With news that Australia’s very first Bachelor couple had in fact put a ring on it, reality TV cynics have been particularly quiet in the hours after the announcement.
Both Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich shared images on their respective Instagram accounts on Wednesday night announcing their engagement, just a week after Sam Wood and Snezana Markoski shared their own happy baby news.
What, and reality TV was about fame and not love, eh?
Except, in reality – pun intended – reality television often does err on the side of hiring people in pursuit of fame rather an a more earnest desire to take part in a social experiment.
So how come the Australian branches of The Bachelor and Bachelorette have had such a surprisingly remarkable strike rate? Of the six seasons, we’ve had two engagements, one baby-on-the-way, two solid relationships and two breakups.
Consider for a second the US version of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, who both demand cult followings and whom controversy follows with dogged determination. Of the 33 seasons (yes, that many) The Bachelor has a strike rate of three couples remaining together out of 21 seasons. The Bachelorette has five couples still together out of a possible 12. Do the maths (it’s fine, I can do it for you) and we’re talking a 25 per cent success rate. That compared to Australia’s own 66 per cent.
Sure, you can sit back and argue – quite legitimately – that perhaps it has a lot to do with the fact our franchise is a little newer, a bit fresher and therefore some of the relationships are in their infancy.
But also? Some aren’t.