For The Bachelor fans, the opening-season rose ceremony stakes will rise when the third series of the show goes to air next Sunday night.
For the first time in New Zealand, producers are introducing one white rose to be given out during the first cocktail party.
They would not reveal the significance, apart from admitting it was a device from the Aussie producers to drum up the tension.
It’s not just about staying in the competition for love on the first night, it’s a contest to see who makes the best impression on Zac Franich.
In various Australian seasons, the white rose made the recipient safe from elimination for two rose ceremonies, or allowed them to plan a special one-on-one date with the Bachelor, or crash a date. The best benefit was VIP access — allowing the holder to retreat to a private area with the Bachelor anytime during the season. We guess, that is, unless it goes to your head and the Bachelor kicks you out. And the girls should be warned — what happens in the “private” area will be filmed.
“It was a bit of added pressure because I’d only just met everyone. To single someone out at the first cocktail party was a bit intimidating, but it was exciting too, and was definitely a talking point among the girls,” Franich, 28, told Spy.
“All the women I met on the first night were amazing — but there were a few who made a great first impression, and I knew I wanted to get to know them better straight off the bat. But this rose gave them an advantage so I had to make sure I chose wisely.”
Franich thinks the rose is a magic weapon.
“I can’t say too much, you’ll have to tune in and find out. What I can tell you is that getting the white rose is a good thing — for a start it acts like a red rose in that it saves the recipient from elimination for the first ceremony. So getting it at the cocktail party instantly took the pressure off for one bachelorette . . . but it also has other magical powers!”