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18 Behind-The-Scenes Rules That Every "Bachelor" Contestant Is Required To Follow

You can't actually eat the food on the dates.

1. You are required to take an STD test before appearing on the show.


Producers have to make sure that Fantasy Suite is safe, y'all.

2. You must complete a thorough psychiatric evaluation before coming into the house.

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According to ABC News, producers give each candidate an 800-question test.

3. Once you're cast on the show, you only have two to three weeks to get ready before the show starts shooting.


This includes getting all your makeup and wardrobe ready, and figuring out how you're gonna leave your job behind for two full months.

4. You must sign a contract agreeing to be filmed 24/7 — even by hidden cameras that you don't know are there.

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Luckily, those secret cameras "shall not be positioned to intentionally capture images of you urinating or defecating in the bathroom." So that's good.

5. You must refer to your experience on the show as a "journey," not a "process."


If you accidentally call it a "process," they'll make you re-tape it.

6. You cannot actually eat the food on your dates.


It's a waste of precious filming time and microphones would pick up the chewing sounds. Instead, contestants eat before the date.

7. Everything you bring to the mansion must fit in two suitcases.

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This includes "clothing for both cold and warm weather, athletic wear, bathing suits, heels, tennis shoes, sandals, cocktail, long, and casual dresses, and heavy coats," according to Andi Dorfman's book.

8. You are responsible for doing all your own cooking and cleaning while staying in the house.


You even have to do your own laundry.

9. There's a whole list of items that are banned from the house — including phones, laptops, tablets, and TVs.

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"It's kind of shocking because for the first few days you're going through withdrawal of everything in your life. And it definitely feels like a bubble," said former contestant Melissa Rycroft.

10. You're not even allowed to READ inside the mansion — no magazines or books allowed.

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You are allowed to bring the Bible or other religious texts, but that's it.

11. You are only allowed to listen to music with a producer's permission.


For example, a producer might loan you an iPod before a long flight. But no music inside the house!

12. There is no air conditioning allowed inside the mansion, because the sound would be picked up on microphones.


“Couple that with 25 girls using their blowdryers and hair tools and the production lighting, and I was a sweaty, greasy mess all of the time," said former contestant Ashley Spivey.

13. You are required to do your own hair and makeup for the duration of the show.

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With exceptions for the first and last days of filming, where professionals are brought in to help.

14. You must provide your own wardrobe for the show, which can cost many thousands of dollars. One former contestant even admitted to re-mortgaging her home to afford the clothing.


"I had re-mortgaged my house and I spent something like $8,000 on clothing," Jillian Harris revealed.

15. You are not allowed to date the show's producers while filming. Which might seem obvious...but some contestants have actually broken this rule!

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You might remember when contestant Rozlyn Papa was sent home for hooking up with a producer.

16. If you're hoping to bathe, you might have to share your shower with another contestant.

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According to former contestant Whitney Bischoff, there are only four showers in the mansion. “When there are that many girls and not a lot of time or space, desperate times call for desperate measures."

17. You are not allowed to keep up with current events or watch the news.


Producers might inform you if there's something MAJOR going on in the world, but you're otherwise cut off.

18. And finally, you are only allowed to keep that expensive Neil Lane engagement ring if you stay together for at least two years.

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