Calling all hopeless romantics, reality TV-lovers and eligible singles!

This June, get ready to experience love, travel, adventure … and maybe just a little bit of drama.

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette—two reality TV shows where 25 strangers compete to win the affections of one contestant—are holding open casting calls in downtown Mount Clemens! If you consider yourself spontaneous, romantic and unafraid of the spotlight, head over to the Emerald Theatre (31 N. Walnut Street) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 22. You never know: If you make it on the show, you just might meet your soulmate – or at least score a free excursion to Paris or Rome.

If you’re thinking of trying out, here are some of the most common tips from former contestants:

  • The producers want to get to know the real you, so be yourself! Don’t try to adopt a fake persona; they’ll see right through it.
  • Dress like you would for a date. There will probably be a short on-camera interview, so you want to look your best, in case that clip gets shown on TV! And please, please, do not be one of those people who wears a mascot suit or a ridiculous costume to your audition. See tip #1.
  • Be ready to talk about yourself. A lot. The producers will likely ask you to fill out a questionnaire with questions ranging from “Do you have any pets?” to “Are you genuinely looking to get married and why?” It never hurts to be prepared!
  • Have fun! If nothing else, this will make a great story to tell your family and friends later on. Just relax, and have a good time.

And for those who would rather watch the romance and intrigue than play a part in it, season 13 of The Bachelorette began just a few weeks ago. The show airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC.


Jenna Russell is a summer intern at the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development. She is a senior at Oakland University.

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