'The Bachelor' finale starring Arie Luyendyk Jr. to reportedly air unedited, raw scenes in franchise first
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/05/2018
The Bachelor's finale with Arie Luyendyk Jr. will reportedly be groundbreaking in more ways than one -- including producers' decision to air unedited, raw footage.
After 21 seasons and 15 years on the air, The Bachelor's two-night Season 22 finale will make history by featuring totally unedited scenes for the first time ever, Entertainment Tonightreported.
"This is an unprecedented and extremely unusual move for the franchise," a source close to production told ET.
"The show will include completely unedited scenes just as they were shot, with both cameras visible at all times to show every word and every moment of an incredibly emotional moment. It's nothing like you've seen on The Bachelor."
This change in format will allow fans to feel they're present in the moment and at the center of the drama, with no walls separating themselves from the talent and production.
In seasons past,The Bachelor airs a two-hour pre-taped finale followed by a live one-hour After the Final Rose special.
However, the conclusion of Arie's edition will air on Monday from 8-11PM ET/PT, with the After the Final Rose broadcast airing on March 6 from 8-10PM ET/PT.
The finale event will have it all -- pre-taped footage from Peru; unedited scenes; in-person interviews with Arie, Lauren Burnham and Becca Kufrin; and the announcement of the new The Bachelorette star.