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Hundreds hoping to find love attend casting call for ABC’s “The Bachelor”

Eligible men and women in pursuit of true love traveled to Crocker Park Sunday to audition for the ABC hit reality show “The Bachelor.”

At the open casting call, hundreds of potential contestants signed in, filled out an application, and then waited in line to have their picture taken. The final step was an individual three to five minute on-camera interview with casting directors from the show and News Channel 5, casting producer Sunny Willebrand said.

Applicants are required to be single and at least 21 years old.

Willebrand added that although mostly women attended, the records of men who applied might be kept on file for possible future consideration of casting for “The Bachelorette.”

Regardless of their dating background, just about every contestant waiting in line seemed to have their heart set on finding Mr. (or Ms.) Right; such is the case for Mike, a physical therapist from North Ridgeville.

“I think that it’s been one of the main things that I’ve focused on,” he said.  “I’m getting a little bit older and I want to settle down, I want to have a family, children… I think that if this is the route that God takes me on, then this is the route that I go, finding that woman.”

While it’s hard to decipher the “ideal” contestant, Lexa from Westerville believes the show is looking for someone who’s at a point in their life where they have extremely similar goals as the person they’re looking to settle with.

Furthermore, finding love on national television isn’t the easiest thing to prepare for, yet the sacrifice of leaving home, a career and/or family is worth it to some individuals.

“You have to be ready for change,” said Westlake resident Brittany, who has watched the show for the past 10 years.

Willebrand said Crocker Park is one of about 18 to 20 casting sessions held across the United States for this season of “The Bachelor”. Only 25 contestants collectively make it to the show.

 

 

Dozens of potential contestants eagerly await their turn to be photographed. (West Life photo by Emily McIntyre)

 

An applicant shares a laugh with the photographer between poses. (West Life photo by Emily McIntyre)

 

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