Viewers must choose between Bachelorette, debate
As ten Democratic presidential hopefuls spar in Tuesday evening’s debate on CNN, just two candidates for Hannah Brown’s affection will battle in the season 15 finale of The Bachelorette.
And that’s a huge problem for some.
Both the debate and the Bachelorette finale are slated to run from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST — and some viewers are torn over which high-stakes drama to watch.
The finale episode of The Bachelorette will reveal which of the two men vying for Brown’s heart wins it forever. Tyler Cameron, who has won everyone over with his good looks and feminism; or Jed Wyatt, the singer-songwriter who doesn’t seem to be here for the right reasons.
There’s also the sequel to what was at times a contentious first debate, in which the highlight was Sen. Kamala Harris going after former Vice President Joe Biden on his race record.
Jordan Orris, 25, a graduate student and cabinet member of the conservative women’s organization Future Female Leaders of America, said her friends in Washington D.C. are planning to watch the two shows on “split TVs at bars.”
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Though she said it isn’t “world ending,” Orris called it “a little unfortunate” that the biggest events of her side hobbies — politics and The Bachelor franchise — happen to conflict.
“The consumers and viewers do have to choose, ‘am I going to watch honestly probably one of the craziest seasons of The Bachelorette that has ever gone on, or one of the craziest, biggest, widest, DNC elections that has ever gone on?’” Orris said. “It’s truly the extremes of both hobbies of mine.”
Like Orris, many have chimed in — on Twitter and otherwise — about their predicament, including elected officials and their staffs.
Tricia Cotham, a Democrat and former member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, tweeted her confusion. As did Amy Brown, the social media director for Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer, who did not qualify for this week’s debates.
“It’s ruining my life that the second dem debates and the bachelorette finale fall in the same week & frankly there should be a law against this,” Brown tweeted Tuesday.
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Other Washington D.C. regulars, like political reporter Al Weaver and communications advisor Lara Sisselman, who has worked for the Democratic party, also expressed their woes on Twitter.
“Wait — the bachelorette finale is the same night as the first Dem debate in Detroit? C’mon you guys,” Weaver tweeted.
“SOS @chrisbharrison plz advise,” Sisselman wrote, turning to Chris Harrison, the longtime host of the Bachelor franchise, for help.
Both programs are expected to have a large viewership. The first night of the June Democratic debates boasted 15.3 million viewers, while Monday night’s Bachelorette finale part one scored a season-high of 7.15 million views, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
For comparison, Fox Sports averaged 3.3 million viewers for regular season football games in the last season, though more anticipated matchups, such as the Michigan-Ohio State game, saw an audience of 13.2 million.
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While some are still unsure what they are going to do, others have figured it out.
“I’m watching the debates [and] I’m recording the Bachelorette,” Victoria Koffsky, 22, Vice President of the College Democrats and a big fan of the Bachelor franchise, said.
“Well, as much as I love the Bachelorette I recognize that it’s not actually important,” said Koffsky, who has never missed a season.
Because much of her work with College Democrats is informing others and encouraging people to vote, Koffsky has to be up-to-date, she said. For her, “it’s important to be informed on how the candidates will perform today at the debate.”
Alyssa Mastromonaco, a deputy chief of staff for former President Barack Obama, told her Twitter followers she will “DVR both but watch the first hour of @BacheloretteABC then switch to debate and then watch the last hour of Bach once the debate is over bc I’m not sticking around for political commentary!!”
Taylor Armstrong, 18, an incoming freshman at Bucknell University, said she is “very invested in both the world of reality TV and fun, and the seriousness of our country’s future.”
Ultimately, she said she’ll be watching the debates since they are “crucial to help form an opinion of who the best candidate is and who can lead the country to a better place.”
Cara Reaume, 25, a software engineer from Detroit, made a different decision.
“I don’t know if this is the right answer, but I ultimately am going to watch The Bachelorette,” she said. “Not watching the Bachelorette and seeing spoilers is worse than not watching the debate and seeing spoilers—unless Marianne Williamson says another crazy thing, which would be fun to see live.”
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Despite the Twitter frenzy of where to tune in, some, like Robert Joerg, 22, former president of the College Democrats of Michigan, are “not worried about that.”
“I don’t think that this is that big of a predicament…because can certainly DVR the Bachelorette final or catch it on some sort of replay,” Joerg said. “I think younger voters are acutely aware of the importance of this debate and would understand why it’s more important…to watch the democratic debates, considering the future of our country is at stake.