on August 29. Nikki said that Matt looked like a 'lesbian', before Rachael called him a 'f**king dog'

Whoops! Contestants have also gone rogue on live television, with Rachael Arahill (right) and Nikki Ferris (left) hijacking an episode of Studio 10 on August 29. Nikki said that Matt looked like a 'lesbian', before Rachael called him a 'f**king dog'

Whoops! Contestants have also gone rogue on live television, with Rachael Arahill (right) and Nikki Ferris (left) hijacking an episode of Studio 10 on August 29. Nikki said that Matt looked like a ‘lesbian’, before Rachael called him a ‘f**king dog’ 

LEGAL CONSEQUENCES? 

TV Blackbox editor Rob McKnight recently said that this year’s contestants are treading a dangerous line with their rule breaking. 

‘Networks absolutely do not want to lose the power,’ he told The New Daily on August 29. ‘But when the contestants realise, “What are they going to do if we break [rules]?”, they take control of the narrative themselves.’

Responding to Daily Mail Australia’s exclusive story about the ‘three-strike policy’ last month, McKnight added: ‘If that’s true, they’re going to have to come down hard and decide if they make an example out of someone.’ 

Power struggle: TV industry insider Rob McKnight recently said that this year's contestants are treading a dangerous line with their rule breaking. Pictured: Abbie Chatfield at a viewing party

Power struggle: TV industry insider Rob McKnight recently said that this year's contestants are treading a dangerous line with their rule breaking. Pictured: Abbie Chatfield at a viewing party

Power struggle: TV industry insider Rob McKnight recently said that this year's contestants are treading a dangerous line with their rule breaking. Pictured: Abbie Chatfield at a viewing party

Power struggle: TV industry insider Rob McKnight recently said that this year's contestants are treading a dangerous line with their rule breaking. Pictured: Abbie Chatfield at a viewing party

Power struggle: TV industry insider Rob McKnight recently said that this year’s contestants are treading a dangerous line with their rule breaking. Pictured: Abbie Chatfield at a viewing party

Rachael Arahill, who is perhaps this season’s most outspoken contestant, recently stunned fans by biting her tongue for once in a Instagram Q&A video. 

When asked for gossip, she replied: ‘Yeah, look… there’s a few things this afternoon that I would probably prefer to do than deal with some lawyers.’

However, she promised to ‘spill a lot of tea’ once her contract with Channel 10 and Warner Bros. Australia has expired.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel 10 for comment.  

Staying silent: Rachael Arahill (pictured), perhaps this season's most outspoken contestant, recently said she might have to 'deal with lawyers' if she's not careful what she says

Staying silent: Rachael Arahill (pictured), perhaps this season's most outspoken contestant, recently said she might have to 'deal with lawyers' if she's not careful what she says

Staying silent: Rachael Arahill (pictured), perhaps this season’s most outspoken contestant, recently said she might have to ‘deal with lawyers’ if she’s not careful what she says

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