Unlucky-in-love women try their hand at ‘Bachelor’ 

Laura Hoffman unsuccessfully tried so many avenues in her pursuit to meet the man of her dreams that finding love through reality TV didn’t seem so desperate.

The 29-year-old from Modesto was among roughly 100 women who traveled to San Francisco on Thursday to answer a casting call for ABC’s “The Bachelor,” an elimination-style show that puts 25 women from around the country in a competition each week to win one man’s affection. Each week, the chosen women receive a rose and at the end of the show, the bachelor typically bends down on one knee to present the winner, i.e., his soul mate, with a Harry Winston diamond engagement ring.

“There are really no available men in Modesto,” Hoffman said. “So I’m trying to look for people in different ways.”

The auditions, which took place Thursday at the Hotel Monaco in Union Square, will help cast the 15th running of the dating show that started in 2002. The next season will start filming in fall and air in January, according to casting producer Ashley Dickinson.

The casting process consisted of an application, photos and a three-minute interview. Most hopefuls were in and out of the process within an hour. The applicants will find out if they move to the next round of casting in two weeks.

The atmosphere of the hotel’s basement level was a mix of nervousness and excitement.

“It’s all fun. But if it actually happens, I think I’ll be scared,” Tara Caldwell, 24, said.

Caldwell wore a form-fitting black-and-teal dress with peep-toe pumps. Many of the women, all of whom are at least 21 years old, donned high heels or wedges. Others accentuated their style with bright-colored dresses or skinny jeans, and some even wore shorts.

Roughly a dozen guys also decided to try their luck at love and auditioned to be one of 25 men vying for a single woman on the next “Bachelorette,” the gender-reversed spin-off. The current “Bachelorette,” Ali Fedotowsky, is from San Francisco.

Paul Jordan, 34, of Millbrae said he too is looking for love and the experience the show can offer him through travel and dating adventures.

“I thought it would be a fun thing to do,” Jordan said. “I watch the show and it seems like it would be an interesting experience.”


By the numbers

2002: Year The Bachelor premiered
2003: Year The Bachelorette premiered
14: Completed seasons of The Bachelor
6: Completed seasons of The Bachelorette
0: Bachelors who married the woman presented with the final rose
1: Bachelors who married the runner-up
1: Bachelorettes who married the man presented with the final rose

Source: ABC

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