In an upcoming article for M2 I sat down for a chat with Dominic Bowden, host of The Bachelor. We talked about the challenges and opportunities of breaking into LA and interacting with the scene there. But closer to home Social Media got turned upside down during the last season of The Bachelor when it turned out that contestant Karina Grant had previously gone out with Dominic, casting the host suddenly into the spotlight of the show.
What follows is a piece of our conversation together on the challenges of social media and old flames. He’s a great guy and he took it all really well.
Has social media changed those conversations and those moments?
You can’t get away with anything anymore. Everything is instantaneous. Social media has a lot to answer for, both good and bad. It can be detrimental if you aren’t in the moment.
Talking about social media, Is there anything in the Bachelor that nobody found out about?
Not really. The season has been full of social media moments. Interestingly in America the Bachelor is the number 1 show and the Bachelourette is number 2. I’d be surprised if the Bachelour wasn’t the most social show in New Zealand. It’s the kind of show you want to talk about. People have opinions about what our Bachelor did and the decisions he made.
The only way to watch the Bachelor is with the feed open on Twitter. I had a lot of fun with it. Some of it was brutal but some of it was really funny as well. It adds another layer to the viewing experience.
You’re also dealing with the 22 bachelourettes with social presences as well. Everything comes out, you can’t get away with anything.
You had an ex on the show right?
I did! Exactly. That was something Social Media had a lot of fun with. I got a bit of a grilling. People called it my roast.
Did you know she was going to be there?
No that was a surprise to all of us. It was a fun little thing to be surprised by.
Did you mind?
Not at all. Everyone’s got a past. It was just a little bit of an awkward coincidence.