The reality of reality TV can be less than glamorous.
Blake Elarbee made his debut on Season 13 of ABC's "The Bachelorette" with a huge drum line entrance and an eccentric interview, but being on one of the biggest shows in the U.S. doesn’t always translate into thousands of followers and lucrative brand deals.
Elarbee stopped by Circa Pop Live and gave us the real-deal rundown of how "The Bachelorette" changed his life, for better or worse. Three episodes and 6 million viewers later, the personal trainer says he’s gotten zero clients as a result of the show and his search to find love is ongoing.
As far as his high-profile feud with the “Whaboom Guy” that ultimately led to both of them leaving early on, Elarbee says the conflict actually hurt his networking potential with other former contestants, who might see him as the character he was portrayed as on-air.
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But aside from the 13-year-olds trolling him on Instagram -- watch the video for Elarbee talking about this, it’s amazing -- he does enjoy the occasional Venice Beach celebrity treatment, with people wanting a photo with the “aspiring drummer.”
Even after his short-lived appearance on "Bachelor in Paradise," Elarbee says he’d consider taking another swing at reality TV, if it’s the right show — I hear they’re casting for "Fear Factor."
Check out the full interview with Elarbee below. He dives deep into what it’s like to see yourself edited out of context, and how reality producers can work to get that perfect soundbite out of you. Fans of the show "Unreal" will definitely like this.
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