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Ahead of tonight’s highly-anticipated premiere of The Bachelorette, details about this year’s contestants’ contracts and salaries have leaked online.
The Bachelorette contestants reportedly have a very similar contract to this year’s Bachelor stars, which includes the $5000 bonus for handing over access to their Instagram account.
An additional clause in their contract, however, allegedly states that they cannot create a fake Instagram account as previous contestants have done in the past.
The new change likely comes after Bachelor star Stephanie Lynch was caught out with a second profile and didn’t receive her bonus $5000.
The 27-year-old had gone ‘rogue’ and spoiled her elimination just hours before it aired on TV, writing: “Ssgl out tonight. Thanks for all ur love & support over the last month!”
Looking at each of The Bachelorette participants’ social media, it appears that all 16 of them obliged and handed over access to their accounts.
Each of their Instagram bios include a statement reading: “This account is currently managed by a third party on behalf of [their name] from 13 October 2021. Participant on #BacheloretteAU S7”
Unlike The Bachelor, the contestants’ profile photos have changed to include The Bachelorette’s logo with their cocktail party headshot.
It’s also reported that the show’s participants are given a weekly expense allowance, which an anonymous ex-contestant claimed to be “under $100 a day”.
“It is below minimum wage," they told News Corp. “It’s ridiculous what you get paid. A lot of the girls were excited to get that amount a week, but I was like ‘Are you serious I wouldn't get out of bed for that’.”
Meanwhile, sources told Perth Now that Brooke Blurton is receiving up to $250,000 to star in the new season.
The salary gossip comes shortly after Brooke Blurton spoke to Yahoo Lifestyle about her mixed-gender cast bringing “a very fun dynamic” to this year’s cocktail parties.
“I feel like the people are so much more genuine and authentic than previous seasons, and that's just me being completely and utterly bias,” she told us.
“I think everyone’s got their different personality and I think you’ll see the uniqueness of each and every one of those individuals.
“But also, not everyone’s going to be my perfect match and I’m okay with having those conversations about why.”
The Bachelorette premieres Wednesday, 20 October at 7.30pm.
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